It took to the 3rd page before the Stone Roses opener I Wanna Be Adored is first mentioned! Absolute stunning opening tune.I Wanna Be Adored - Stone Roses
Roadhouse Blues - Morrison Hotel
Our Bovine Public - Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever
For me, this was nearly as eye-openingly revolutionary as ‘Like A rolling Stone’.
It seemed to come from the future or from another, more fun, anarchic, sexy place - there was absolutely nothing like this before Roxy appeared, fully formed. Whispering Bob Harris was famously withering in his ‘wtf’ intro on the Whistle Test. He really didn’t get it.
And ‘wtf’ is spot on. Disbelievers like Bob thought they were ‘arty and pretentious’, everyone else thought they were incendiary, pretty/weird, totally original and incredibly exciting.
The key is that the craziness was underpinned by a dynamite rhythm section - Paul Thompson‘s drumming is phenomenal.
The whole thing is like musical graffiti - art and individual expression on top of rock solid base.
I competely LOVE this, and think it blew a lot of minds when people bought the album on the strength of ’Virginia Plain’.
I loved Lawnmower Deth. One of my favourite live bands. Used to hitch to the midlands to see them.Spook perv happenings in the snooker hall (Ooh crikey... its Lawnmower Deth)
But on a more serious note, i don't think "Welcome to the jungle" from Appetite for destruction can be beaten for setting the tone of the album.