An Historic Post From One of RTH Chess Version’s Founding Fathers on a Surprisingly Popular Smokey Robinson & The Miracles Song Among Punk Rock Groups
I’d like to start this historic post by thanking “snyder” for alerting us to a problem with the Categories links. The Back Office will certainly look into why the “Users Guide” category, for instance, no longer links to all threads specified for that category. I SUMMON THE BACK OFFICE TO CHECK OUT THE CATEGORY LINKS AND SEE IF THEY CANNOT BE RESTORED TO THEIR INTENDED PURPOSE. Thank you.
Next, I would like to commend “snyder” for voluntarily leaving the H-block, coming into the light, and ending his RTH Hunger Strike. In the soft-spoken,, tactful manner that characterized his participation on our original listserv version of Rock Town Hall, he worked through the technical glitch of the Users Guide category and posted the following astute comment and thread-initiating question:
Where the fuck is this user’s guide? A fuckin’ comment box does not explain shit. If this is how one is greeted when coming out of the wilderness, better to be the Unibomber.
Well, I’ll put the point of things here and leave it to whatever circle of hell this will be trapped in:
Would someone explain to me the appeal of the Miracle’s “Save Me?”
I got an email the other day with this video:
Two acts in the Snyder pantheon, the Saints and Undertones, (as well who knows how many others) have also recorded covers of this in their day. Why is that? Why not a cover of “More Love” (my own slightly more personal favorite amongst dozens of other great Miracles songs)? It’s not that I dislike “Save Me,” but in it’s original time I have to say it barely made an impression on me. And even today I can’t say anything stands out about to me.
The man has spoken. In public. For all the world to see. Please explain to our old friend the seemingly exaggerated love for “Save Me” among punk artists.
I agree that “Save Me” doesn’t crack the Top 10 of songs by that band, but it’s really easy to play and re-create in a rock band setting, and the lyrical content is incredibly direct. Most of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles’ songs, especially those from the era of “More Love,” are too sophisticated to easily adapt to guitar rock. Those songs have cool chord inversions, depend on the support of orchestration, and are not so clearly defined. “Save Me,” on the other hand, is paint-by-numbers beautiful.