Patti Smith quotes The Who at R&R Hall performance
bkawak at chartertn.net
Sun Mar 18 19:36:19 CDT 2007
> So I'm watching part of the 2007 R&R Hall of Fame induction ceremony on
> VH-1, and catch the last half of Patti Smith's performance of what seemed
> to be a new song of hers called, I think, "Rock and Roll Nigger." I'm not
> kidding, folks. From what I could gather, it is a MAJOR
> anti-establishment, coutner-culture song meant to shock the audience.
> VH-1 actually bleeped the word nigger (and all the other profanity, of
> which there was plenty), which was used maybe 25 times in the song. By
> the way, the song f-ing ROCKED!!! I'll bet it's on YouTube, so check it
The song is on the Patti Smith Group album Easter released in 1977. The
song was used in the movie Natural Born Killers.
> Anyway, at a certain point in the song, I'm pretty sure Patti sang, "I
> sing my song to the wide open spaces, I sing my song out to the infinite
> sea..." If anyone saw it, please correct me if I'm wrong. Guess she's a
> Who/Pete Twonshend fan.
Yes, Patti and the band are well known Who fans. They covered My Generation
(live) on the band's first major label single.
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