After several years as a house husband I started a new job about a month ago and I’ve found it hard to find time for posts and when I have had time I’ve been too tired. Over the last few weeks I’ve treated myself to the entire Be Bop Deluxe back catalogue. This was my favourite band in my mid to late teens. I was trying to put into words how I felt about them and found the following on an Amazon album review which says it better than any of my efforts:
“i love this music and i loved those times,my older brothers had lent me their,cream,who,hendrix,etc lps,but i wanted something to earmark my own adolesence for a future reference,something that i could say that i had found, and was all mine,and be bop deluxe was that band…”
Of course my punctuation would have been better but the sentiment says it all. Bill Nelson was my guitar hero at the time; for you younger readers such things were popular before punk came along. I loved Crying To The Sky as a 16 year old. Maybe it was the haunting melody and lyric …who am I kidding? It was the fucking brilliant guitar solos, particularly the first one. They were the greatest thing I’d ever heard and they still sound pretty damn good! See for yourself and turn it up to 11 at 1:47 and 3:02
mp3: Be Bop Deluxe - Crying To The Sky (1976)
This is from Sunburst Finish, my first Be Bop deluxe album because it included the hit single and had a naked lady on the cover...