Bee Gees: Classic or Dud

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what he said. robin still has rough road ahead of him, but still. love these guys so fucking much.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 01:40 (five years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Another one bites the dust ...

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 20 May 2012 22:56 (five years ago) Permalink


dell (del), Sunday, 20 May 2012 23:13 (five years ago) Permalink

Wow. Just re-discovering their music...of course I knew he was sick, but this might affect my enjoyment. Bee Gees music is eternal and not something one associates with cancer.

I remember struggling with brother Andy's death as a child. RIP.

โตเกียวเหมียวเหมียว aka Bulgarian Tourist Chamber (Mount Cleaners), Sunday, 20 May 2012 23:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Sisig Steve (stevie), Sunday, 20 May 2012 23:18 (five years ago) Permalink

rip robin my favourite bee gee

Sisig Steve (stevie), Sunday, 20 May 2012 23:18 (five years ago) Permalink

i know he was really ill but this one hurts

buzza, Sunday, 20 May 2012 23:21 (five years ago) Permalink

a sad week for disco (and other genres)

Lee971 (Lee626), Sunday, 20 May 2012 23:49 (five years ago) Permalink

jesus, fuck this. g'night, Robin

Stormy Davis, Sunday, 20 May 2012 23:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Awesome live vocal of a very underrated song:

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 21 May 2012 14:23 (five years ago) Permalink

I love bustin' out classic Bee Gees for those (most?) that only know their disco stuff:

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 21 May 2012 15:06 (five years ago) Permalink

Mr. Natural is all time

RIP Robin

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 21 May 2012 15:26 (five years ago) Permalink

If we had someone who was willing to run the poll, I'd say we should bump this one up a la Beasties...

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 21 May 2012 15:37 (five years ago) Permalink

I'd be happy to do it but I kinda doubt we'd get many votes...

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 21 May 2012 15:55 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah nobody has heard those early-mid 70s records. well not nobody but... can't imagine we'd get too many folks repping for deep cuts from 'life in a tin can'

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Monday, 21 May 2012 16:06 (five years ago) Permalink

I've got all kinds of love for Trafalgar, Mr. Natural, and To Whom it May Concern myself, but yeah these are not popular opinions

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 21 May 2012 16:10 (five years ago) Permalink

big o has this pretty good unreleased solo album from 1970.
RIP. unmistakeable style and voice.

tylerw, Monday, 21 May 2012 16:15 (five years ago) Permalink

tyler, watch that video above. beautiful footage. beautiful song.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Monday, 21 May 2012 16:22 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah that is wonderful

tylerw, Monday, 21 May 2012 16:30 (five years ago) Permalink

I've got all kinds of love for Trafalgar, Mr. Natural, and To Whom it May Concern myself, but yeah these are not popular opinions


Seriously, Shakey, why don't we suggest this in the poll thread! If there's any time we could maximize votes, it would be now.

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 21 May 2012 16:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Oddly, the only three Bee Gees albums I've ever owned were To Whom, Tin Can and Mr. Natural; radio promos I brought home. Sold 'em, and honestly can't remember much of any of them, but that clip of Mr. Natural brought the memory of that one back big time.

Soccer mom, hopeless and lost, in utter despair (Dan Peterson), Monday, 21 May 2012 17:05 (five years ago) Permalink

Tin Can is pretty crap

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 21 May 2012 17:11 (five years ago) Permalink

I was just spinning some Bee Gees and 'Nights on Broadway' came up, which I love...and I remembered Fallon & Timberlake used it as the SNL Barry Gibb Talk Show theme song and I got SO teary and then I had to laugh at myself and ugh I'm just so bummed

I know Robin was sick but still, I really hate not having him anymore. I loved them for so long.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 21 May 2012 17:12 (five years ago) Permalink

every time I watch a live clip I still get blown away by how there's barely any drop-off between them in the studio and them on stage...

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 21 May 2012 17:17 (five years ago) Permalink

that's what happens when you've been performing since you were like 6 years old. they were pros.

barry sometimes seems to be fake-playing guitar in live gigs.

robin looks almost normal there.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Monday, 21 May 2012 18:23 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah I've noticed the fake-playing too

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 21 May 2012 18:24 (five years ago) Permalink

Had no idea the Bee Gees completely missed the UK album charts from late 1970-76. Main Course was huge in the US.

