When most people think of classic rock they tend to think of groups like the Beatles or Stones, or artists like Elvis or Donovan, or duos like Simon and Garfunkel or Jan and Dean…

When I think of classic rock I think of Redbone or the Ugly Ducklings. Not to say that mainstream music isn’t great, it can be, but a lot of great songs get passed up to make room for the popular sounds of classic radio. Classic rock stations fail to show the diverse and incredible talent that existed in the 60’s and early 70’s, concentrating their playlist on the top 40. Not understanding the volume of classic rock they are ignoring, or they do understand it and it just boils down to what best suits their advertisers.

Mainstream? Classic rock? Yes, most of the groups/artists coming out of the 60’s and early 70’s ( the era we’re concentrating on ) that received the vast bulk of radio-airplay may not have been mainstream in the sense of the parents, but were definitely mainstream among the teenage fans. And that was the main demographic they played to, the teenager, or teeny-bopper. The screaming multitude.

Whereas the true hippy, although they too listened to groups like the Stones or the Beatles, ( well, you kinda had to if you listened to the radio ) had a much larger palette than the average screaming/fainting teeny-bopper. Some of these groups/artists would be familiar to most people, like the Yardbirds, Iron Butterfly, and Ten Years After; but many you’ve probably never heard of like the Mashmakhan, the Deverons, We the People, and The Haunted.

I’m not trying at all to put down mainstream groups/artists, that isn’t my intention at all; I like mainstream classic rock as much as anyone else, I’m just saying that there was much more classic rock than what the radio stations usually played, and play today.

On my Blip DJ Station I treat you ( the classic rock fan ) to an array of classic tunes, many that you heard but forgotten, many that the group/artist doesn’t ring any bells but the song definitely would. Songs like Your Gonna Miss Me by the 13th Floor Elevators, Love-Itis by Mandala, I Never Loved Her by The Starfires, I’ve Got My Mojo Working by Long John Baldry, and Gaslight by The Ugly Ducklings. And you can catch many of these tunes and hundreds more on my online DJ Station ( http://blip.fm/TheTAZZone ) where I regularly play all the old classics, the mainstream, and the rare or obscure music that radio never plays. As a classic rock music lover, and former avid rare and one-hit wonder 45 and LP collector, I try to keep all the songs alive.

Long live Rock n’ Roll!

By admin

Former Freehand Freelance Graphic Illustrator... been online since 2004 ( late starter ), blogging since 2005, presently writing a suspense-thriller e-book that began as a screenplay.

3 thoughts on “Classic Rock: Or should I say ‘ Classic Classic Rock?”
  1. Payola was a huge problem. And between the Managers, the Radio Stations, and the Record Companies/Labels very few of these groups/artists made any money, or lost what money they did make along the way.

  2. It wasn’t always just the record labels that created the problem, although they had far too much control over the artists back then. It was also the DJ’s of the era with their payola schemes. Historically it’s believed that the record industry made a scapegoat of Alan Freed, but he lined his pockets bigtime through the use of the acts themselves. The labels paid him to play the records, but if the acts refused to perform free at his concerts, he didn’t promote their music. He essentially robbed these artists of royalties that way.

    Payola never ended, it went underground and the more the acts themselves were willing to prostitute themselves to these DJ’s the farther up the Billboard top 100 they went. Although Dick Clark wasn’t prosecuted he had to do some fast and furious deals to appear clean. In order to appear on American Bandstand and Where The Action Is when he developed that program, the acts had to do what he said, NO deviations. If they refused, well, he didn’t need them.

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