Buying tickets today for a July 3rd show at the Roxy in Hollywood!
For those that aren’t familiar, this was THE three-piece punk band of early '70s-- three brothers, before Sex Pistols, before Ramones-- all from three brothers of an African American family.
Their documentary is the BOMB. Some great music history involved in their story. Back then, it was either Motown or Disco, with a sequined tuxedo. Their influence is tracked by so many artists without going for any of the “norm”, or what was expected of a black artist of the era.
What’s wild is, my first real guitar lesson was in 1984. My teacher gave me scales, a couple of pages to play from some boring Hal Leonard book, and gave me a cassette tape: Side one, Rush, Moving Pictures. Side two, Death-- Keep on Knocking.
Ever since that lesson and playing and listening and playing… I recognize David Hackney riffs in everything from Kiss to Iron Maiden. Their energy is so phenomenal, I cannot wait to buy tickets tomorrow! (wish me luck)
The documentary, “A Band Called Death” is streaming on Netflix and other sites. You can always get a listen on Youtube for their first single, “Politician In My Eyes”, or my fave, “Keep On Knocking”. You can watch the preview here!
Here’s a couple tunes:
Keep On Knocking - 1973, rehearsal in 2013 for tour:
Or their first single, “Politician In My Eyes” (you can skip the ad, no live video, sorry)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rl3FstCc_OY (FFW to 3:55 for ultimate distortion without a remaster:D)
I really hope you enjoy the music.
Is anybody else into Death? And no, not death death, You know what I’m saying…