Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A controversy 35 years beyond relevancy

T Rex recorded and published Get it On (Bang a Gong) in the summer of 1971. Here they are performing it in 1973:

The Rolling Stones recorded in '73 and released in '74 It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It). Here they are live in '76:

The guitar work during the verses of both songs sound very similar to me. Too similar. Not saying the Stones ripped of T Rex, but it's worth pointing out. To me, anyway.

While I'm here, let me say that KISS was a monumental disappointment. They had such a great image, but so many of their songs were terrible. I won't even get into the ridiculous merchandising. Here's one of their better tunes, from 1977, filmed in Japan: