Argent - "Hold Your Head Up"

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Do they still play this song on the radio? I remember hearing it all the time on classic rock radio 10-12 yrs ago but don't think I've heard it since then. I'm not sure if it's good since I haven't heard it in so long but I've kinda been missing it. Use this thread to discuss either this song or the changing nature of classic rock.

sundar subramanian (sundar), Sunday, 27 April 2003 20:32 (eighteen years ago) link

There's a Soulwax remix on Futurism 2 which is excellent, I always wondered what the original was like.

Ronan (Ronan), Sunday, 27 April 2003 20:41 (eighteen years ago) link

I've got the original, believe it or not, on a 33 rpm 'maxi single'. The a side runs for 6.16, which I'll always remember. There was a track on the b side I preferred actually.

David (David), Sunday, 27 April 2003 21:02 (eighteen years ago) link

It's pretty great for a song that steals its beat from Pink Floyd's "Let There Be Light". I have the All Together Now and In Deep lps but hardly play them. I'm a huge Zombies fan, and even though I love all manner of 70's style classic rock the Argent records are just kind of there. Too many lame Bach-isms in his playing. Still, Ii'm interested in hearing the first two lps; I saw the Argent/Blunstone tour last year and in addition to a pretty good version of "Hold Your Head Up", they a did a couple earlier Argent tunes which caught my ear.

Oh yeah, as far as I know it's still on regular rotation on classic rock stations, where they exist. What I think is more interesting is that 'classic rock' as a format seems as though it is being slightly phased out. When I moved to the Chicago area over a decade ago, there were two distinct classic rock stations. Both have since been phased out - one became a talk station, and one went to a present-day "modern rock" format. There is a relatively new station that refers to its format as "classic hits"; basically it's the old classic rock playlist made slightly softer. You'll still hear something like "Hold Your Head Up"; but whereas in the past you'd hear the occasional Deep Purple or Black Sabbath cut, now it's more likely to be the Climax Blues Band or Stealer's Wheel.

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Sunday, 27 April 2003 21:47 (eighteen years ago) link

haha - they're playing this song right now in Ottawa during the Senators/Flyers game.

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Monday, 28 April 2003 00:18 (eighteen years ago) link

Australian pub rock cover band The Party Boys released a version of this that was as rubbish as you would imagine.

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Monday, 28 April 2003 00:21 (eighteen years ago) link

those Argent LPs are k-boring

amateurist (amateurist), Monday, 28 April 2003 01:04 (eighteen years ago) link

Phish does a quicker, instrumental version live before and after their drummer sings because apparently the drummer hates the song.

Aaron M (Aaron M), Monday, 28 April 2003 01:14 (eighteen years ago) link

I actually heard it in the grocery store this morning, but as Sundar says, it seems to have fallen out of the standard 'classic rock' rotation over the last decade or so.

Jeff Wright, Monday, 28 April 2003 01:19 (eighteen years ago) link

someone who is not nickalicious beating me to the phish reference shocker! yes, phish has played an (almost always) abbreviated version of this song hundreds of times on stage.

gabbneb (gabbneb), Monday, 28 April 2003 03:19 (eighteen years ago) link

eight years pass...

Hear this song on the radio today and it sounded awesome.

deez m'uts (La Lechera), Monday, 2 May 2011 18:37 (ten years ago) link


deez m'uts (La Lechera), Monday, 2 May 2011 18:38 (ten years ago) link

i have a soft spot for these late-'60s/early-'70s tunes with chugging, repetitive, 'smoke on the water'-ish guitar riffs.

omar little, Monday, 2 May 2011 19:04 (ten years ago) link

i have a soft spot for this tune because caustic resin has an incredible cover of it on one of their records

call all destroyer, Monday, 2 May 2011 19:07 (ten years ago) link

omar little, Monday, 2 May 2011 19:08 (ten years ago) link

i didn't know jeff tweedy was in mr big

deez m'uts (La Lechera), Monday, 2 May 2011 19:12 (ten years ago) link

One interesting thing about this song is that it was written as a tribute to the women's liberation movement, as it was called at that time. The chorus is "hold your head up, woman" but because of the way it's sung the "woman" at the end is usually not noticed. Even many of the lyric sites on the web don't include it. I grew up hearing this song on the radio, never knowing it was a tribute to women until I read about it somewhere years later.

bad fog, Monday, 2 May 2011 19:26 (ten years ago) link

The chorus is "hold your head up, woman" but because of the way it's sung the "woman" at the end is usually not noticed.

Mr. Big seemed to have missed this finer point in their attempt to impress us with what skilled shredding musicians they were. Walken: Needs more guitar.

Gorge, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 00:11 (ten years ago) link

What a great clip La Lachera posted. I had never seen Mr. Argent's hair in action before.

offee is for losers only, do you not c? (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 01:27 (ten years ago) link

The Soulwax remix was mentioned upthread but I thought I'd post it.

This is different from the one I have, which is odd, but I can't find another on YT.

The Sunspots In Your Eyes Are Actually Cataracts, Mr. Rudich (AWALL), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 08:39 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

i have a soft spot for these late-'60s/early-'70s tunes with chugging, repetitive, 'smoke on the water'-ish guitar riffs.

and screemy vocals

(REAL NAME) (m coleman), Monday, 21 May 2012 19:21 (nine years ago) link

argent - "tragedy"

(REAL NAME) (m coleman), Monday, 21 May 2012 19:23 (nine years ago) link

eleven months pass...

this song still rules

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Wednesday, 8 May 2013 18:37 (eight years ago) link

Had never noticed the "woman" before!

how's life, Wednesday, 8 May 2013 18:52 (eight years ago) link

nine months pass...


mookieproof, Sunday, 16 February 2014 01:14 (seven years ago) link

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