“Agitated” by Electric Eels is hands down one of the most important punk rock songs of all time. I put it in my top ten, maybe even top five. Nobody else was making those brash, snotty, abrasive sounds. Another Rust Belt city, Detroit, had The Stooges and MC5 but the Eels were something different. They were distinctly Cleveland. John and Dave E created something that is one of a kind. Later John did X_X. This is his story. Continue reading A TALK WITH PROTOPUNKER JOHN MORTON (ELECTRIC EELS, X_X)
On this episode we discuss!
-The influence of Velvet Underground on Cleveland
-Craig’s early 70s band, Mirrors
-Rocket From The Tombs
-Dead Boys or Pere Ubu, which do you like better?
-Early rock and roll radio
-Trying out for an unknown Michael Bolton’s band
-Moving to New Haven, CT, and forming Saucers
-Electric Eels, x_x, and John Morton
-Peter Laughner and his legacy
-Hanging out with Lester Bangs
-The Cleveland 70s rock scene and bands of the era
-proto punk? what?
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This is why they call him the first punk rocker! This footage is just incredible.
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Today is a sad day in the vast landscape of rock and roll music. We lost two pioneers just this weekend, Gary Burger of the Monks and Scott Asheton of The Stooges. Fun House by The Stooges is easily one of my favorite albums of all time. These wild Detroit kids upped the ante of previous garage rockers with criminally seminal releases before destroying themselves with drugs and decadence. The only group that previously had as much blinding power was most likely The Sonics. People say The Stooges invented punk rock but honestly, who cares? They molded the future with their in-your-face brash and crass attitude piled over louder than life rhythms, all set to a backdrop of the head-nodding pounds of Scott on drums. You will be missed but not forgotten. Legends never truly die.
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