Rock Bottom

There are a number great guitar players who got snubbed by Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Top 100” list. It doesn’t really compute that list. The order, and who was included/excluded…

Case in point, German rock guitarist Michael Schenker. He was an on-again, off-again member of UFO, and he had his own group. He was snubbed by Rolling Stone. Listen to this song, and see if you agree. (The live version is probably better, even though I usually hate live albums, but at 11 minutes and change, that version is too long for this audience.) And UFO is worth a post, since they bridged the era between Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.

This song is “Rock Bottom” by UFO from their 1974 album Phenomenon. At 6 minutes or so, it is about twice the length of the single version, which is not worth your time. The guitar solo that starts at about 2 minutes and 40 seconds into today’s song is worth a listen.

Like a Train-wreck. I want to Look Away…

But I can’t. UFO. The 1970 TV series. It probably hit the US in 1971 or 1972 at the latest. (By 1975 they were making Space 1999, which was a spin-off.) I remember watching this, when it first launched. I thought it was great, but then I was 10 or 11 years old.

What follows is the pilot, “Identified.” They all seem to be there, though I have not watched them all. (There are limits! It truly is bad, even compared to the original Star Trek series.) The effects are cheesy, the costumes and dialog are ridiculous, even by the standards of 1970, though I do like the purple hair on the Moon Base Alpha crew. And EVERYBODY smokes. On planes. In offices. Wherever. Which was true up to about 1990 or so anyway. So since the series is set in 1980, this is probably Truth in Television.