Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Knives Are Coming Out About the Eagles

Poor Glenn Frey couldn't catch a break before the Eagles haters decided to use his unfortunate and somewhat premature death to trash the band.

At least it is better than the crap leveled at David Bowie and underage groupies. THAT was disgusting.

The Eagles haters are simply engaging in bad taste.

I much preferred the 1950s and 1960s music (and even a lot of the 1980s songs) to the 1970s. If you want to hear real country rock, just listen to the Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo and the Flying Burrito Brothers' The Gilded Palace of Sin. Both of those were the real beginnings of country rock. The Eagles built up on it or exploited it, depending on whether or not you liked the group.

They were okay. There were better bands, and there were worse bands. I am not going to trash Glenn Frey and company.

Some old articles Glenn might have come across:

One labeled them the Perry Como of rock, an insult if there ever was one.

Another old article with some background of the group:

Hate, after all, has gone out of fashion in music journalism. To simply dismiss a band like the Eagles puts one in the minority in these days of critical reappraisals and click-bait “in defense of” pieces. Much better to write about finding something to like about the Eagles. Except for this: No amount of revisionism, wishful thinking or impressive writing can change the simple fact that the Eagles still suck.

Before examining the current revisionism, let’s back up. The Eagles formed in 1971, its founding members brought together by Linda Ronstadt to play on her self-titled debut. Don Henley and Glenn Frey were L.A. transplants from Texas and Michigan, respectively, while Randy Meisner had gigged in Ricky Nelson’s band and Bernie Leadon had established his country-rock bona fides in the Flying Burrito Brothers. Their 1972 self-titled debut, which included such hits as “Take It Easy” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” established the Eagles as easily the most popular act in the burgeoning SoCal country-rock scene, much to the chagrin of artists like Gram Parsons and Gene Clark. When their follow-up, “Desperado,” failed to match that success, the Eagles buffed away some of their more country elements, such that by the time they released their first “Greatest Hits” in 1976, they sounded less like “Sweetheart of the Rodeo”-era Byrds and more like America. That collection has sold nearly 42 million copies worldwide and remains a popular catalog title nearly 40 years later.

The BBC, among many in the media, has an obit of Frey here.

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