Great song, sad video...

Monday, January 26, 2015

Great song, sad video...

...almost unbearably so when the viewer is sucker-punched with the rocking of the empty chair and the photograph of the (then) recently deceased Roy Orbison (1936-1988).

Add to that the prominence of ex-Beatle George Harrison (1943-2001), and it's an emotional struggle between the spriteliness of the song and its wonderful harmonies, and the realization of the loss of two great musical talents.

I make the Traveling Wilburys one of the top "Super Groups" of all-time, right up there with CSNY, Cream and The Highwaymen but way ahead of Blind Faith and the seminal "Super Session" collective of Al Kooper, Mike Bloomfield, et al.


1. Hampton West said...

They were hot always like "Tweddle and the Monkey Man" with the line "In Jersey anything is legal, as long as you don't get caught," as after all, I am a Jerseyite by birth. I'm also convinced in the first album they did they made the lyrics up on the spot.

Quite possibly, but the only established lyricist in that crew was Dylan, and look at some of the songs earlier songs he put together, like "Mr. Tambourine Man."

O, and not for nuthin' but the correct title is actually "Tweeter and the Monkey Man."
– Dean

2. Hampton West said...

Well I was close.

Still love the line Dylan came up with... maybe Chris Christie can use it in his campaign.

I don't think so!

3. The Quiogue Kid said...

When Roy Orbison died, the group wanted to continue with the legendary Del Shannon taking Roy's place but Shannon committed suicide and this version of the band never happened.

Heard that, but no one had a voice like Orbison's!

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