I was “rocking” classical long before I got to rock. By the time I got to college, I had made it through oldies to mellow (Jackson Browne), but it took a few of my college buddies to introduce me to more traditional rock (Zeppelin, The Who, etc.) and some odder stuff (AC/DC, J Geils, etc.).
Still, to this day, I like music for its base melody and rarely for its lyrics. Probably explains why I just haven’t been able to get into Rap and other less melody-reliant forms of music.
That doesn’t mean I didn’t have my weird musical moments when I was growing up. Two in particular come to mind that you will shortly see the relation to today’s headline.
Timothy – This catchy upbeat tempo song would be a fun addition to any playlist…unless, perhaps, you paid attention to the lyrics. Since I don’t work with spoilers, I’ve provided the link for the song right under the album cover!
Seeing that nice-looking group on the cover and their harmless sounding name, you wouldn’t be expecting what comes next, but that’s a seriously killer tune…that I still enjoy listening to today!
In fact, I have it on my iPhone “favorites” playlist. A little hearkening back to my apparently twisted youth.
D.O.A. – Now here’s a song title that leaves little doubt something pretty awful is about to hit your ears. No hiding behind a cutesy group name either, this is (was) Bloodrock. You don’t expect Disney music coming from a band with that name.
If you’ve got the stomach and the time, you can click on the picture for the music link. It’s disturbing and not entirely musically appealing (certainly not pop-happy like The Buoys), but it’s riveting and technically brilliant. Listen to it all the way through and you’ll get the whole song.
I bet you’re wondering how I can go from listening to the gentle majesty of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral) to, uh, Bloodrock.
Join the club. Most of my other non-classical music back then ranged from bubble gum (Yummy, Yummy, Yummy and Sugar, Sugar) to classic oldies (Elvis, Stones, Temptations).
Just part of that weird, wonderful Gemini that is me. I just like some killer tunes.