There's a new New Power Generation, and if you want to reach it, well, you just gotta have youtube backup. I had this idea I'd write a post called "Well I Don't Love You, Youtube!", cleverly nodding at ol' George Will's 1982 anti-ET diatribe as a means of complaining about all the stuff I couldn't find represented videographically on ze web. Good sense struck back and talked me out of it. I also had this idea I'd put the bottle down and write about some guitar hippies I've been digging lately called "Clark-Hutchinson" - heard of em? There's pictures of them online - no vids tho. I got further discouraged. "Ah", but I figured, "they're not the only death-tripping guitar-slinging anti-hippie longhairs haunting a bygone Aquarius". Na-ha-haaat! In fact, someone was even better at it: The Edgar Broughton Band. What's more, there's proof... they've got vids up at Youtube. Here's a great one; it's one half of their melding of The Shadows' "Apache" with Beefheart's "Dropout Boogie", recorded as "Apache Dropout" -- here it's just "Dropout Boogie", and it's just vicious. Enjoy.
Edgar Broughton Band "Dropout Boogie" (link)
By the way, they're still around - and I believe they're currently on tour. Edgar's kid Luke is in the band now, and brother Steve is still on drums. Here's a review of a 1998 gig, with pic, and here's their official (and way under construction) website. For good info, check the unsurprisingly good entry on Wikipedia.
And if you think youtube's got the goods, just look at what WFMU's got in the archives! Jump the flip for internal audio linkery galore, including one FMU DJ's bold stab at an Edgar Broughton Band cover...
- Here's the recorded version of "Apache Dropout", on Brian's show.
- "Out Demons Out", inspired by The Fugs's "Exercising the Evil Spirits From the Pentagon, Oct 21 1967", on Ken's show.
- "Psychopath", on Bill Mac's show.
- "Death of an Electric Citizen" on my show.
- Here's Our Man On The Lunchbeat Mike Lupica giving the karaoke treatment to "Call Me a Liar".
According to WFMU's high-precision search function, The Edgar Broughton Band has been played on WFMU no less than 47 times in the past 4 years. Apropos of nothing at all, I'm sure, 46 of those spins were perpetrated by men.
PS - oh, hey, here's 2 songs by Clark-Hutchinson!