Even Jesus himself wasn’t an instant hit. It took decades, maybe a hundred years or more, for him to catch on. The same thing could happen again.
A couple days ago, there was a report on the radio about the release of a book, The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in 10 Songs, by Griel Marcus. Rather than write about music that has been written about a thousand times, the book is missing everything you would expect in any conventional history. No Rolling Stones or Beatles or Jimi Hendrix or remembrances of Woodstock.
In place of the iconic, music journalist Greil Marcus analyzes 10 songs that he says tell the story of one of America’s greatest gifts to the world. Number One is “Shake Some Action” by the The Flamin’ Groovies—a band which was founded in 1965 and which Marcus says has “a name so stupid, it’s embarrassing to say out loud.”
There’s a reason you’ve never heard of The Flamin’ Groovies before. The rest of their songs (or at least the ones I sampled) suck. But this one doesn’t. It should be famous.
Maybe you’ll like it as much as I do.
Groove of the Day