Tuesday, July 9, 2013
“STONE COLD SOBER” ANNOUNCEMENT: ‘FERRET-FACED FASCIST FRIENDS’ DROPS POLITICS AND SPIRITUALITY; NOW EXCLUSIVELY MUSIC-FOCUSED
Like anyone else who blogs, we here at ‘Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends’ want to enlarge our readership and want to feel that our efforts are being rewarded by attention. (Although it’s just me - Stephen T. McCarthy - I say “we” only because I suffer from a Multiple-Personality Disorder.)
The political and spiritual stuffs hasn’t worked out well (still primarily only seven “In the Choir” readers since May of 2008), so we are making a format change. (Hell, it worked for radio station WKRP in Cincinnati!)
Future posts will focus exclusively on music, primarily Jazz, Blues, “Classic” Rock, and Country-Western (predominately “Outlaw” Country). The first ‘Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends’ post featuring the new format was the last one, GIRL, I CAN TELL (Or, “OUTLAW SENSITIVITY”), in which I introduced you to a good but little-known Waylon Jennings song ‘Girl, I Can Tell (You’re Trying To Work It Out)’ from his “Outlaw” Country album of the same name.
This second installment is to teach you about the little-known late guitarist PAUL KOSSOFF. Kossoff was ranked 51st in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". (Eric Clapton once asked Kossoff to teach him some guitar technique.)
In April 1968, Kossoff and drummer Simon Kirke teamed up with Paul Rodgers (vocals) and Andy Fraser (bass) to form the band FREE whose big hit was ‘All Right Now’.
Rodgers and Kirke later went on to form the band BAD COMPANY while Kossoff recorded some solo material and then founded the band BACK STREET CRAWLER.
I first learned about Paul Kossoff in 1977 from a Rock music magazine, then I purchased the 2-album compilation set ‘KOSS’ which included the following songs:
"The Worm" - (Free)
"Songs of Yesterday" (Free)
"Mr. Big" - (Free)
"Time Away" - (Paul Kossoff)
"Hole in the Head"
"You and Me"
"You've Taken Hold of Me" - (Amazing Blondel)
"Molten Gold" - (Back Street Crawler)
"Sidekick to the Stars" (Back Street Crawler)
"Never Take Me Alive" (Back Street Crawler)
"The Band Plays On" - (Back Street Crawler)
"It's a Long Way Down to the Top" - (Back Street Crawler)
"Train Song" (Back Street Crawler)
"The Hunter" - (Back Street Crawler)
"We Won" (Back Street Crawler)
"Bird Dog Blues" (Back Street Crawler)
Right about now you’re probably asking yourself: “In what way could the Rock band THE BABYS be tied-in to a blog installment about PAUL KOSSOFF?”
Well, I’ll answer that for ya...
When you think of THE BABYS, you probably think first about their lead singer, JOHN WAITE, whose 1984 solo hit ‘Missing You’ charted higher than the biggest BABYS hits, ‘Isn’t It Time’ (1977) and ‘Every Time I Think Of You’ (1979).
But when I think of THE BABYS, I think first about... THE BABYS. After that, I think about their underrated drummer, Tony Brock, and then about their underrated guitarist, Walt Stocker. Of the latter it has been written: “Stocker, a graduate of the Paul Kossoff school of stun-vibrato guitar playing, was in demand ... He was considered for the guitar slot in both UFO and Cockney Rebel.”
After Paul Kossoff died from a drug-related illness, his band BACK STREET CRAWLER became simply CRAWLER, with relatively unknown guitarist Geoff Whitehorn replacing Kossoff. Whitehorn’s sound was remarkably like Kossoff’s.
Below is the minor FM radio hit that CRAWLER scored sans Kossoff. It’s titled ‘STONE COLD SOBER’. I loved it then (purchased the 1977 LP because of it), and I love it now. If you don’t dig ‘STONE COLD SOBER’, chances are (to quote Johnny Mathis) you’re not going to dig the blog ‘Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends’ in the future. So, dig it...
We hope you enjoyed this blog post and will also enjoy future installments of ‘Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends’, which now focuses exclusively on music and UFO sightings... Don’t forget that UFO was a “Classic” Rock band! (Although it’s just me, I say “we” only because I suffer from a Multiple-Personality Disorder. And at my age, I also suffer from Memory Loss.)
~ Stephen T. McCarthy
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