Welcome Back My Friends!

It's the show that never ends...

It’s the show that never ends…

Happy Monday to everyone out there looking to get another musical boot in the derriere to help kickstart your week.  The Nest’s Dusty Vinyl Archive is once again at your service and offering up all of the lost hits you can tolerate before the coffee kicks in.  DJ Scratchy is in a progressive mood this morning, and is about to give the Sponkies a lesson on the good old days of neverending rock and roll that helped many an FM disc jockey find time to hit the can without having to stop the music.  It’s gonna be the greatest earworm on heaven, hell or earth…

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This past Friday, the rock and roll world lost keyboardist extraordinaire Keith Emerson at the age of 71.  Since I had a song by Emerson Lake and Powell on the waiting list for a DVA write up, I figured I’d go ahead and offer it up this week in tribute.

Wait a minute, you’re saying to yourself… the band was Emerson Lake and Palmer, not Powell.  True, the glory days of ELP had Carl Palmer manning the drums… but since he was a part of early 80’s supergroup Asia after Emerson Lake and Palmer’s breakup in 1979, Palmer was unavailable when E and L decided to revive their original group for an album in 1986.  So a new P had to be found, and that man was the hardest working drummer in rock and roll… Cozy Powell.

Phil Collins, he's not.

Phil Collins, he’s not.

Powell had already banged the drum anything but slowly for acts like The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow and Whitesnake (Before Tawny Kitaen made them household names), and would go on to fill just about every drumming vacancy in hard rock outside of Spinal Tap.  While Cozy Powell’s services haven’t been in demand since he lost his life by being unable to drive 55 in 1998… he got around for three decades by being one of the most badass of all badass drummers.  A fitting compliment to fellow showman Keith Emerson, who’d play about 87 keyboards at once in concert.  Throw in Greg Lake, and you get this excellent song from 1986 that inexplicably did almost nothing on the pop charts (#60!?  Really?), “Touch and Go”…

You thought I was exaggerating about Emerson’s need to be surrounded by the synthetic ebonies and ivories?

You could make 50 Casio keyboards from all that equipment. And the Bossa Nova beat button would still sound like ass...

You could make 50 Casio keyboards from all that equipment. And the Bossa Nova beat button would still sound like ass…

I love cymbal crashes in music, but Cozy’s got enough of them installed in his set to make your ears bleed…

The world's coolest drum kit... or maybe a Google Earth shot over Shanghai.

The world’s coolest drum kit… or maybe a Google Earth shot over Shanghai.

Most bass players are forgotten members of their bands because they get stuck with the lamest instrument.  But you really got to feel sorry for Greg Lake, who just can’t compete with his over the top counterparts by stringing ten basses around his neck…

Here's an idea, Greg...

Here’s an idea, Greg…

But at least he can belt out a tune pretty damn well.  And he’s the only one of this trio left standing, so he has that going for him…

Ooooh, what a lucky man he was...

Ooooh, what a lucky man he was…

Don’t feel too bad if you don’t remember the very short lived Emerson Lake and Powell era of the ELP timeline.  Back Trax, whatever the hell that is, apparently forgot all about it as well…

Apparently the Gary Cherone days of Van Halen are better remembered these days than ELPowell.

Apparently the Gary Cherone days of Van Halen are better remembered than ELPowell.

I’ll have more musical memories you never bothered to remember next week.  Be sure to come and see the show!

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30 Responses to Welcome Back My Friends!

  1. Embarrassed to say I do NOT remember this song……I do, however, remember Emerson, Lake and Palmer – seems like centuries ago though…..well, maybe decades……. 😉

    Pam

    • Decades may as well be centuries these days. It bugs me that songs like this I remember when they were new are now 30 years old. That seems impossible for someone as young as me! 😉

      • Trust me……..it only gets worse as you age……time is like a feather on the wind – you really can’t catch it. Trust me – I’ve tried.

