Stegzy's Music Project

A commentary on Stegzy's album collection

Blue Album: 1967-1970 – The Beatles (#204)

Blue Album: The BeatlesBlue Album: 1967-1970 – The Beatles

Now, I’m going to say something controversial. If you are so self opinionated that other people disagreeing with what you say offends you, I suggest you come back tomorrow and not read this post.

Ok?

Right….

I’m Stegzy Gnomepants, I am from Liverpool….and I don’t rate the Beatles.

There I’ve said it. In fact, I think Abba did more for popular music than the Beatles ever did. Sure they were influential in their own time; Yes they did some ground breaking stuff. But honestly? Are they so Earth shatteringly important to music history? Nah. Nah. Not in my world.

This is a kind of best of album featuring the Beatles’ greatest hits. Which, if you were to listen to any Beatle fan, is nearly every song they did. Apart from the ones that nobody knows. The album covers songs released between 1967 and 1970, just when the Fab Four weren’t experimenting with drugs. “Honestly”. Lennon is clearly off his squid with his colourful lyrics. Starr is hallucinating about octopi and McCartney is pretending to be good at music while Harrison is off worshiping rugs or something.

It’s not the later politically aware stuff and it’s not the previously soppy kissy kissy bollocks. This is the eclectic stuff like Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and Lucy.  The album only appears in my collection out of respect for others who have yet to realise that there were far more talented musicians on the scene at the time, but just didn’t look right or ended up bothering God.

 

 

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#122 – Bang! – Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Screen Shot 2014-08-31 at 18.48.47Bang! – Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Frankie Goes to Hollywood were supposed to be the eighties answer to the Beatles. As anyone from Liverpool will tell you, the Beatles put the city on the map. This is what is taught in schools in the Liverpool area.

In fact, I’ll go as far to say, give birth in a Liverpool hospital and you can be assured that the Beatles will be playing in the delivery room just so the wee one can be indoctrinated welcomed into the wonders of the four apostles John Paul George and Ringo.

At the time Frankie surfaced Liverpool was going through a bit of a down patch. Unemployment was high, people were avoiding the city and so was government policy. Then a bright spark, Trevor Horn no less, said “Hey, what Liverpool needs is some more pop music icons like the Beatles. Inject some culture into the place…”. And that’s what he did.

With lyrics screaming with homosexual overtones, shocking banned music videos and drug addled public appearances, Frankie put Liverpool back on the map briefly. Then fizzled away into a poor second album and an iffy solo career for lead singer Holly Johnson.

Bang! is Frankie’s best of album. This is the only Frankie album you need.

 

 

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