Roll it back to early 70s. My favorite bands were Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, the New York Dolls, the Rolling Stones, the Allman Brothers. Something of a mess, but lots of great music.
Commander Cody and the Airmen were my home group. I saw them many times, they played smallish clubs, and I was devoted to them.
What’s the matter Now is less novelty and more straightforward than much CC. But what I liked about them was the way they played straight rock ‘n’ roll (great version of 20 Flight Rock) and corny old timey country (Family Bible) and stoner classics (Down to Seeds and Stems Again Blues), all with nothing in mind but fun.
I’ve seen Bill Kirchen a few times the last few years, his current version of “Hot Rod Lincoln” is available on Youtube, and is great fun for Bill’s ability to play snippets of many, many classic licks. Here’s one version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsLdufJePz0
Hey, I already put that up a week or so ago in the Chris Spedding “Guitar Jamboree” post. I’ll let it slide this time, Fenger. But just this once.