Money doesn’t talk… It swears

by davebarclay1954

Today’s tune is an oldie from the beat poet of my generation who said much in this song that is still true today, if you listen then you may hear. Copyright is owned by CBS/Sony Music, video is courtesy of YouTube and apologies if it doesn’t play where you are.

Even the president of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked. Well, the second visit of the puppet of Moscow has gone off with his usual tantrums when people stand up to him and tell him how wrong he is. Somehow I don’t think he likes the treatment he doles out to others. While we don’t go as far as he does in calling for them to be killed by his followers, he knows we are watching while America is being torn apart by his politics of hate and division.

That is all I’m saying about his latest visit to these fair shores. On a much lighter note, I’ve been listening to a lot of “old” songs recently, John Holt, Clint Eastwood, Ini Kamoze, Desmond Dekker and The Upsetters. It is very easy to remember why I started listening to Reggae Music in the late 1960’s because it is music with a beat (like Rock and Roll) tells a story (like Rock and Roll) and is very moving (you guessed it, like Rock and Roll). John Lennon wanted The Beatles recording of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds to have a Reggae beat but they didn’t understand how it was done, however, a year later the group had come to grips with Reggae and Ska and this was borne out by Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da as it has a ska back beat.

It didn’t matter what you were into at any point in the 1960’s (whether you were a fan of The Beatles or not), pop music was part of the Beatles experience, Rock and Roll was a big part of the Beatles sound in the early days before the touring stopped. Rock, Heavy Metal, Reggae, Musak, trippy electronic sounds or even bass and drums they did with ease. At least on record it was done to sound easy. They gave an awful lot of groups reasons to go for music rather than working 9 to 5. As Ozzy Osborne has said on the record he owes his entire career to John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ritchie Starkey.

Thanks to the Beatles taking the US by storm in 1963/4 other acts were able to ride the wave into the US taking black music to the white masses. Groups like the Rolling Stones, the Kinks (at least before they were banned), the Who, The Animals, The Merseybeats and all the others, were able to make fortunes by being huge in the States. Of course, without breaking the US the Beatles would have still been the biggest band in Europe (thanks to the amount of time they spent in Hamburg) Australia and other points of the compass but breaking the US speeded up the process.

Of course they made more money from touring and merchandise than they did from records, so when they were in danger and stopped touring they stopped making so much money. The same was probably true for the Rolling Stones which would explain why both groups were desperate to play live again by 1969. The Beatles played on their office roof in January and the Rolling Stones played Hyde Park in July which they turned into a tribute for Brian Jones and was the last time they had anything good to say about their founder member.

Those of us old enough to remember the announcement in early 1970 when Paul McCartney said the Beatles were no longer going to perform together, thought it was the end of rock forever. Then George, Paul and John brought out solo records which Rocked, Ringo released an album of old standards but it sold reasonably well. Since then we all know that John took 5 years out to raise Sean, Paul and George were touring and making albums in the 1970’s, Paul with Wings, Ringo was acting in movies and releasing the occasional rock album, the Rolling Stones released albums with two new guitarists in the 1970’s (first Mick Taylor who left before he died from drugs, then Ron Wood who is still with them today).

Paul is getting old but is still touring, as are the Stones, there are a lot of musicians who started in the 1970’s still making records today but those from the 1960’s still recording new music are not as prolific as they were in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Music changes and anyone who refuses to change with it gets lost in the shuffle, take a look at David Bowie, he kept reinventing himself and kept having hit albums through the 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s and then after the beginning of the new millennium his output slowed down to a stop in 2003, until 2013, 2015 and 2016. His best album may not have been released as he was talking about touring Black Star when he died.

Rock and Roll is littered with bodies since 1959 the stars seem to have risen, shone brightly and then died. Of course some of them had members who continued on after the group split up, others were not so lucky (the Big Bopper was a solo artist who didn’t have any other members to keep his name going). Buddy Holly was on a solo tour when he died but The Crickets kept going for several years after his death and he was still having hits in the early 1960’s with songs he had “in the can” when he died.

Music is the one thing which can tame the darkness inside me, make me smile, dance, sing (ok not very well but hey, neither does Ringo) or just close my eyes and listen to the music wash over me when it’s late at night. I still enjoy the music of my youth (the Beatles, the Stones, the Kinks, the Animals, the Who etc) and music I discovered in the 1970’s (Alice Cooper, T. Rex, David Bowie and Thin Lizzy) there were a few 1980’s acts which I loved (OMD, Curiosity Killed the Cat and others). For me the Golden Age was the 1960’s and 1970’s because that was the first global explosion of rock and roll music. I listen to all kinds of music from Ambient (Brian Eno and others), Rock (Tesla, Thin Lizzy, Guns and Roses among others), Reggae (the aforementioned groups and solo artists are my favourites), Rock Opera (the Who, Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman and others), Synthesiser sounds (OMD, Bronski Beat, Yazoo, Erasure and others).

Music is the one constant in my life from a very early age and I think without it I would be a much lesser person than I currently am.

June is Pride month, even if you aren’t LGBTQI+ please try and support those taking part, after all united we stand divided we fall. We are all human beings no matter how we identify or who we love. We all have the same basic rights and if we deny this to others we also deny it to ourselves.