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The Rock of The Riviera

Posted by Jack Kelly - Created: 16 years ago
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Posted by mike-179830 - 16 years ago

quote:P.S. I forgot The Electric Prunes

And I forgot the 13th Floor Elevators. :-(

Getting a bit Nick Hornby on you, and responding to your list, here's my Personal Top 5 songs that I think should be on a rock station but probably won't be:

Stray Cat Blues (Roling Stones)Ain't That Nuthin' (Television)Tell Me About Your Drugs  (Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians)Sweet Jane (Velvet Underground)96 Tears (? and the Mysterions)**************

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Posted by Mark Dezzani - 16 years ago

A master-stroke Mr. Kelly. Just as Riviera Radio makes another schizophrenic switch in management and music policy, the sleeper station The Breeze, jumps out of its sheeps clothing and turns into a foxy rock station, The Rock Of The Riviera indeed! If the music policy is half as eclectic as the interpretations of rock so far posted (which I like), then we are in for a treat. How about after 8pm as well, when oldies like me are just starting to warm up!

For my part, some (obvious) suggestions....

Everything Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Moody Blues, Roxy Music, Beatles, Genesis, Yes, The Cure, Deep Purple, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Dire Straits, Bob Marley, Joni Mitchell, The Clash, Santana, The Who, Patti Smith, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors, Bob Dylan, REM, Temptations, Neil Young, CSNY, Queen, Jethro Tull, U2, King Crimson, Wishbone Ash, Jefferson Airplane, Police, Lou Reed, David Bowie, early Elton John, mid-period Stevie Wonder, Iggy Pop, Joan Jett, Hawkwind, Van Morrison, Pat Benetar, Elvis Costello, Caravan, everything Paul Weller etc...

Keep it lite (i.e. minimal) on the REO Foreigner Styxwagon stuff...

From the newer stuff, that can already be classified in the classic bin... Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Manic Street Preachers, Eels, Oasis, Dave Matthews Band, Phish, The The, The Waterboys....

Enough lists.

As for 5 suggestions for the 1000 greatest tracks:

Moody Blues - Question

Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen

Bob Marley & The Wailers - Get Up, Stand Up

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (Parts 1 -7)

Led Zeppelin - Communication Breakdown


Oh yes, the rock continues Saturday & Sundays evenings with Radio Caroline South on The Rock Of The Riviera 88.4 FM

P.S. I forgot The Electric Prunes

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Posted by stgeorge-182529 - 16 years ago

A small selection:

Don't Go - Breakfast at EricsZZTop - SunglassesAerosmith - Love in an ElevatorDJ Saved My Life - In DeepDown the Road Apiece - Stones or Will Bradley TrioToo low For Zero - Elton JohnTwist Again At St.Tropez - Dick RiversLove on the Beat - GainsbourgCaroline - Status QuoLady Night - Patrick JuvetI Feel - Sylvester

Disco/Rock - but Dancehall will do !



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Posted by legend_in_my_lunchtime-182603 - 16 years ago

The Eagles - any track really, but the Unplugged version of Hotel California is hard to beat.

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Posted by mike-179830 - 16 years ago

Well, Jack - depends what you mean by "rock"...

It could be argued that Rock 'n' Roll died somewhere around the time that Elvis entered the US Army, Buddy Holly stepped on a rainbow, and people in Liverpool started wearing Levi's. And it could also be argued that (after a few years of great pop music) that was what caused "rock" - without the "'n' roll" - to be born.

So I'd say you need, in rough chronological order:

The great British R&B acts: the Stones, Yardbirds, Manfred Mann, Graham Bond, John Mayall...The rough-edged pop groups of the same period: the Who, the Kinks...The brains-in-the-glovebox "punk" 60s US acts: the Standells, the Asbury Dukes, the Seeds, The Chocolate Watch Band, the Nazz...The psychedelics: both the floatier UK (Syd Barrett...) and harder-edeged US (Jefferson Airstarshipplane, Grateful Dead...) schools - not forgetting the odd track from genuine free-form loonies such as the Red Crayola (Hurricane Fighter Plane being especially recomended)The whole "soul of rock 'n' roll (with a bit of country twinge)" thing, which I can best describe by saying that Ten Years After, The Allman Brothers Band and The Band, together, sort of have it tapped.(Obvious) The whole Led-blues-solo-Frampton-Genesis period [personal plea: no ELO, not even the good stuff].A little bit of Glam (I'm assuming that the much more exciting Velvets-era Warholian stuff is not too radio-friendly :-)The "aren't the 70s boring?" thing: The New York Dolls, MC5, Iggy & the Stooges... That led to:Real "Punk Rock": The Ramones, Talking Heads, Television, Patti, The Heartbreakers and then, in the UK, The Clash and, er...New Wave when it rocked (which it usually didn't, especially when it was good): check out the best of Squeeze, there are others...(ignore most of the 80s, except for people like Springsteen who had crept up on us when we weren't looking, and actually belong in an earlier era.)The better retro bands: not the Green Day-style embarrassments who rip off a period that was sociologically interesting but musically dull, but Radiohead, the Verve, even people who we didn't think were real rockers (Michelle Shocked!) but turned out to have fooled us.

That would rock me (although, personally, I'd love to have it leavened with a fair bit of Stax-Volt soul, which seems to have more legs, to this old rocker, than most of my favourite headbanger tracks, for reasons that are probably related to "getting old"...)


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Posted by tessa-179840 - 16 years ago

Cool.......an opportunity to ask a dumb question with virtual anonymity.....

What is Rock and Roll?

Sometimes it seems like a definition for any music that falls between the eras of "crooners" (50s) and "club" (85+) but then purists tell me "naaah" and I'm left bewildered.

Definition of Rock and Roll please, Mr Kelly.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

And in the meantime, my requests (as per my vague definitions, which may well be too broad or totally "off"):

Patti Smith - Because the Night & Gloria & Horses (or whatever the real name is, the one where she gushes "horses, horses etc...)
Lou Reed - ..... oh, anything... the usual ones & Vicious
Hazel O'Conner - .....can't remember the names but favorite album is Breaking Glass
Elvis Costello - Days
Joe Jackson - anything from the Live 80 double album (is that RnR?)

That'll do for now :-)
ps. s'pose it wouldn't include good old 70s reggae?......


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Posted by Jack Kelly - 16 years ago

This town Will Rock!

Added Stray Cats' Rock This Town and Stray Cat Strut.

Thank you!


Jack Kelly

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Posted by stgeorge-182529 - 16 years ago

Rock This Town - Stray Cats !!