I have just seen Elton John on One World: Together At Home performing his song I’m Still Standing. However, for reasons only known to himself he sang it like Vic Reeves singing a song in the style of a pub-singer. Utterly bizarre!
As part of my research on an eighties music podcast I am doing I have been enjoying this time period in the career of Sir Reginald of Dwight.
It is an admittedly mixed bag with a few surprising gems mixed in. What is the consensus on this forgotten decade (by no less than the man himself – he barely does any numbers live from this time)?
There is a case to be made that this period is underrated in the same way his heyday seventies are a smidgen maybe overrated? Thoughts?
Here is a gem to start with (lyrics by no less than Tom Robinson)
Last week I downloaded a torrent of a Spirit gig recorded in Chicago in May 1975 (the same tour that resulted in the Spirit of 76 album). The version of Hey Joe that they performed is rather bizarre as Randy changes the lyrics to launch a continued attack on Elton John. I searched online to see if I could uncover the source of his beef with Elton – other than the huge album sales and ticket prices mentioned in the song – and in doing so found that there is a version on YouTube. Here it is. Meanwhile I’m none the wiser about the cause of Randy’s disdain. Do any older Afterworders have any insight into this?
Please forgive what is clearly yet another self-indulgent stroll down memory lane, but a couple of Afterworders have requested more details about my Beatles encounter of 1967. So here it is.
Now read on
He’s more of a Rocket Man
OK, you can do better than that…