September 21, 2020

1980-01-15 – The Times and Democrat

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By JIM SPEARS
T&D Staff Writer

Of the groups that will affect
the music of the 19805, two are
British and one American. The
Who and Pink Floyd have been
with us since the 19608, while the
Eagles got their start at the

beginningofthe 19708.

The three have different styles '

and may appeal to different
audiences, but they have one
distinct common ground: they all
play their own music, no matter
what the critics or their peers
say, and they play it well.

These three supergroups seem
to be in the musical vanguard for
the ’805 because of just that
diversity: they know the trends
of music, they adapt it to their
own purposes and turn it into
something completely their own
creation.

A fascinating example was the
Eagles’ ‘Hotel California,’ which
was a letdown in some respects
to Eagles fans. It seemed so
because this California-based
band was adjusting to a new
member, Joe Walsh, formerly of
the Jm Gang. Now Joe has
comfortably fit into the Eagles
format and changed it quite a bit.

Joe has really made his mark
on the group of fine musicians he
cast his lot with: Don Henley,
Don Felder, Glenn Frey and
Timothy B. Schmit. Their
resultant late 1979 release, ‘The
Long Run,’ shows the complex
diversity of these five
troubadours. With songs written
by all five members, and guest
writing by Bob Seger, JD.
Souther and Barry De Vomon,
the Eagles fly once again.

Jimmy Buffett and David
Sanborn are guests on the disc,
and even though they are good,
they merely add more luster to
the shining effort put forth. If you

don’t think so, listen to songs like. ,

TheTrnds Of. The 1980?

This is the revised lineup of The Who: John Entwhistle, new

drummer Kenney Jones. Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend.
(NEA Photo)

“King Of Hollywood,” “Hear-
tache Tonight” or even “The
Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks. ”
With such simple, yet complex
rhythms, the Eang prove they
are fit to take the increasingly
difficult road of money-making
record releases in the early ’80s.

Crossing the Atlantic to foggy
England, we come across the
lone surviving psychedelic band:
Pink Floyd. From the days of
their inception In 1967, Floyd has
come up with unusual and en-
tertaining releases, with such
wayward titles as ‘Piper At The
Gates Of Dawn,’ ‘A Saucerful Of
Secrets,’ ‘Atom Heart Mother’
and ‘Ummagumma.’

Now the Pink boys have
returned from a three-year
hiatus after ‘Animals’ with ‘The
Wall,’ and given new meaning to
the expression ‘concept album.’
This double album offers a little
of ~ everything for every Floyd
fanatic. From the roar of
machine guns to helicopters to a

wall being blown apart, you are, .

at the least, entertained through
four full sides of Pink Floyd.

The Floyd will lead in the ’805
simply because they have sur-

vived since ’67, and so it comes
down to this: if you like Pink
Floyd, buy ‘The Wall.’ If you
don’t, buy ‘Wish You Were Here’
or ‘Animals’ first. Then maybe
you will understand the depth
and feel of Roger Waters’ lyrics
and arrangements or the pure
strength of David Gilmour’s
masterful electric slide guitar.

Moving on in England, we
encounter one of the world’s top
five bands: The Who. Many
critics wrote them off when Keith
Moon died. But even though they
may be unproven on a new album
and have had bad publicity in the
United States already, they too
are survivors of the best sort:
when hit by the loss of a concrete
member, they merely took some
time off, regrouped, and came
back with a vengeance.

Pete Townshend may be losing
his hearing from playing so loud,
but he’s lost none of his touch.
J ust listen to some of his soaring
power chords and you’ll see what
I mean.

Watch these groups in the
1980s. Unless I am very sadly
mistaken, they will be the
leaders.