Earlier this week, Mr. Moderator provided an overview of the developmental history of the Rock Face as used by Robbie Robertson. There, he noted Robertson’s occasional use of a Rock Face to stand in for notes not even being played in the song.
Above is The Firm in their 1985 video for Satisfaction Guaranteed. Please review the materials and provide your thoughts on the performance of Jimmy Page contained therein. Specifically, please share your thoughts on Page’s moves while performing in the video.
Some questions for discussion after the jump.
In your opinion, was Page being sincere in his performance? Are the moves on display what he thought represented the music of The Firm and what he was playing? Or was he engaging in a parody of rock “moves” and, if so, does this affect your judgment of the overall performance?
Please feel free to critique the success or failure of specific moves used by Page during this performance. How do they make you feel about the overall product of The Firm and, perhaps, life in general?
Does Page’s scarf play into the success or failure of this clip? Is it more or less successful than bassist Tony Franklin’s hair? Do the hair and scarf compliment each other? Which member of The Firm best acquits himself in this video?
Within the world of this video, how effective was The Firm as a band? Do you think the band regularly plays at this bar, and have become old hat to the patrons? Has the oppressive heat tempered the enthusiasm of the patrons and the special guest bartender?
Etiquette question: What is the proper use of a bottle of liquid refreshment handed to you by a fan when playing in an unbearably hot South American bar? Was Page’s instinct correct?