You And I guitarist on appeal of Who, 60's Brit music

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at
Mon Jul 5 08:57:58 CDT 2004

This is the band opening for The Who down under. From
the Sydney Morning Herald at:

Back to the future
By Ben Wyld
July 6, 2004
When Tim Rogers goes for a walk, invariably the
familiar melody of the Rolling Stones' Jumpin' Jack
Flash plays in his mind.

A young Rogers, having not been exposed to punk rock,
found 1960s music infinitely more appealing than the
late '70s and early '80s radio pop scene.

"What struck me about the music was its tone and
sound: it just cut harder and sounded attractively
aggressive ... as if it were slashed up with a finely
crafted knife," Rogers says.

"The guitars cut through, and the drums sounded like -
you could hear and see the guy playing them."

He never got into the "hippie San Francisco stuff",
says Rogers, the frontman for You Am I, but bands like
the Rolling Stones, Small Faces, the Animals and the

"In the '60s, all the bands came crashing in, in a big
velvet mess, with switchblade sounds and drums that
sounded like they were coming to attack you," he says.

And while Elvis's raw physical presence dwindled,
Rogers says, as he became more commercialised, figures
such as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend
and Keith Moon brought enduring physicality back to

"They had a sexuality that was menacing, which was a
quality that didn't diminish as they got older," he
says. "As someone who was awkward and not confident
about their physical presence themselves ... I latched
on to those guys.

"There was thuggery and poncery ... you can be dressed
like a dandy but strike with a knife.

"The Pretty Things looked like ponces, like really
ugly girls, but played like Jack the Ripper.

"If you're going to call it rock 'n' roll, it should
have a bit more danger to it."

-Brian in Atlanta
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