Friday, July 06, 2007

Ain't No Cure - Or is There?

Withering under the oppressive heat? Me too.

Here's the time-tested cure, "Summertime Blues," by one Mr. Eddie Cochran, of Albert Lea, Minnesota, who died tragically in a car accident in Wiltshire, England at age 21.

An interesting link with English culture is that the Mods (Rockers) and Teds (Quiffs) immortalized in the Who's "Quadrophrenia," took most of their proto-punk influences from Cochran and Gene "Be Bop A Lula" Vincent. In fact, Cochran's hit from 1956, "20 Flight Rock," which was featured in the cult classic, "The Girl Can't Help It," was used by the Rockers during their drag races. The goal was to complete a circuit of the block by the time that 2 minute song was over. As soon as the needle dropped, they were off. They called it record racing.


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