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Thought Experiment: what if the Beatles had played punk?…

From the ever-illuminating Dangerous Minds:

If The Beatles had been Glaswegian and played Punk they may have sounded a bit like The New Piccadillys, a fab four of respected musicians: George Miller (Lead guitar), Keith Warwick (Rhythm guitar), Mark Ferrie (Bass guitar), and Michael Goodwin (Drums), who have variously worked with Sharleen Spiteri, The Kaisers, The Thanes, Ray Gunn and The Rockets and The Scottish Sex Pistols. This is their toe-taping version of The Ramones’ “Judy is a Punk.” European tours, world domination and Piccadillymania beckon…

As we remember the good old days, we might recall that it was on this date in 1970 that the band otherwise known as Led Zeppelin performed in Copenhagen as “The Nobs.”  Frau Eva von Zeppelin, a descendent of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, creator of the Zeppelin aircraft, had threatened legal action over use of the “Zeppelin” name.
The trouble had started at a 1968 Copenhagen performance at which the band had performed sans pseudonym.  Frau Zeppelin had tried to preempt the band, calling them “shrieking monkeys” whose name besmirched the memory of her ancestor; but after a hastily-arranged meeting backstage, which went cordially, the group went on-stage.  On leaving the hall that evening, Frau Zeppelin saw the the cover of the group’s first album – the exploding Hindenburg aircraft– and… well, as Jimmy Page recalls, “When she saw the cover she just exploded! I had to run and hide. She just blew her top.”  Her anger survived until the band’s next Danish visit; and rather than risk her wrath, they changed their name for the night.
 “The Nobs,” February 28, 1970, KB Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark (source)

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February 28, 2012 at 1:01 am

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