Saturday, May 16, 2009


The Yardbirds were a revolutionary British rock band, famous for introducing a string of guitar innovations in the sixties: feedback, backwards echo, distortion, fuzz tone etc. Perhaps not surprisingly, the band offered three world famous guitarists a springboard for their musical careers. I am of course talking about Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, in that order (although for some time Beck and Page worked together in the band). The days of their greatest hist, "For your love", "Heart full of soul" and "Over, Under, Sideways, Down" are long gone, but they still exist (or better, reformed in the early nineties more than twenty years after the 1968 breakup) and even more amazingly, two of the original members, Chris Dreja (rhythm guitar) and Jim McCarty (drums) are still with the band! The following video shows, what is in my not so humble opinion, their greatest hit: "For your love". We're talking 1965 here.

Fast forward 41 years. Dani California, performed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Great hit from their ninth studio album, Stadium Arcadium. Released on May 2, 2006, it entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #24 and peaked at #6, where it stayed for two more weeks. It won two Grammy Awards, one of them for Best Rock Song of 2006.

Flea will always be a nutter. Hey Scott!!! The guitarist, John Frusciante, uses, a.o., a mellotron. This is what it sounds like. Or this.


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