Barstool Rockers

A Weekly Music Conversation

Barstool Rockers is a weekly 'magazine style' podcast focusing on classic, prog and most every aspect of rock music.  Hosted by two life-long fans, it aims to inform and hopefully entertain.

Lost Gems

We are just a few weeks into starting our Barstool Rockers Podcast. We are still getting our land legs with this thing.

The plan is to feature interviews with various musicians to talk about their lives, the business, and what's important to them.

We're also planning on having different features on the show.

If I can convince my co-host, one of those features will be about music, or artists that you either don't know about, or have forgotten about.

Here's just a few:

Angel City, also known as The Angels. Hard to describe. I'll give it a shot though. It's AC/DC with a shot of punk? Sorry...It's the best I could come up with ''on the spot''.

 

Fan? Or Fanatic?

We talked about this on the Podcast. I'm a major Cheap Trick fan. In my humble opinion, they are the greatest American Rock and Roll band.

Now, there are many great Rock and Roll bands: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, The Alice Cooper Band, Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels, are just a few that come to mind.

So why am I so loyal to the boys from Rockford?

There are a couple of possible explanations.

First of all, I'm also a Beatles fan. I was too young when the Fab Four were conquering the planet to weigh in on why ''Tomorrow Never Knows'' was the greatest thing since sliced bread. I discovered the music of The Beatles the way many do. It was passed down to me.

By 1977, The year Cheap Trick released their first album, The Beatles had been split up for seven years. When I heard that debut Trick album, I couldn't help but be reminded of The Beatles. It's pretty obvious, there were great melodies, sometimes the lead singer sounded like John Lennon...etc..etc.

I don't want to use the word ''Beatle-esque'' but there were many Beatle comparisons.

My other, possibly lame, explanation is that I'm just a kid from the Midwest. In the 1970's there was a lot of great Rock and Roll being released, and much of it was coming from the Midwest. Cheap Trick, and later, Off Broadway, would embellish what would later be known as ''Power Pop''. Great Hooks with some loud amps to crank it out!

There have been some missteps along the way, and the band hasn't always knocked it out of the park. However, 40 years later, Cheap Trick can still come up with incredible songs, and they can still kick ass live.

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