Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Roy Cropper discusses hard rock bands of the 60s

please note this post makes reference to the November 26 episode on CBC

I had no idea that Roy was such a fan of bands like Deep Purple! I wonder what he would think of other notable rock bands from the 60s? Hmm, I think it might go something like this..

"The Concerto for Group and Orchestra was a landmark musical event (although mother termed it ‘cacophonous gibberish for the slack-jawed set’) performed by Deep Purple and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. I find the pleasing dissonance between the two opposing musical genres at once dramatic and complementary. (I highly recommend it to listeners of avant garde music or those trying to escape the dysfunctional domestic arguments of one’s parents).

By contrast, I could never quite embrace the blues-oriented musical heritage of Led Zeppelin, despite the obvious melodic appeal of ‘Stairway to Heaven’. Although I was attracted by the juxtaposition of a heavy metallic substance with teutonic hot air ballooning, the band’s name was more of a typographical anomaly than indicative of musical innovation!

Iron Butterfly?  Hardly. Sadly, this American conglomeration never developed a substantive musical stature beyond ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’,  (which mother referred to as “It's Goddawful Indeeda’).

Cream, on the other hand, offered a unique musical canon including ‘I Feel Free’ (often referred to as ‘I Feel Sick’ by mother). I give unreserved kudos to Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton for forging a sound based on blues, rock and psychedelic sensibilities. Now, if you'll excuse me, I would like to prepare a vortex egg."


  1. What a strange way to travel down memory lane!

  2. True! But kind of an interesting way to compare Roy and Hayley's differing opinions. I must say i wouldn't have pegged Roy as a fan of Deep Purple but, from what I've read, the televised Concerto was quite a remarkable event. Thanks for the comment and all the best.