4 dusty gems from the 1970s

I don’t know about you, but one of the most rewarding ways of spending a few idle moments is a good old fussock around YouTube looking for musical gems.

Here’s a few that I’ve bookmarked recently…

10cc…they were always a bit too clever-clever for me, but I seem to have become a real fan of late. ‘Rubber Bullets’ is a great song – witty lyrics, an interesting chord structure and great ensemble playing. This is a live version with a nice jam at the end…note the changed lyrics…


Another fantastic 1970s band were Be Bop Deluxe, with the sublime guitar playing of Bill Nelson.  I used to play this tune in a band called ‘Spud and the Fabs’ – and sing it too…


The early to mid 1970s were great musically – it was still OK to be able to play your instrument well, as the Edgar Winter Group show in this 10 minute version of ‘Frankenstein’. It was OK to look as if you were actually enjoying yourself, too…


I’ve always had a soft spot for Mott, with Ian Hunter’s flawed yet consummate ability to live and breathe rock and the way that the band were so shambolic yet never quite fell apart.  Incidentally, Mrs Shark went to school with two of the band – Buffin and Overend Watts…and yes, he really does sing ‘cock in hole queen’, the rude little monkey…


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  1. Thanks for that – I’d forgotten about Bill Nelson….just went up to Oxford Street and bought all the BBD cd’s except Sunburst Finish, which is on order from Amazon…..too impatient to wait for the others…..a great guitarist and composer.

    Maid in Heaven is a stand-out song, small and perfectly formed.

  2. A great, great band although they peaked early – Drastic Plastic is their anti-guitar album in a way and points the way to Nelson’s next band ‘Red Noise’ which was really rather good, but without as much guitar heroics.
    What a player though! Beautiful muscular lines and great vibrato.
    My fave track of the moment is ‘Music in Dreamland’ with the great brass band parts and Nelson’s manic end solo where he almost out Jimi’s Jimi.

  3. Haven’t got there yet, the trip down memory lane will occur over the weekend. One thing I did notice though just listening to the first few tracks of Axe Victim and Maid a few more times is – and this I think is commonly overlooked – he also knew when NOT to use vibrato. George Harrison was also good at this, even when his vibrato had become tasteful.

    BTW, and don’t take this the wrong way, are you a wrist twister, a forearm shaker like Clapton or a finger wiggler like Angus?

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