Like A Rolling Stone

The daddy of all the ‘Like A …’ songs is Bob Dylan’s Like A Rolling Stone, one of those songs that tops lists and thoroughly deserves to,a man moving ahead of the art form, faster than all the others. A six minute long 7″ single, with a whip crack start, amphetamine energy, wired organ and some of the best lyrics ever- crazy poetic verses and sneering, questioning choruses. Dylan’s version is the original and definitive. 1960s mods The Creation had a go, a little polite with the backing but a decent stab I suppose.

Like A Rolling Stone

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Four

Apologies- this is a bit late but it’s New Year’s Day and I didn’t think anyone would be too bothered if I didn’t have a post up by 8am. Better late than never.

On January 1st 2010 I published my first ever post which means Bagging Area is four years old today.

By far the most popular/read post here is my Lily Allen post (the one with the picture of her flashing her arse, which shows the power of Google images and an eye catching pic I suppose, cos I can’t imagine 37, 935 people have been looking for her cover version of Straight To Hell with Mick Jones).

A choice of songs for you today depending on the state of your head and hangover. First, The Creation, sharp and noisy 60s mods who wrote several key parts of the textbook…

Making Time

If that’s too much then how about some Steve Reich? Electric Counterpoint III

Happy New Year.

Here Wiggo

Superb stuff from Bradley Wiggins. Long may you continue.

Making Time

Modernism

I love mod. I love the whole aesthetic- the clothes, the shoes, the coats, the hair, the outlook. It’s old hat I guess, but it’s made a deep impression on me, increasingly as the years go by. I was just old enough to be affected at some level by the Quadrophenia inspired mod revival of the late 70s, although I couldn’t claim to have been an eleven year old mod. Like Roots Manuva said ‘Brand new, you’re retro’- if you don’t want to dress like every other bugger in suburban south Manchester but want something that can work on a daily basis, mod works. I often find myself cooing at over-priced vintage coats, desert boots, Chelsea boots and brogues, three button jackets, striped blazers, the stuff in the Fred Perry Outlet.

One of the great things about the mod story is that the original mods of the late 50s and early 60s loved modern Black American music- r ‘n’ b, modern jazz, blues. Every mod revival since has been primarily guitar based, mainly due to the sounds created by the 60’s mod bands, who took their love of soul and r ‘n’ b and shook it up with guitar, bass and drums, The Who and The Small Faces being the best known. Ironically the source material isn’t too far away from the starting points of rockabilly, who favoured their Black US jump music crossed with country, but that’s an aside. In the 90’s Oasis and Blur and a succession of major label ‘indie’ bands pillaged mod for looks and stylings. A few years previously the Acid Jazz scene borrowed heavily, with a more authentic stress on Black American influenced dance music. The Jam did more than anyone to popularise it before that, and Weller had to reject it and his army of parka’d followers to move forward but The Style Council were as mod as anything else he did. As was the more trad mod stuff of the 90s- Wild Wood, Stanley Road et al. What I think some people have found suspect about it is the sense of style over substance, that the clothes were the most important aspect- but most British music/youth movements have been based around dress, which was one reason why everything seemed so dull, from say 1996, through to the early 00s. No tribes, no rules, no style. The last genuine, groundshaking youth movement in this country was acid house, and that had it’s own look and aesthetic, just as strong as mod. I suppose mod’s various revivals have been associated with guitar rock rather thanĀ forward looking dance music, which tends to attract a laddish audience and everthing that goes with that. More’s the pity.

In the 60s The Creation released several great mod records. Eddie Philips pioneered playing the guitar with the violin bow (and look what that led to). They looked sharp. They made music that was ‘red with purple flashes’.They had some great tunes, including this one- Biff! Bang! Pow!. This is souped up r ‘n’ b. It also gave Alan McGee the name for a short lived band and ultimately the name for his record label. Dig it. Youth explosion.

Biff! Bang! Pow!.mp3

The Creation ‘How Does It Feel To Feel?’

The Creation famously described their music as ‘red- with purple flashes’. Like a lot of the mod-psyche groups from the mid-to-late 60s they have a few belters, a pile of covers and some duff moments too. How Does It Feel To Feel? is one of the belters, and they obviously had an influence on Alan McGee who named his record label (Creation) and first band after them (Biff! Bang! Pow!). Think Ride may have either covered this song or nicked the title as well. The Creation pioneered using the violin bow on the guitar, did some souped up r’n’b/garage stuff, and as you can see from the photo were sharply dressed men with good haircuts.

How Does It Feel To Feel.mp3