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In tribute to this marvelous date — 11/11/11 — I present the following:
“These go to eleven …”
Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and…
Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.
Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it’s louder? Is it any louder?
Nigel Tufnel: Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You’re on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you’re on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
Marty DiBergi: I don’t know.
Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?
Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.
Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
Marty DiBergi: Why don’t you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.
And Superdrag’s heartfelt rawk tribute to a girl,
Spinal Tap-style: “My baby goes to eleven …”
When I think of the soul of rock and roll, I tend to think of bands like The Flamin’ Groovies, bands that you should hear on classic rock radio but don’t, bands who hit that main vein of rock just a few times, with just a few gems (as opposed to a bunch of great records).
Here are three tunes that I think could easily replace a couple of tired classic rock repeaters (Nazareth’s version of “Love Hurts” maybe? Anything by Peter Frampton?). Take a listen:
Shake Some Action
Intrigued? The story of the Flamin’ Groovies is interesting, weird, and kind of hilarious. Get the Groovies’ history and discography here.