Hi, I’m Cynthia. I make plaster casts of male and female body parts belonging to musicians and artists whose creative work I adore. Originally intended as a way to get into the pants of British rockstars, my goofy groupie schtick eventually became an art form. Galleries in New York and San…
What did Stephen Stills do that made some punk bands hate him so much?
It was all down to a series in Rolling Stone magazine called Rock Star Rate-A-Record. Simple concept: sit a musician down with a handful of current releases and let them give mini-reviews. Nothing illustrated the chasm between punk and the older rock establishment better than the Rate-A-Record session with Stills on 4th June 1977 :
Ramones - Sheena is a Punk Rocker
This is that punk shit everyone’s going nuts over? Sounds like four 6 year-olds picking up instruments for the first time. This sucks.
The Clash - White Riot
This is worse than the one you just played me. Whatever happened to singing? Is this some kind of pro-KKK thing? This is what we marched against back in the sixties!
Fleetwood Mac - Dreams
Now that’s more like it. This is a monster record by a great band. Listen to that groove my man Mick is laying down. Oh, Stevie, you are my number one gypsy goddess.
Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen
Johnny “Rotten” is right. What a crock of shit this band is. They think they’re dangerous? They’ve never seen Crosby when the burgers and beers run out.
The Eagles - Hotel California
Wow. This could be the best thing these cats have ever done. And that is saying something. Joe Walsh is killing it on that solo, too. A+
Patti Smith - Hey Joe
First question: is this a guy or a chick? Second question: How much do I have to pay him/her to never ruin another classic rock song again?
Foreigner - Feels Like the First Time
Now THIS is what the new rock and roll should sound like. The guitar is loud and dirty but also tasteful. And this guy can sing. Hey, Clash…school’s in session…and Foreigner is your teacher!
In the years since the great punk wars ended I’ve warmed to Stephen Stills and really like his 1970 solo album “Stephen Stills”. I can’t say I agree with his analysis of the punk classics above, but his comments do make me laugh.