Wednesday, January 13, 2010

R is for ROCK and ROLL


For the letter R, let’s focus on....

ROCK AND ROLL

Imagine all the possibilities I could go with on this subject. I know, I’ve done so many of them in the past. What could I possibly be up to this time?

Well, I thought we’d focus on the reality that Rock and Roll is approaching 60 years old. It’s difficult to really say when it all started but 1951 seems like one of the major consensus dates as that was the year we had our first definitive rock and roll record put out with “Rocket 88” by Jackie Brenston and the Delta Cats (which was Ike Turner’s band). There’s a bit of history and trivia for ya..

If rock and roll is near 60 years old, that means a lot of the pioneers are plenty old by now. Chuck Berry is 83! And while Chuck Berry still tours and plays and is looking pretty good for 83, let’s look at a few rock and roll celebrities and see if you can name who they are:



Don’t worry…I’m sure the comments will reveal all the answers. If not, I’ll put them in later.

Seems like Rock and Roll has been a grand experiment on the effects of the wild party lifestyle of sex, drugs and rock and roll! For those participants, it shows!

Not everyone is quite that bad off. See if you can guess these others:

So the big question is…do you have to look like a wreck to prove you’ve partied enough?

56 comments:

Mrsupole said...

By Jove, I think I see the Boss in there and he is not even sitting on a Rolling Stone.

I will never guess cause I am so bad at who anyone is.

God bless.

Tom said...

Pat Benatar is still hot...but i see she's stopped wearing leotards out in public...

the first two Yikes! have me stumped.

The Incredible Woody said...

Saw Springsteen last summer at a festival. He sucked as much as I thought he would.

M.Bug said...

Part 1 - A is Eddie Van Halen. Scary!!!

Roy Scribner said...

I am hereby renaming this post "R is for Retread"

That is all.

Always Home and Uncool said...

What does is say when you worse for wear than Keith Richards?

mama-face said...

You rawk. Had to say it. sorry.

Any post that includes a photo of Bon Jovi...yummers...is a winner to me.

I'm back!! I know you care. :)

Elizabeth said...

Tina Turner still looks good too!

Quirkyloon said...

I'm think Mr. Van Halen needs some botox or something! That's Patty Benetar?

I'm thinking she's gotten some botox or something!

hee hee

EmmaK said...

Iggy Pop looks amazingly good (his body anyway) for someone who was crazed for drugs for many years

The Incredible Woody said...

Let's see:
Part 1 - A. Eddie Van Halen B. Grace Slick C. Robert Plant D. Keith Richards

Part 2 - A. Jon Bon Jovi B. ? John Cougar Mellencamp, maybe? C. Springsteen D. Pat Benatar

Close?

AngelMay said...

I was hoping to see Chuck Berry. :)

Kurt said...

And then there's Barry Manilow.

Gladys said...

Isn't that first guy the dead guy from Weekend at Bernies? Oh wait no that is the ex Mr. Valerie Bertanelli isn't it? Really Keith Richards? I thought he would be mummified by now or better said pickled.

I was amazed when I recently saw a Smokey Robinson on some show. He has had so many facelifts that he looks like Michael Jackson.

Gladys said...

PS...
A is Eddie Van Halen
B is Grace Slick
C is Robert Plant
D is Keith Richards

Part Deux
A. Is John Cougar
B. I'm stumped
C. Is the Boss
D. Is Pat Benatar

Gladys said...

oops I had A and B mixed up.

Bonnie the Boss said...

At the moment I am so impressed by gladys and her knowledge, I have no words. I never would have guessed the top 4 in my lifetime.
Boy George is only slightly more scary than in the beginnning.

Jen said...

uggh
eddy van halen
I'm scared

make the scary man go away!!


hold me.

Megan said...

Imagine what Amy Winehouse will look like - if she lives that long...

VE said...

mrsupole - You are correct. The boss is C on the "Aging Better" group...

tom - All things must pass...I learned that from George Harrison...

incredible woody - That happened to me back in 2008. He was an hour overdue on stage and it was lackluster...

