2006-07-14

In every dream home a heartache

So I see in Danas that Roxy Music is set to play concerts in Ohrid and Belgrade. People of my generation may remember them as the group that began its career by putting out three albums, every one a transcendent beauty fully worthy of the Nobel Prize for Pop Music, and then spent several years putting out heaven knows how many albums which were for the most part just this side of mediocre. My first response on seeing the announcement was hey, that's pretty cool. My second response was wow, are they still alive?

There are a number of pop figures who remain a mystery to me. When I was in Argentina, I encountered the belief that the personification of pop was (not Fito Páez but) some American musician named Johnny Rivers. My friends were shocked that I had never heard of Johnny Rivers, so I asked my mother. She told me he had been a one-hit sensation sometime in the mid-sixties, and I guess he went on to become the personification of pop in the Southern Cone, something like a Patagonian Dean Reed. The other one is a guy I saw in an old Russian documentary, but never learned his name (he looked a lot like Glen Cambpell). He went around the CCCP singing a little bit of Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis covers, doing the occasional performance in solidarity with the people of Chile--I'm guessing this must have been the early seventies. The high point of the documentary was him on a hilltop belting out the Ode to Joy in Spanish. Wish I knew who the fellow was.

2 comments:

Owen said...

Eric, I'm only too glad that I decided never to use the phrase "My Generation" again after I saw Roger Daltrey doing those television adverts for Visa cards dressed in his Barbour jacket next to one of the pools of his trout farm.

Roxy Music are still very much alive and just for a bonus Bryan Ferry, Eric Clapton and Roger Waters will be headline attraction at a fundraising concert for the Countryside Alliance this summer to overthrow the ban on hunting with dogs in England and Wales.

Ferry apparently maintains "I'm doing my bit for the Countryside Alliance, because I don't like the idea of minority interests being persecuted."

"Hope I die before I get old", indeed! Tally-ho, chaps.

Eric Gordy said...

The twisted paths...
Although, hunting with dogs, I dont know. If the cause were fishing with dogs, I'd be with the aging guitar goddies.