        Pam

  2. Ally Bean says:

    I remember this one. Seems rather Miami Vice-y to me, but I could be wrong. Nicely dramatic for the first draggy Monday of Daylight Savings Time.

    • Apparently YouTube feels the same way, because the first related video it shows after I play this is Glenn Frey’s “You Belong To The City” which was off the Miami Vice soundtrack. This is a good song to get the blood pumping for those who feel jet lagged…

  3. I loved it…. I remember the wild headbanging of my friends… bet the pharma companies loved that song too, it screamed for aspirin lol. I still like it, it’s a great car driving song somehow :o)

    • I would probably beat up the steering wheel trying to keep up with the drummer if this song came on. It beats headbanging, though… I get dizzy just swiveling my head around anymore!

  4. Touch and Go is one of those song titles that, well, is used a lot. The first thing I think with this title is “The Cars.” There is Ed Sheeran too but I don’t seek him out. That said…Cozy Powell. He was a piece of eye candy. Sorry Phil, you’re cute like a pug dog but not like cute like Cozy. Great blog post. Fun feature song. Thanks.

  5. ody….thanx ta dad for de trip down memoree lane 🙂 de food servizz gal rememburrz thiz one !!
    { it sux about Keith Emerson…..Godspeed your journey dude; thanx for all the great tunes } ♥

    • LOL, I’m not sure Ody would want to get mixed up with my taste in music (Well, maybe this one… but not a lot of the other stuff I’ve posted here!) BTW, I’m having trouble commenting on your blog for some reason. I twice tried to comment on the Smoke & Joe post, only to get kicked back to my Reader every time I hit Publish Comment…

  6. Kat says:

    I must have a bass like that!!! I could never actually play music on it but I suspect I could smack 5 separate sonsofbitches with it as once. 😀

    • As cool as it would be to have a 5 necked guitar or bass, I’ll bet it’s a pain in the ass to lug around. Then there’s always the danger of poking a bandmate’s eye out…

  7. Trisha says:

    I remembering liking one of ELP’s songs but never being able to remember their name when I went to buy cassettes for my pink boom box. Makes me wonder if it was the Aqua Net that started my memory deficiencies!

    • That stuff was like a poisonous cloud. With four sisters, the stuff just hung around and lingered in the house like smog. It may account for the brain damage that caused this blog to come around!

  8. 1jaded1 says:

    I don’t remember it…I was listening to punk rock. I hope Emerson is in peace.

  9. In defense of bassists and bass fiddles, it is NOT the lamest instrument. Can you even imagine what modern music would sound and feel like without the bass? It would be dull and drab. Besides, one of my best friends is a bass player, so I feel obliged to leap to his defense 🙂 But seriously. Rock and roll would neither rock nor roll with a good bass line!

    • I absolutely agree with that. Just like our society just wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t have garbagemen. But the job… it just isn’t sexy. With a few exceptions, most bassists in rock bands are vanilla by their very nature. The lead singer, guitarist, drummer, and even the keyboardist can all go wild and crazy… by the bassist is like the straight man of the group. And usually, the one nobody ever remembers…

  10. I am surprised it wasn’t more popular in it’s time. Rock and Roll had a bit of a break that year according to google and what was big. 😀

  11. Piglove says:

    Snorts – mom/dad don’t remember this song or band for that matter. Maybe that’s a good sign – snorts with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon

    • ELP is one of those band whose popularity as a classic rock artist exceeds the success they had when they first came out in the 70’s. Kinda like Led Zeppelin was largely an underground FM act and most of their songs we know these days never charted when they came out (Or were even released as singles!). Chances are, anyone who hasn’t listened to a pure classic rock station has never heard of them before…

  12. The Cutter says:

    Hey, let’s not act like Gary Cherone didn’t have highlights with VH. I can’t think of any, but I’m sure there must have been some

  13. draliman says:

    Now that’s more my sort of music. With those little explosions of sparks in the video I can’t help thinking that the keyboard fort has stressed the electrics somewhat, though.

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