Chuck Berry, “Nadine (Is It You?)” (1964).
These are remarkable images for a pop song, and both the music and use of language proved to be a profound influence on Bob Dylan. One need only listen to “Nadine (Is It You?),” released in February 1964, and then to the 1965 Dylan album Bringing It All Back Home, with its surreal story-songs, to hear the similarities.
It’s unfailingly amateurish, almost completely silly, occasionally quite perverted, and always about sex.
Tim Sendra praises the music of the Vaselines
Chuck Berry, Neoclassicist
by Stephen Akey for The Millions
Chuck Berry lyrics are “poetry, or at least a variety of folk poetry that delights in language and its own expressiveness.”
I never ever get tired of watching Mary Timony play guitar. Never.
She even manages to work out the kinks after a prolonged burst of Eddie Van Halenesque fingertapping runs by shaking her hands in time to the music. Charm for miles.
So, if I wanna search the “punk/new wave” genre and the “campy” mood and “5 star” ratings, then you’ll tell me that Blondie rules?
Oh, I could play this game all day…
Rejected 33 1/3 book proposal: Throwing Muses
The Beatles, “Yer Blues” (1968).
"Balanced deftly between parody and earnestness…"
—The Beatles Bible