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Arthur Lee

Postby Cuimean » Mon Aug 07, 2006 6:32 pm

Arthur Lee of the band Love died on Aug. 3.

I remember driving around L.A. and hearing this super aggressive '60s song on the radio...the lyrics were weird, the singer sounded like Levi Stubbs on speed, the drums were like a machine gun, and the guitar was frantic and distorted. The song reached a crescendo and there was literally the sound of an explosion, then it broke down into a slow 6/8 blues as it faded out. It was amazing: with the engergy of the best punk rock, but recorded when the Ramones were still in grade school. I sat in my car in my parking lot and listened to the radio for another fifteen minutes until the DJ came on and announced that it had been the band Love with the song "7 and 7 Is." I eventually learned more about the band, how they were huge in the L.A. club scene in the '60s and how their unwillingess to tour marginalized their legacy, how their "Forever Changes" album became an underground psychedelic classic, and how Lee wound up in jail on a firearms charge (he served 5 years; the details on what actually happened are sketchy), but that first blast of "7 and 7 Is" is still the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Arthur Lee., ... 92,00.html

Boom bip bip, boom bip bip, yeah!

(It has been reported that Syd Barrett wrote the tune "Interstellar Overdrive" while trying to figure out Love's version of the Burt Bacharach tune "My Little Red Book." :) )
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