M.Bug - That is correct!

roy - Hmmmm...explain, please....

always - It says you've been partying overtime! Welcome, by the way...

mama-face - Hey...I care! Yes, that is Bon Jovi! Good job...

elizabeth - That would have been a good addition...

quirkyloon - I think Eddie Van Halen needs an extreme makeover...

emmak - That guy has always been thin and muscular. Does he ever eat?

incredible woody - I was waiting for it. You almost did a complete sweep of the two sets but you didn't get B from the second set. That would be John Fogerty (of the Creedence Clearwater Revival). He's still making good songs, is in good shape and can still rock. I saw a DVD concert of him a couple of years back that was great. He uses a different guitar for nearly every song.

angelmay - Me too...but he hasn't commented yet...

kurt - He writes the songs that the whole world sings (well...at least at Vegas) but ironically he didn't write THAT song...

gladys - Now I'm going to have to go find a recent pic of Smokey....you only missed two. A is Bon Jovi, not Melloncamp and B is John Fogerty of CCR...

bonnie - Wouldn't he be Man George by now? Perhaps moving to Old Man George...

jen - He kind of has gone away, fortunately...all that remains is that scary picture...

megan - Yeah, scary, wait til she gets old and starts losing weight. She'll make Karen Carpenter look overweight...

ReformingGeek said...

Wait. You left out Keith Partridge. I am MOST offended.

;-)

Brian o vretanos said...

I must admit, I've only heard of two of those people, and I couldn't tell you what they sang, as my musical tastes lie a few centuries before.

People like Schubert were the classical equivalent. They called it "Wine Women and Song" instead of "Sex, Drus and R&R", but being around before a cure for syphillis was found, they didn't survive into decrepitude...

Uncivil said...

R is for Rock and Rolling Republicans

The Mother said...

My hubby was SO excited to take the boys to a Yes concert--we had tickets that he waited up to midnight to get online.

Then they canceled it because the lead singer was diagnosed with lung cancer.

I guess it's time to admit that the golden age is over.

VE said...

reforminggeek - Ha...I was referring to rock and roll though...he was pop...and now he's old enought to be called pop...even grandpop...

brian - It'll be interesting to see how Rock & Roll holds up over the long run...

uncivil - You mean if I throw a rock at them they'll roll away?

the mother - Wow...hadn't heard that. Bummer. My son was all set to see Aerosmith and two cities before they came to ours the lead singer fell off the stage and got hurt so they cancelled the tour...you're right...it is over.

Roy Scribner said...

Hmm - Looks like I was plural-challenged; "retreads" as in washed-up rockers. "retread" is almost worthy of Welcome Back Kotter (one of the greatest sitcoms, ever).

carlae said...

Well at least most of them still sound good.

Kevin John said...

Getting old? Ha! I, for one, am better every year.
I'm glad that besides another great year, and even greater bonuses, I still have time to let one or two of the cuter maids I hired give me head once in a while.
It makes them feel 'part of the team'.
To be successful, you just have to think of the little people.

KJ
Goldman Sachs
Investment Div

subby said...

Yikes! is right! And I'm siding with Incredible Woody on this. But at first glance, I thought Grace was Melanie...

Janna said...
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Janna said...

I was really hoping "B" (top) was Boy George.
I have no clue who Grace Slick is.
Alas.

Hmmm.
Actually, the creepiest pictures of Boy George I've ever seen are THIS and THIS.

Chris C said...

How a post about rock and roll partying that does not include anyone from Motley Crue seems lacking to me.

Am I wrong?

subby said...

@ Janna~ Grace Slick used to do the vocals for Jefferson Airplane( later, Jefferson Starship... )

R.J. Edwards said...

Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuce!

You know Keith Richards has been dead for years. Somebody just forgot to tell his corpse to lie down.

Ronda Laveen said...

No wonder Valerie dumped Edie.

Nutrisystems looks a whole lot better.

Maureen said...

Ha Ronda! EXACTLY what I thought when I saw his pic. And he USED to be so cute too... back in the day.

JennyMac said...

That pic of Eddie Van Halen is sad, sad, sad. Now, Springsteen..still rocking. And Bon Jovi.

