Friday, May 21, 2010

Rocking For The Weekend: Boston

Thank God for Rocking For The Weekend. If it weren't for this feature, WWW might conceivably go a month without a post. (Pause for hopeful sighs.) For better or for worse, today you get a post. And what performer is good enough to break a two-week dry spell you ask? Boston!

Boston was one of my favorite bands in high school, and they remain a fond favorite today. I was digging through some old CDs this week and came upon Boston's skimpy discography. If you like good-time rock and roll with thundering guitar, hand claps, soaring harmonies, and the occasional massive pipe organ, you like Boston. And I defy you not to like "Feelin' Satisfied", an exuberant ode to live concerts. There's so much joy in this song that it's perfect for Friday. Enjoy!

Some interesting Boston trivia:

* Founder and guitarist Tom Scholz holds an MS in mechanical engineering from MIT and worked at Polaroid on the team that developed the Polaroid Instant Camera. Then he decided to rock.

* Scholz also invented and marketed the Rockman, a popular analog guitar effects unit designed to produce the Boston guitar sound. It was embraced by Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Neal Schon (Journey), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), and Steve Clark and Phil Collen (Def Leppard).

* Boston's self-titled debut album, released in 1976, sold 17 million copies and was the biggest selling debut album in history until it was surpassed by Guns N' Roses' Appetite For Destruction in 1988.

9 metawords:

Gwen said...

Thank you for pausing for my hopeful sigh. I hate it when those get passed over.

*clap clap clapclap*

BeckEye said...

I love this song. It sounds like all the other Boston songs, which I also love.

Anonymous said...

I'm kinda jealous that you had cooler high school music than me. You got Boston, I got...Britney Spears. Jesus.....

Anonymous said...

Didn't this band also call themselves Journey at some point? Or am I thinking of Electric Light Orchestra? Either way, "Rosanna" is my favorite tune of theirs.

Dr Zibbs said...

Funny you say that as I've been listening to them often on my Ipod walks.

BeckEye said...

Anonymous seems kind of awesome.

words...words...words... said...

Gwen: You are now in charge of hand claps.

BeckEye: Wow. A rare convergence of our tastes!

Tales: If it makes you feel any better, I was only 8 when this song came out.

Anonymous (*cough* BeckEye): Snark is much better when it's owned.

Zibbs: You walk on iPods?

BeckEye: Mmmhmm.

Girl Interrupted said...

I thought the Boston facts were most interesting.

I decline to comment any further than that, in the name of maintaining good, international diplomatic relations :)

words...words...words... said...

Girl: Don't start with me, or I'll send you a CD mix of all my favorite music! I swear, I'll do it.