Saturday, June 13, 2009

ROCK Sex: "TRAIN KEPT A-ROLLIN"

I'm going to throw in a new feature to the Blog today: ROCK Sex, about how everything intersects together in great and surprising ways.

It's my belief that culture isn't a fixed tradition owned by a few. It's actually an intersection of ideas from everyone that is constantly fluid and opening up more possibilities. Someone tries something, someone else is inspired to add something, some third party adds both together into something else. This relay race is actually how true creativity runs and always will.

Here's an example...

Rhythm'n'Blues band leader Tiny Bradshaw first did "Train Kept A-Rollin" as a jump jive number in 1951:


TINY BRADSHAW
~"THE TRAIN KEPT A-ROLLIN" (1951)


The Johnny Burnette Trio, fueled by the busted amp of guitarist Paul Burlison, redefined it entirely as a rockabilly blaster in 1956...

THE JOHNNY BURNETTE TRIO - "THE TRAIN KEPT A-ROLLIN" (1956)


With the benefit of the British Invasion's popularity, THE YARDBIRDS (featuring Jeff Beck on guitar) crystallized it into the garage rock anthem covered by everyone else...

THE YARDBIRDS - "TRAIN KEPT A-ROLLIN" (1966)


From there it "trucked on down that old fairlane" from Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Motorhead, Guns'n'Roses, and Metallica to lately "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band" video games.

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