Jan 112014
 

This performance of “Let It Ride” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive makes me hungry! I can’t help but think of eating a big steak dinner. Every member of the band has spectacular Look that suggests Big Steak Dinner. In fact, I’m about to cook up some beef tacos to at least partially satisfy my hunger.

If given the choice to feast on the members of ZZ Top or the members of BTO, which band would you eat?

Remember the old cartoon trick, where the hunter looks at the hunted and sees the image of a fresh, steaming steak in the place of the hunted’s face? That’s how I feel as I watch this clip—and I’ve watched it a half dozen times already.

Try watching this clip and describe which member of BTO is most appetizing. Please be descriptive, because I can never keep straight which guy is Bachman, which is Turner, and which is Overdrive.

I look forward to your comments dinner!

If given the choice to feast on the members of ZZ Top or the members of BTO, which band would you eat?

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Jan 232013
 

Townsman machinery ran a similar thread not too long ago on strange sounds on records. Bachman Turner Overdrive’s awesome lunkhead anthem “Taking Care of Business” came on the radio this morning and I couldn’t help but dig it. At the 47-second mark, when they sing “And if you take your time you can get to work by 9…” some low, fluttering sound enters the mix. Real simple question: What’s that sound?

While that song is fresh in mind, is there a better lunkhead anthem than “Taking Care of Business”? To be fair, it’s probably not fair to characterize the song as being targeted at lunkheads, which the Urban Dictionary so sensitively defines as, “A very inoffensive, PG way of calling somebody a fucking retard.” But the spirit of the song goes deeper than “down to earth.” I don’t know about you, but when I hear “Taking Care of Business” I get in touch with my inner lunkhead. That can be a good thing.

If we were to construct a 12-song compilation album entitled Lunkhead Anthems, what other 11 songs would best serve the need we all have, now and then, to get in touch with our inner lunkhead?

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Jul 062009
 

Townsman Chickenfrank‘s excellent coulda-woulda-shoulda enhancement of the BTO/pizza guy myth has me thinking there are more interesting Rock tales yet to be told — and I’m betting YOU have the creative writing talent to tell them! The general idea is simple: find a noteworthy sound or sight from Rock history and explain it in a sensational fashion that virtually guarantees the Internet will pick it up and run with it. Actual, true stories are discouraged. References to BTO and pizza gain you extra points.

Here are a few sights and sounds that could use more interesting explanations. You may also, of course, furnish your own:

1. Paul McCartney‘s bare feet on the Abbey Road cover
2. The distorted guitar in “You Really Got Me”
3. The false start in The Clash‘s “Wrong ‘Em Boyo”
4. What Led Zeppelin were *really* doing with that fish and that groupie in Seattle
5. Why “Cocksucker Blues” was never released — i.e., the stuff nobody has ever seen

I look forward to your responses.

HVB

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Jul 012009
 


To Townsman Northvan and other Townspeople north of the border, we wish you a happy Canada Day! Americans have long had a hard time figuring out who’s Canadian in the entertainment world and other walks of life. Along these lines, I’d like to know the answer to the following question: Who is the most Canadian of Canadian rock ‘n rollers?
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