Least I Don't Need to Beg or Borrow

According to the Wikipedia entry for the Van Halen song "Running With the Devil," Robert Walser contends that "the feeling of freedom created by the freedom of motion of the guitar solos and fills can be at various times supported, defended, or threatened by the physical power of the bass and the violence of the drums. The latter rigidly organize and control time; the guitar escapes with flashy runs."

Naturally I am disappointed to learn that the Robert Walser in question is not the Swiss novelist, who died in 1956 and who in any case would have been a little old to be a headbanger when the first VH album appeared thirty years ago.

Be that as it may, Walser underestimates the importance of David Lee Roth, whose vocals you can listen to sans music here. (Thanks to Chris Lehmann for the link.)

Warning: Do not play this while drinking a beverage. It will exit through your nose.
August 19, 2008 3:17 PM | | Comments (2)

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Dear Scott,

Great finds (i.e. VH on Wikipedia, Roth without back up). If Mr. Walser the VH critic were a poet, to what school of wordsmithing does he belong? His writing is reminiscent of word porn for hard rock.

- Tim

I think you have a good title for an anthology there, Tim. Word Porn for Hard Rock covers an awful lot of territory....

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