Conversely, they were all but banned from US radio in the early to mid 80s, the Bee Gees having been the biggest target of the disco backlash. I doubt many Americans have heard "You Win Again".

I really like Mr. Natural, a transitional album that catches them just as they were starting to search for a new sound.

Lee971 (Lee626), Monday, 21 May 2012 21:55 (five years ago) Permalink

My pals and I made the trek to Memphis to interview Alex Chilton once, back before he was really famous, and he was living with his mom down there and had no money. We're sitting in this biker bar and he goes off about Gibb's "Robin's Reign," very amusing:

"I mean, I like everything, you know, but then again what I would do would be something different. But Robin Gibb’s solo album, this is before the Bee Gees went disco, he had quit the group, he though he was too great to be in it. I didn’t find it until 1977. I was in New York. I was going through this record store and I always kind of liked Robin Gibb the way he’d stand there like Bette Davis (puts finger in cheek). You know, I thought his songs were the best songs they had done and I saw this album and had to buy it and took it home and it was really great."

<3 alex chilton

buzza, Monday, 4 June 2012 06:55 (five years ago) Permalink

2001 ilx vmic

buzza, Monday, 4 June 2012 06:56 (five years ago) Permalink

attention ye robin gibb mourners -- bee gees polling in effect, 10 ballots received and we would love more contributions :D

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 9 June 2012 04:35 (five years ago) Permalink

Do your civic duty people.

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 9 June 2012 12:06 (five years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Robin's vocal on "Black Diamond" is so virtuosic. When he shifts into his throat and then does that fake soul impression on the repetition of the "He wa' leavin' in the morning" line - that's really something else.

― Tim Ellison

so otm

buzza, Saturday, 15 December 2012 11:08 (five years ago) Permalink

Not enough love here for the 60s stuff, which is my favourite Bee Gees. It wasn't all twee; some of it kinda rocked (the Earnest of Being George, In My Own Time, Idea). There's some great McCartney-inspired bass playing on some of that stuff, clearly Maurice really dug Revolver. Robin was one helluva vocalist - actually, singer. We can call him a singer. Listen to "Really and Sincerely", wow. Even his emoting in "I Started A Joke" can move you if you let it.

Plus, they were funny. Stuff like "I've Decided To Join The Airforce" and "Craise Finton Kirk" are wonderfully sardonic in a somewhat cheerier-than-Ray-Davies mold.

Classic, no question. Even before they became Kings of Disco. Even if they never did that thing.

Doctor Flange, Sunday, 16 December 2012 23:55 (five years ago) Permalink

all their mid-'60s to early '70s albums bursting with great deep cuts, and sometimes outtakes.

Lee626, Monday, 17 December 2012 23:04 (five years ago) Permalink

am thinking of picking up the Mythology box set

any naysayers out there?

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 27 December 2012 16:34 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

^ by bob stanley

just sayin, Monday, 14 July 2014 20:37 (three years ago) Permalink

nice, thank you.

I dunno. (amateurist), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 04:03 (three years ago) Permalink

Yes, very nice, thks. Guess I should go ahead and get the book.

I Need Andmoreagain (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 10:23 (three years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Box set of the 74 to 79 years due on Rhino end of March

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 29 January 2015 15:55 (two years ago) Permalink

hmm no real bonus tracks :(

Οὖτις, Thursday, 29 January 2015 16:31 (two years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

rip robert stigwood

hunangarage, Monday, 4 January 2016 20:26 (two years ago) Permalink

Outlived 3 Gibb Bros.

Anyway, it's not a three, it's a yogh. (Tom D.), Monday, 4 January 2016 20:49 (two years ago) Permalink

Assuming he was 112.

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 5 January 2016 14:36 (two years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Happy 70th Barry!

Οὖτις, Thursday, 1 September 2016 21:41 (one year ago) Permalink

classic mooseknuckle

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 2 September 2016 04:15 (one year ago) Permalink

Speaking of which!

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 6 September 2016 02:28 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

would you believe me if I told you that some of this album has a Blue Nile vibe

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Sunday, 23 October 2016 23:56 (one year ago) Permalink

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