The Voyager space probe has a golden disc which features sounds of the earth from nature, speech and music to enable an alien race somewhere else in the universe to find out a little about us if they come across the probe. There is classical music from Mozart, traditional Bulgarian music from Valya Balkanska, Blues from Blind Willie Johnson and on top of all that there is the late, great Chuck Berry with “Johnny B Goode“. Apparently Chuck was included after EMI refused permission for the Beatles “Here Comes The Sun” to be a part of Voyager. Seriously EMI why would you do that? Amazingly Voyager 1 is now more than ten billion miles from earth, I wonder what our alien friends will make of Mr Berry?
It is with great sadness that I report the death of rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry, he was 90 years old so that certainly is a life lived. Sure Chuck had issues and he paid his debt for those. But he was truly a pioneer, would rock ‘n’ roll have been the same without Chuck Berry? Somehow I doubt it. Given his legacy it’s a shame that his biggest hit was “My Ding-A -Ling” in 1972 which went to number one in the US, the UK and Canada. he did have a few US R & B number ones though. But you know what we need to consider whether the Beatles and the Stones would have existed without Charles Edward Anderson Berry, as his parents knew him. My thoughts are with his friends, family and all his fans across the world.
Click here to read my review of the latest album from LA based band the Dollyrots, it’s their sixth. It’s called ‘Whiplash Splash’ and I really don’t understand how I have never encountered them until now. Anyway I would like to say a big thank you to those passionate, bright young things at subba-cultcha for giving me the chance to review it! I loved it and I hope you do too!
Click here to read my review of the new album from one of Connecticut’s finest bands, Sorority Noise. It is called ‘You’re Not As ____ As You Think…’ I hope you like it and another big thank you to those nice people at subba cultcha for giving me the opportunity to hear it.
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