Clearly my favorite track from the Experience’s debut album. The rhythm section drives full speed ahead until the wheels practically fall off the thing. In sharp contrast, Jimi’s singing is almost disarmingly laid-back.

And what would it all be without a characteristic, mind-bending, guitar solo?

Manic Depression - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

One of my favorite tracks, this has the perfect combination of gonzo guitar riffs, Johnny Rotten vocal delivery (patent pending) and totally subversive lyrics. It’s no wonder the UK establishment completely feared the Sex Pistols for the entire 8 seconds they were in existence.

Sex Pistols — Holidays In The Sun

PBS Fundraising Special

Scott: Hey, music fans! I’m Scott and I know that you love PBS’s dedication to good music and want PBS to continue to bring you the best performances. So that’s why we’re airing an encore presentation of one of our board of directors’ favorites: “Headbangers and Proto-Punks!

And to help me talk about this wonderful encore presentation is the lead singer of the Flaming As*holes, Trevor Phlegminski. Trevor, how are you tonight?

Trevor: Blerg.

Scott: Right. I can see you’re as excited as I am about this special. And who can blame you, with favorites like “I Want To Be Your Dog" by Iggy and the Stooges. You know, it’s on our companion CD, "Headbangers and Proto-Punks!" which new and old members can receive with a $100 donation.

Trevor: Iggy bites.

Scott: You bet he does. The drummer, the girl in the first row — all in “Headbangers and Proto-Punks!" But that’s not all you get. For a $150 donation, you can also receive a replica of Lemmy Kilmister’s mustache made out of real human hair (source unknown)!


Scott: Couldn’t have said it any better myself. But before Trevor and I take you back to The New York Dolls’ classic performance of “Shoot That Heroin Right Through My Heart, Baby" on "Headbangers and Proto-Punks!”, we just want to remind you that even a $25 dollar contribution can help PBS in their never ending quest to bring you the best in musical performances—or spring Wayne Kramer from jail, whichever is more pressing.

And now, Trevor, what can you tell us about The Dolls?

Trevor: I want to cut you.

Scott: Right.

One of the most unique bands of the 70s “glam” era was the Sensational Alex Harvey Band. Alex had been in the music business since the 1950s, but he achieved a level of stardom in Europe when he hooked up with a struggling Scottish band called Tear Gas. They featured a guitarist named Zal Cleminson who was practically young enough to be Harvey’s son.

The band’s styles ranged from heavy rock to music hall to blues—but always with a dramatic, theatrical flair as evidenced by Cleminson’s adoption of mime makeup and unitard. This performance on the The Old Grey Whistle Test (a cover of Tom Jones’ Delilah) embodies almost everything the band stood for and remains an artifact of a day gone by in popular music.

Plus, you won’t be able to get the stupid song out of your head for weeks afterward.

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band — Delilah


As best I can tell, these are the opening lyrics to the Rolling Stones’ “Tumbling Dice”


heypa deepa pessen alla kinda wessen

makey finda damla maaaaan

baby baby

donut canoe kinda fraaan

ohna kin wammen lodon GAMBLERS

heetin ahna gono ahair

baby crayfy

feena ahna koona grau

slodan retchin bunnow beeh fechin

doncha no adoos is sill while

baby im inna stay



I knew it!

For some reason, Slade was lumped into the “glam” movement of the early 70s with Mott The Hoople, David Bowie, T. Rex, Sweet, Gary Glitter, et al. But I don’t see it. They were definitely more of a good-time, party band (this minor-key tune notwithstanding).

And please don’t hold it against the drummer for not actually hitting any drums during the course of the song. That’s just the way it was done in the 70s.

Cos I Luv You — Slade

It’s a beautiful day out so here’s a happy-go-lucky tune for you to whistle.

Note: If you become the man who sells the world, please remember to declare the proceeds on your income taxes this year.

David Bowie — The Man Who Sold The World