a form of personal jesus
viewing the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and seeing Michelangelo’s autograph on the sole of God’s foot
‘It was a perfect way to spend lockdown. It made me do Rockdown!’
Can I safely say all of them?
It’s all about staying in a safe place, on a safe subject
Chuck agrees with Steve
the Horatio Alger story of rock & roll
rip the keys
Chuck Berry, Walter Becker, as well as two rock and roll suicides
The Big Bang
on deeper inspection, the lyrics are about the 1961 Freedom Riders
“Those wailing horns, lushly expanding and contracting, would be the basis for many a Motown song”
This is Luis Fonsi’s year on the singles charts
it stands it is his best song since, I dunno, “Tulane”?
Go, Johnny, go.
“He whupped my butt. He said he was king of rock ‘n’ roll. I said I was.”
“Chuck” was dedicated to his wife Themetta “Toddy” Berry
a 34 minute sprint
his best song since, I dunno, “Tulane”?
since he was an itty bitty boy
‘I’ve heard this stuff plenty of times’
A cesspool of artist screwing cesspoolness
Climb into my machine so we can cruise on out
‘Anyone seeking a ruling like this is always spurred by a subjective opinion, but that’s not enough to get a refund. What is significant is a generally agreed view that the concert was a failure, as it was in the Chuck Berry case.’
If rock and roll had another name blah blah bloody blah blah, either you are losing your mind over this or you don’t know enough about rock and roll. No way, man, this is heaven. Wanna know what to buy me? Buy me this and then leave me alone for a mo
Tulane – Chuck Berry – Debatably the greatest flying car song of them all, this story of a drug buy gone South is so good both Springsteen and Lennon woulda have killed to write it – A+
Oh, she’s nine years old, that why Rod Stewart upped her to nineteen, though it does beg the question why did Berry make her a child instead of a teenager. The answer would probably be target demo but that makes no sense either! Maybe it is more like a significant portion of the audience but we don’t remember it that way – A+
When you compare “Sweet Little Sixteen” with “Surfing USA”, you don’t hear the metamorphoses you do with Berry and Smith. Berry took an idea and changed it 30 years later whereas there wasn’t a decade between the Beach Boys and Berry.
Reflecting the diversity of the era, there are entries by Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Muddy Waters, and Hank Williams. Elvis Presley deservedly owned the era commercially and artistically, but one Charles Edward Anderson Berry could play a guitar just like a ringing the bell.
The last time I saw Billy was at the 12-12-12 gig, and the time before that the closing of Shea Stadium. He was terrific in one and not terrible in another but absolutely the perfect way to take out (or bring in) 2013 – 2014.