Monday, April 7, 2014
"Boston---corporate formula rock at its worst. If I wanna hear something from Boston...Ill take the Remains."
-Friend Of A Friend
So my question is this:
What is this music snob penchant for countering popularity with obscurity?
Aside from the "cuteness" (read: smugness) of the quote, what do these two bands have in common, other than hailing from the same town?
This same phemomenon occurs with all forms of art.
"I just saw 20 Feet From Stardom it was amazing."
"Yeah, but if you want to see a real documentary, there is this short film playing at a cheese shop in Soho all about the boiling point of tin."
I won't waste your time defending Tom Scholz and his career. I'm satisfied just mentioning that I love Boston's 1976 debut. It is a unique record that sounds like nothing before it, with some terrific songs, great vocals and great playing. Simple.
Asia, to my ears, is a better example of what "Friend Of A Friend" is talking about. Boston were a band of unknowns who created, the old-fashioned way, what is arguably one of the most popular records of all time. What's wrong with that?
I like The Remains, too. But it doesn't make me a better person. And I'm pretty sure Barry Tashian would have taken Brad Delp's money if it was offered to him.
I'm coming down from a 10 hour day, dealing with record collectors of all shapes and sizes. There are those who come to the record shows looking for nothing but Beatles LPs, most with no real intention of buying anything, just to talk about what they already own that you hopefully do not.
Then there are the people who love playing their records and could not care less about first or third pressings or original labels. If you've got "Aretha's Greatest Hits" and it's not trashed, they'll take it for a reasonable price. Sold American, because they want to hear "Chain Of Fools" right now!
I enjoy everyone, from soup to "nuts."
The only ones who make me twitch are those who "just can't listen to Led Zeppelin and Queen" because "it's all cock and balls," then seconds later ask if I have any "U.K. Subs rarities."
Please get over yourself.
Finally, to that poor guy searching frantically for Jerry Vale records...come see me in two weeks.