Now Run, Run Real Fast: The Richard Berry Thread

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Doesn't seem to be one.

When I did interviews 30 years ago, I was lucky: Joey Ramone, Bob Mould, Paul Westerberg, Johnny Thunders, a few other then-heroes. My favourite from this vantage point might have be Richard Berry, who came through Toronto for a couple of club shows. A complaint I usually don't make: how is he not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Not just for "Louie, Louie," although that's probably enough right there. Just started listening to a box set of all his work with the Flairs, the Dreamers, and the Robins, where he sang on "Riot in Cell Block #9." He released his own version of "Riot," "The Big Break," a year later, and it's just as wild. The Flairs' "She Wants to Rock" is incredible, and he could sing ballads, too.

clemenza, Thursday, 14 September 2017 04:22 (one week ago) Permalink

His other work is pretty great. Not even sure how well his original of Louie Louie compares either to his own other songs or non calypso influenced covers. I remember reading debate about whether or not it was a cash in on Chuck Berry's Havana Moon which is from around the same time.
But his other stuff rocks. I've been meaning to pick up one of the more recent compis than Get In The Car which I already have.
Henry Rollins appears to have been a fan and covered several of his songs, notably Next Time.

Stevolende, Thursday, 14 September 2017 06:28 (one week ago) Permalink

You can get this for under $15 on Amazon--must have close to everything:

clemenza, Thursday, 14 September 2017 11:32 (one week ago) Permalink

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