The Top 14 Birds In Rock
It’s not what you think.
Chickenfoot – the brand new band featuring frontman Sammy Hagar, guitarist Joe Satriani, bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Chad Smith – have just released an amusing teaser video.
You can watch it below.
We have to say, Chickenfoot’s music (what there is of it in the vid) sounds pretty damn good to us.
Given the amount of times the four members repeat the ‘Chickenfoot’ mantra, we also suspect this might become the band’s permanent name.
Which is kinda strange, because you might remember that Chickenfoot was supposed to be a ‘tentative’ title. Well, maybe not.
Now, Chickenfoot is a pretty awful handle, we think you’ll agree. But it by no means sets a precedent…
So here, without further ado, are Classic Rock’s Top 14 Birds In Rock.
The veteran Welsh band wowed the crowd at last year’s Hard Rock Hell II festival. Originally called Six Ton Budgie, bassist/singer Burke Shelley explained the origins behind the band’s name thus: “I loved the idea of playing noisy, heavy rock, but calling ourselves after something diametrically opposed to that.” Shelley is so dedicated to the Budgie cause, he even buys his clothes at Millets. Here they are playing their all-time classic, Breadfan.
What have Judas Priest got to do with seagulls? Simple, dimples. Their first two albums – Rocka Rolla and Sad Wings Of Destiny – were released on the Gull Records label, the ‘progressive’ offshoot of Decca. Here they are playing the title track to their second album.
The eagle is an enduring avian image in rock, taking in everything from The Eagles to Saxon’s The Eagle Has Landed. But for a change we thought we’d dedicate this entry to the rather splendid Steve Miller and his top track, Fly Like An Eagle.
If you’re a Rush fan, you’re bound to have a copy of their second album Fly By Night. And what’s depicted on the cover? An owl, no less! Bizarrely, Rush neglected to compose an owl-related song for inclusion on Fly By Night. So with no music to back up this entry, here’s ’Owlin’ Wolf instead.
Fleetwood Mac’s finest hour? Almost certainly.
Manfred Mann once wrote a paean to a spindly-legged creature with garishly coloured plumage. Needless to say, David Bowie wasn’t amused. (We couldn’t find any decent footage of the Manfreds doing Pretty Flamingo, so here’s Elvis Costello and friends instead.)
The world of rock is full of Robins. We can think of at least, er, three of them. Singer Robin McAuley, Coca-Cola theme-song gal Robin Beck, and Robin Zander. Mr Zander gets the nod due to a double-whammy. He is, of course, the singer in Cheep Trick.
…With added Wind, of course. Here are the Masters Of The Universe themselves.
Fear not – we’re not going down the Pigeon Detectives route. Not in our gaff, guv’nor! So here’s Lieutenant Pigeon instead.
Many years ago Classic Rock’s Geoff Barton interviewed David Cassidy. “It was an absolute displeasure,” Barton recalls. “He was rather obnoxious.” Here’s a reminder of happier times: Mr Cassidy and his Partridge Family chums crooning along to I Think I Love You. Check out the bizarre stage set – not to mention the Priest Feast-sized crowd!
Camel’s 1973 album Flight Of The Snow Goose was based on a children’s story by Paul Gallico. This endearingly preposterous piece of sentimental tosh even got to No.22 in the UK album chart.
Remember David ‘Duck’ Dowle? He used to drum for Whitesnake, don’tcha know. (But then again, didn’t everybody?)
Iggy Pop currently advertises Swift Insurance. Also in this category: the gorgeous, pouting ‘teen of country’, Taylor Swift. (Don’t even go there – Ed.)
Well, ‘Swann’ to be precise. Carl Swann being the manager of Glenn Hughes. (That’s enough Birds In Rock – Ed.)