This is way overboard. You’ve been warned.
There’s a sly reference in the title. It’s a reference that’s absent in the musical selections. First one to name it in comments gets my applause — clap clap. I do spend a lot of time on these. I have to view numerous YouTubes to find just the right ones, which would be those you haven’t heard on the radio, are long versions & live — has to be live. But you’ve been such great visitor / reader / commenters that I had to. I can only give what I know, and this is what I know and so I hope you like it, even if not what you’re used to. I really would like you to give a shot at getting into it. If not, that’s OK.
First up, Genesis, The Musical Box. Get a load of Phil Collins on drums and a Peter Gabriel you won’t even recognize (but as weird as ever).
And even more Genesis, Dance on on a volcano, live, 1980. I love this, especially the sorrta off beat drums with Phil’s lyrics. Takes getting used to, perhaps, like spinach.
What next? I’m putting four good weeks of weekend rock posts into one. I’ll have to work harder next time, but I’ve got lots in reserve. All this stuff is in my iTunes library and many, many more.
I love ELP — Emerson, Lake and Palmer — if for nothing else their Prog Rock audacity. Most haven’t ever heard "the worst," and frankly, there’s some curious and hard to love tunes on Brain Salad Surgery. But who doesn’t love Lucky Man? Thing is, you’ve all heard it a million times on the radio and my rock posts are never, ever about what you always hear. They’re about what’s better, that you never hear. How about Greg Lake, Lucky Man, accoustic, California Jam, 1974? I listened to a dozen band-studio, even live versions but kept coming back. Chances are you’ve never, ever seen this, and that’s gold.
For the last performance, I’ll summon Yes. Yes I will. Starship Troopers, live, 1973. If you don’t stick around until 5:50 for the FreeBird-esque instrumental jam, then I just have no idea of what to do with you.