Sunday, January 25, 2009

Just Another Band Out of Boston

Speaking of Casey Kasem, on January 15, 1972, he talked about a band that was getting much mention as America's answer to the Rolling Stones. He cited two rock writers, from San Francisco and Sacramento, who had made an explicit comparison between the raunch and blues of this new group and the Stones. Then he played the new hit from this five-man band out of Boston:

"Lookin' for a Love," by the J. Geils Band. Bet you didn't see that one coming.


Kinky Paprika said...

Uh, weren't they a six-man?

I might have seen it coming had the number been right ... weren't too many raunchy six-man lineups out of Boston back then.

T. Nawrocki said...

Yeah, that's what threw me too. But Casey said "five." I thought maybe Seth Justman hadn't joined till later, and though he was the last to join, he definitely played on "Looking for a Love."

Kinky Paprika said...

I love Casey's citation of a rock writer from Sacramento as an authority on rock'n'roll trends (and on a band from Boston.)

I also would have loved to hear Casey name-drop Magic Dick, though I doubt he ever did.

Robbie Geils said...

what Casey meant was "five men" (the rest of the band) and "one demigod" (Peter Wolf).

"Looking for a Love" was a blatant attempt to be the Stones... it was a cover of an R&B oldie by the Valentinos, whose only other hit was "It's All Over Now." Both were written by new Hall of Fame WTF selection, Bobby Womack. (Oddly, The J. Geils Band aren't in yet.)

T. Nawrocki said...

Man, you should be writing this stuff rather than me. I wish I had known that.

What's most surprising about the J. Geils Band's omission is that P. Wolf is good friends with J. Wenner.