Thursday, February 23, 2006

Garage Rock Classics: Summertime Blues

The ultimate teen lament song. Written and first recorded by the great Eddie Cochrane (C'mon Everybody, Twenty-Flight Rock, Nervous Breakdown) in 1959, Summertime Blues had a resurgence in the late 60's due to hard rock versions by The Who and Blue Cheer. Other versions are by Alex Chilton, The Ventures, and Robert Gordon. Blue Cheer were at one time hyped as the world's loudest band. This dubious honor has most likely been eclipsed.

Cochran was in a car accident in England enroute to the airport. Also in the car was Rockabilly star Gene Vincent, who survived the crash. Cochrane was not so lucky. He died at the age of 21. If only.

This set contains the original, with covers by Blue Cheer, The Who, T. Rex, and Japanese idol singer Takako Minekawa.

Summertime Blues


where`s Heinz`s version?

By Blogger guapo, at 3:11 PM  

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