Okay, honestly, folks. This thread has me digging through YouTube like a crackhead rifling through a stolen purse!
Here’s some more hidden nuggets from my misspent youth:
Jericho Jones - There is Always a Train.
It was one of the first bass lines I learned for the bass guitar when I was a youngster.
After that, I was on to Frank Zappa and and Captain Beefheart. No need to link those, everybody knows them.
Of course, there’s some stuff I enjoyed back then that no one seems to know, like Necronomicon’s “Tips Zum Selbstmord.” (I think it means something like “tips for committing suicide) — I really dug that bluesy-funk bass line, man! (Check out the funk at the 1:27 time mark):
And, Catapilla (See if you can pick out the Zappa/Beefheart flavor in this album):
And, whenever I watch “School of Rock,” I can’t help but think about Dr. Z’s “Three Parts to My Soul” whenever Jack Black starts singing about “Oh, You’re Not Hardcore, Unless You Live Hardcore” (and the legend of the rent was way hardcore!)— Go to about the 1:40 mark and listen for about a minute, you should be able to pick up on the “feel” of it:
And, if you dig those airy flute solos on Jethro Tull, then DO NOT miss this awesomeness from Focus’s “House of the King”:
Wild choices. That must have been some misspent youth. Never heard those groups before.
Jericho Jones is especially interesting (sorry, rock’n’roll on a flute standing on one leg don’t work for me), as it represents the period so well: singing and tunesmithing recalling the Association and even the Cowsills, while the instrumental work brings to mind Cream and Blind Faith. Maybe that’s why it didn’t go anywhere - it offended the fans of both sub-genres, who were never the same people.