Monday, July 18, 2011

The Raspberries--Tonight (1973)

    Ok....I'm in a hurry this morning...AND today is guitarist Wally Bryson's birthday (he's 62). But really it just gives me a chance to play a song from a group that just now is beginning to get it's due as a deeply influential band. Along with Big Star, and Badfinger, The Raspberries literally began what we know now as power pop music. The blend of Beach Boys style harmonies, rockers that sounded a bit like The Who, and a Beatles style sensibility as a blend least for this young teenager (at the time) was intoxicating. They always had a bit of an image problem, being marketed as a band aimed for young teenagers, when the band themselves sought to be taken more seriously. The tensions caused within the band because of this eventually split them up after 3 years and a handful of classic songs. Here's to my favorite band from the 70's....


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