I love playing music before class starts. Sometimes this is quasi-educational – i.e. Animaniacs videos – and sometimes it’s just music with a historical bent – i.e. Guns ‘n’ Roses Civil War, Black Sabbath War Pigs, U2′s Blood Sunday, and others.
But recently I’ve found the band that you should be listening to – the Sensational Alex Harvey Band.
I was searching for YouTube videos about the Boston Tea Party, and I stumbled on this gem.
SAHB – The Boston Tea Party
There is something amazingly addictive about the song – Boston Tea Party – by SAHB. The melody, in its simple repetition, makes you want to hum along forever. The chorus is almost hypnotic, but the verses introduce a nice splash of life into the song.
I’ve been mezmerized since the first time I heard it. My wife isn’t so enthralled, though, and she usually gets a weird look on her face when I randomly start humming the tune.
There isn’t exactly a lot of historical content in the song, but I love it. I wouldn’t put it in the bin of music to constantly repeat, but I wouldn’t mind playing it once or twice for my kids. If nothing else, they’ll get a kick out of the video and wonder what the heck is wrong with the guitarist.
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band has a lot of decent stuff besides this song. They were a pretty well known Scottish rock group in the 1970′s, and although they seem dated now they were apparently a heckuva live show.
If you’re into classic rock, I’d suggest you check them out. There are a lot of live performances on YouTube, so just browse around and listen/watch. Here’s one more cool song for you to check out.
Impossible Dream - kind of like spoken word over a guitar riff – makes a poignant statement about weapons. Not necessarily the best song ever (musically), but I love the theme. This song in particular reminds me a lot of Lennon, one of my all-time favorite musicians.
Go Out and Listen!
So what are you waiting for? Go start listening. The Sensational Alex Harvey Band is waiting. If nothing else, you’ll get a kick outta the video.
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