Re: RnR Bread and Butter
posted at 6/17/2011 5:29 PM EDT
In Response to Re: RnR Bread and Butter
[QUOTE]Honestly, if all I had was Beatles CD's , I would listen to them more often. But , I have to say , I practically wore out my old vinyl copies of Abbey Road, Sgt. Pepper's , Meet The Beatles ( the 1st and only rock LP I owned when I was a little kid of about 6 or 7 years old...until I was about 12 or 13),Rubber Soul and I think Magical Mystery Tour ( I don't think I ever had Revolver on vinyl...I think it was on cassette). But alas, there is so much great music on this planet!!! One does tend to gravitate toward their favorites or , in my case, selects something that hasn't been played hundreds of times already. Here lies the endless problem of the appreciation of performing arts. Watch or listen to the same movie/ recording that you know and love, or sample something that looks or sounds good but may disappoint you. Fortunatly, we currently have at work a playlist that includes many classic Beatles songs , so I get to hear the Fab Four while doing my job. I tend to listen to many Alternative era groups like Sonic Youth etc when I am home as you hear darn little of that stuff anywhere else these days, and I haven't played them to death just yet ( and probably never will, as my collection is massive). Incidently yoga, ( and I know you've indicated that you are a few years younger than many of us children of the sixties/seventies) but I wouldn't classify Pink Floyd or the Who as 'British Invasion' groups.
Both are British, but both came to prominence here in the states a few years too late to be part of the "first wave" or any real "invasion." The British Invasion groups include, Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Herman's Hermits, the Swingin' Bluejeans, Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Animals, the Spencer Davis Group and a number of others. The Who missed this boat as did the Yardbirds as neither made much of a splash stateside. Pink Floyd was largly unheard of in the U.S. until the early seventies, although they had been around in the U.K. as more of a psychedlic outfit ( sounding a whole different than the later Floyd).
Posted by ZILLAGOD[/QUOTE]
This is not to disagree with Zilla at all. The Who were never a prominent band of the British Invasion & they are more closely associated with the advent of AOR of the mid to late 60's.
However, the Who is considered part of the first British Invasion. The British Invasion is defined as those bands who broke through between 1964 - 1966. The Who first charted in the top 100 of the US charts in 1965 with "I Can't Explain". The interesting thing about the Who is that they were never a band that sold big in the U.S. Although they have a number of platinum and gold albums, they never really sold mega-millions like The Beatles, Stones or Zep. They never charted #1 in the U.S. with singles or albums. They only had one top 10 hit with "I Can See For Miles". The Who were always about their live shows. I think some may not look at them as a British invasion band because they didn't perform on the Ed Sullivan Show. And the reason for that is fairly obvious. If they had performed on that show, there is no doubt they would of had better sales.
Interestingly enough, for many ardent music fans, the 2nd British Invasion started with Cream, Zep and continued on through Bowie, Queen & T - Rex. However, many music publications categorize the 2nd British Invasion with the Punk/New Wave bands of the late 70's, early 80's starting with the Pistols, Clash, Gen X, Elvis Costello and the Police.
Here is a funny fact for many - Tom Jones is considered to be part of the British invasion. Another strange fact is that only a handful of the British Invasion bands actually made it to 1970. Most were done as major recording artists within 4 years.