A Global Army of Veteran Rockers
I was listening to Jerry Rafferty's songs dealing with his unhappiness with the record business, and reading about his subsequent alcoholism and demise from liver failure. It got me thinking about other artists that had the golden doors opened just to see themselves slammed in it. I thought this might be cathartic or just fun.
But, I may well be a stockholder in one of the big four in some mutual fund and I want a return as well.
It's just that sometimes i think it's a wonder there is any art at all when it's creators are so often eaten piecemeal by the industry that is supposed to bring it to light.
Graham Parker's "Mercury Poisoning" is a wonderful, bitter one!
Got to be this: (Which I found through the Tribe, by the way:
Some good examples listed. I'd like to add "Tinseltown Rebellion" by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Check it out.
"They said to get real famous, they would have to play more punk. Forget their chops and play real dumb, or else they would be sunk."
"Waiting to Shine" by Adam Schmitt. He'll never get in, 'cause they're waiting on somebody else. One of the songs I play to people who ask, "What do you mean by Power Pop?"
"Business is Business" and "Group Life" by Goldley & Creme.
"Working at the Factory" by The Kinks. He wants to get out of the factory so he can make music, and winds up realizing the music biz was just another factory!
Mott The Hoople's "Ballad of Mott The Hoople" - "I changed my name in search of fame to find the Midas touch. Oh, I wish I never wanted then what I want now twice as much. We crossed the mighty ocean, and we have a few divides. But we never crossed emotion for we felt too much inside. Rock 'N' Roll's a losers game. It mesmirizes, and I can't explain the reason for the sights and for the sounds."
Van Duren's "Tennessee I'm Trying" - "And it don't help if the home radio station won't play it."