Day 9 – A Song that You Can Dance to: "Lizard Song"

“Lizard Song” – Brian & the Nightmares

Smith, Relleva, Hagardorn

I should change the title of this one to “A Song that You Will Dance to … and dare anyone to stop you!” Brian & the Nightmares were the band I worshipped during my undergrad days at ETSU. They were an incredible live band with something rare, at the time, among roots-based guitar bands: great songs. They held their own in sweaty dance clubs and listening rooms, in auditoriums and pool halls. They’d play a James Brown tune, turn around into a Cramps cover, then rip off four of their own excellent songs — two from Brian, two from guitarist Kurt Hagardorn — then, before you could catch your breath from hooting and hollering, knock you flat with a revved-up version of an old classic like “Stack ‘o Lee” or “These Boots Are Made for Walking.” By the way, “Lizard Song” is one of my all-time faves: great riff, cool lyrics, awesome lead breaks. And I will dance along with it, in a darkened club, with a bunch of other sweaty rock kids dressed in black, to my heart’s content!


About russellwriter

Rob Russell is a dad, husband, writer, musician, educator, comic book reader, bad solderer, pop culture junky, trivia buff and student of everything cool and uncool. His favorite records are Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and, currently, The Best of Bobbie Gentry: The Capitol Years. His favorite comic books are Kurt Busiek's Astro City and Neil Gaiman's Sandman. His favorite literary novels are Gabrial Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude and William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. His favorite genre novels are John Scalzi's Red Shirts, M.R. Carrey's The Girl with All the Gifts, and Dan Simmons' Drood. His favorite movie is Goodfellas. His favorite hobby, besides everything, is writing about himself and his favorite things in the third person.

Posted on April 19, 2011, in 30 Songs, Johnson City Rocks, Pop Culture, Rock and Roll and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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