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Rock stars are allowed to age badly. It's common knowledge that they give up good looks for their crazy lifestyle.

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Oh, and Ewwww! to the rockstars.

JenJen said...

Those folks at the top look like raisins.

El Nasto....

Baino said...

Keith Richards is the perfect example of an ageing rocker, what do you mean he looks old and haggard! They based Johnny Depp's Captain Sparrow on him. Actually I saw Ozzie Osborne on a talk show the other day and he's not nearly as dumb as he looks. Nice skin though,

Bunk Strutts said...

Anyone seen Aerosmith's Steve Tyler lately? Dude looks like an OLD lady.

Jaime said...

the boss looks far better air brushed... i judged a mock trial competition his son participated in. he looked all scuffy and scraggly hiding behind his hat and jacket the entire time.

VE said...

Roy – At least you didn’t say Retards…

Carlae – As long as you don’t have to see them in concert…

Kevin – I too thank the little people for my financial success…

Subby – Ha! Melanie…forgot about her…

Janna – Grace Slick sang for Jefferson Airplane…

Chris – No…you are correct…but there were SO many…

Subby – Thanks Subby…

Rj – Isn’t that what happened to George Bush’s brain too?

Ronda – If only I was still dating…I would have gone out with her or Sheryl Crow…

Jennymac – True…he really can’t do much of anything anymore…

Perpetual chocoholic – Ever never been into common knowledge, of course…

Jenjen – Not California raisins though…they’re too good for these folks…probably New Jersey raisins

Baino – I remember that…and he played Sparrow’s father in one of the sequels…

Bunk – I missed his pic on my hard drive…damn….you are right too…

VE said...

jaime - We all deserved to be air brushed...

Janna said...

Subby wrote:
"@ Janna~ Grace Slick used to do the vocals for Jefferson Airplane( later, Jefferson Starship... )"

VE wrote:
"Janna – Grace Slick sang for Jefferson Airplane…"

(!!!)
*smacks forehead*
D'oh!
Of COURSE.
Now I know who you mean. I liked Jefferson Starship/Airplane/Thingamabob.
Sorry. :)

lime said...

wow, that really is telling isn't it? interesting to note the ones who look better seem to also be the ones who conduct themselves with a bit more class too.

VE said...

janna - Happens to the best of us...We'll forgive you over the long run...

lime - I think you nailed it. Some of them have some self respect...

Collette said...

Wow! I didn't even realize that was Eddie. But I think he did have some type of cancer.
BonJovi-yes, still amazing even if he does have shorter hair now.
Also I agree with Chris about Motley Crue. Although 3 of them would've been on the top part & Nikki Sixx would be on the bottom list as he has been clean for quite some time.

VE said...

collette - Was Motley Crue a self fulfilling prophecy?

CatLadyLarew said...

All things considered, I don't think Grace looks half bad for being 70.

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

That is Robert Plant???? Ew. I saw him on a VH1 show and he didn't look that bad. Must've been an old show!!! I wonder if Jimmy Page is still hot? He was hotter than Robert Plant. I could never get past the circulation stopping tight pants Plant used to wear. Good god, you could never stop staring at the guy's crotch they were so tight!!!

VE said...

catladylarew - I guess once you hit 70 all bets are off...it's just good to be alive...

arizona - Well...YOU might not be able to stop staring...I could

Jeff said...

A. Amy Winehouse
B. Rosemary Harris
C. Eddie Izzard
D. My highschool janitor

padraig said...

I don't think you can really be a rocker once you get rich and famous. At that point, you're just a caricature of a rocker.

Rockers need to be pissed off. You can't be rich and really be pissed off without coming across at least partially like a self-absorbed wanker (lookin' at you, here, Bono). If you make a lot of money and you play rock music you wrote when you were younger, you're really just an entertainer now.

I'll make an exception for alcoholic, drugged out, violently depressed, or suicidal rockers, because they can counterbalance their "stink-ass rich" with "major personality disorders and/or self-destructive behavior".

VE said...

jeff - You still have a keen knowledge of the music industry!

padraig - I agree...you can't be a rich folk singer either. It's a bit troubling to be singing of the world's woes while you're making more than 99% of them...