> Yes I remember the hatchet job he did on Allen in I think 1978
I don't have access to a scanner, so I can't do a better resolution/bigger copy, but it looks like you remember this:
Yes that's the one. Pretty obvious that Parsons was trying too hard to earn his punk spurs. I did find some of his stuff at that time entertaining but I always had the impression that he really wasn't a music fan of any genre & the rock critic thing was just a phase in his glittering media career plan. Said career now seems to have imploded, serves him right.
Wow - that was a tough read. (Literally - I had to grab my 3.0 readers!) I'm sure the Clash seemed more dangerous in 1978 than BOC did but now what to heck difference does it make? All bands seem to go through stages, unknown to underground to changing the musical landscape to taking their place in the establishment. Regarding the latest pan, I think I will compare the last time I saw BOC to the last time I saw Stevie Nicks... At the end of Stevie Nicks I felt she needed me. (Not to be confused with wanted me!) At the end of BOC I felt I wish I could thank those guys for the great music!
I saw two of the BOC/UFO Shows. As a Hard Core Schenker Era UFO Fan. Maybe I could fill in some blanks of what I saw. I was not a casual fan of everything from OBSESSION to earlier records. I mean REALLY Addicted.
Burn The House Down? Venus? BORING. Playing the guitar over his head? Yawn, I saw him do it on YouTube LAST year, same song...
Did I enjoy the overall show? 80% of UFO's Setlist is highly entertaining. But without Schenker, Way and Raymond, it's just too many missing pieces of the Original UFO. 2 songs not Schenker-Era?
Getting back to the UK journo’s I think BOC did pretty well as far as pro BOC coverage went. I wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for Max Bell’s review of OYFOOYK. Add Sandy Robertson and Xavier Russell as well, and the band were well represented as far as the UK was concerned
I wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for Max Bell’s review of OYFOOYK.
Funnily enough, I never really agreed with some of the content of that review - eg: here's what he said about the openers:
'The Subhuman'. O.K. This stays as close to the studio cut as you could expect in live performance. Some fairly dull organ from Allen Lanier rescued by Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser's atomic pickin', just to let you know that he's around.
Eric Bloom begins 'Harvester Of Eyes' with a synthesiser riff that sure ain't no improvement on the original, but solid Joe Bouchard's bass work saves the day in time for Eric to strap on his stun guitar and blast the living daylights out of the middle eight.
"As close to the studio cut as you could expect"...? "Some fairly dull organ from Allen Lanier"...? What bollocks!! That Subhuman version is absolutely stellar...
In general, Max certainly flew the flag for BOC in the UK press, and that was important - but he did talk through his arse at times, and the style he adopted - a weird sort of pseudo-American Meltzerian patois - never sat well with me - if you're English, then reflect that in your writing for gawd's sake...
Talking of Meltzerian, here's my favourite ever review of OYF, and it's like no review you'll have ever read before :
Well it was 45 years ago, I certainly had never even heard of Blue Oyster Cult. I was a massive Doors fan and still trying to find a replacement “favourite” band after Morrison’s death. Possibility, from limited memory given the time gap, that he did mention the Doors in that review or in some other article around that time. OYFOOYK was released on my 21st birthday in the UK and after I read Bell’s article that was my birthday present to myself....and I have never regretted it!