Last Tuesday kicked off our annual Start Your Ear Off Right reissue campaign, and if this is the first you’re hearing of it, then allow us to steer you toward what we wrote about it a week ago today. Go ahead and read it now. We’ll wait.
When it comes to The Stooges’ place in rock history, there’s more or less a consensus among rock critics – or as close to a consensus as you’re ever going to get with rock critics, anyway – that they’re among the greatest rock bands of all time.
Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the first chapter in David Bowie’s so-called “Berlin Trilogy,” a series of LPs which, although they threw many listeners at the time, have since gone on to become some of the most critically acclaimed albums in his discography.
14 years ago today, the rock world bid farewell to a musician who was almost as closely associated with T. Rex as Marc Bolan himself: Michael Norman Finn, a.k.a. Mickey Finn.
Born in Surrey, England on June 3, 1947, Finn first joined forces with Bolan in late 1969, and it was famously reported by the BBC news, “Marc Bolan was supposed to have said of Finn, ‘He can’t sing, but he looks superb.” Admittedly, Finn’s skills as a sideman for Bolan were in a different class than his predecessor, Steve Peregrin Took, but he quickly found his place within T. Rex, and having done, he remained with the band for as long as there was a band, i.e. until Bolan’s death.