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It's Radical, Dadical!


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It's Trad, Dad!, one of the more interesting of the New Year's Eve rockum movie marathon--due, no doubt, in no small part to Richard Lester's direction. Still has its quota of butt shots, though. It is strange to see 60's English teens and young adults "rocking" out to dixieland jazz and songs that were hits in the 20s. A rare phenomenon in popular music, akin to the Great Folk Music Scare, and the Big Band Bubble of about ten years ago.

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The English music scene was in a wierd state of flux around that time, before The Beatles and Stones really took off. "Expresso Bongo" (1959) is a good look at that scene. Even The Beatles recorded stuff like "My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean" and "Til There Was You" from "The Music Man" before they found their direction.

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This was not a fad, but the musical expression of one of the two popular youth movements in Britain at the time.

 

The "mods', who wore collarless suits, "bowl" haircuts, "winkle-picker" pointed shoes and rode Vespa scooters, favored "skiffle" music and "trad" or Dixieland jazz. The mod music bands that found fame here in the U.S. were the Beatles, the Dave Clark Five, Herman's Hermits, etc..

 

The "rockers", who wore blue jeans, leather jackets and motorcycle boots, wore their hair in ducktails and rode Triumph and BSA motorcycles, favored American rock and roll and blues. The rocker music bands that crossed over here in the U.S. were the Rolling Stones, the Animals and the Yardbirds.

 

One story has the Rolling Stones, who were American blues fanatics, noticing their idol, Muddy Waters, painting the ceiling at Chess Records headquarters in Chicago, where they were set to record their first blues-oriented album. That made them decide to make rock and roll their focus but they still incorporated many blues standards and slide guitar techniques in their future albums anyway.

 

Edited by: johnpressman on Dec 31, 2013 5:32 PM

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