Chopped Liver – Another Brick In The Wall

Hey, Teacher! Leave Those Kids Alone!

Yesterday I reported that none of my Rock n Roll heroes had died that day, as far as I was aware. However, I am reminded of a somewhat tenuous Rock n Roll passing recently – that of a Mr. Leonard Skinner.

Who he?

Well he was a gym teacher at a school in Florida in the 60’s and one day he took umbrage at the length of the hair of three of the scrawny kids in his watch. Mr. Skinner expelled the upstarts from his class – that’ll learn ’em.

Well it didn’t stop one of them forming a band, with a whole bunch of other long-haired layabouts, who decided to name themselves after their one-time gym teacher – and so was born the immense rock band – Lynyrd Skynyrd.

I went to see them in 1975 or 6 in Glasgow – at The Apollo – and boy were they good, and boy were they loud. They were the loudest band I had seen to date – My ears still wish Swans in London in the early 90’s had not taken that record – I have never seen so many people moving as far as they could towards the back of the auditorium – but it didn’t help – Swans was an aural onslaught of uncomfortable proportions.

But back to the Skyns – I’ll never forget Ronnie van Zandt’s orchestral manouevres with his arms conducting every single note – he was a great showman. It is a sad tale that shortly afterwards, half the band were wiped out in a plane crash.

Fry ys y frybyrd

I am not really big on guitar solos. But if you need to have one, then Freebird’s is one of the all time classics. That and Neil Young’s in Like A Hurricane. There’s a thing – Desert Island Guitar Solos – What’s your favourite?

Oh, and if you’re reading this on Saturday, then do check out the Indy on Sunday tomorrow – you might be in for a big surprise. And if you’re reading this on Sunday – all Hallow’s Eve – then the scary pic should surface today.

Now there… are 3…. steps to… carry a donor card – ooh, wap wap!
Just follow steps 1, 2 and 3.

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