Gene Vincent Never Gave Up
Gene Vincent was a survivor if there ever was one. When Elvis got drafted, Chuck Berry went to prison, Little Richard got religion, Jerry Lee Lewis embraced the country music fans who would forgive his transgressions with Carl Perkins not too far behind, Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran were killed (with Gene in the car at the time), when radio got taken over by teen idols and singing groups and stars created entirely by record producers, Gene Vincent never stopped swinging.
Forgotten and marginalized in America, Gene was the Rock & Roll King of England. One of the The Beatles' first big break was getting to perform on the same bill as him, and their early leather suits were patterned after Gene's. As well as covered one of his later songs that nobody in America heard.
Gene could get pretty far out. It's hard to imagine who the target audience was for a song like this. It's also hard to imagine Gene gave a shit.
His back catalog goes in and out of print, but our Teutonic friends at Bear Family Records have brought us a huge, complete box set as only they can. Get it while it's still around...
Posted by Rocko Jerome at 1/03/2012