December 29th, 2008


nice boys don't play rock and roll

While digging around on YouTube for various music related things, I stumbled across some old promotional music videos for the band Rose Tattoo from the late 70s. I had never seen any of these, and wasted a good 30 minutes watching them all. For the uninitiated, Rose Tattoo is a hard rock band that, despite having widespread influence on later bands (particularly the LA sleaze-metal of Motley Crue, Guns N Roses, et al.), has operated in virtual obscurity for over 30 years. This is due in large part to living in the constant shadow of their fellow Australians, ACDC, to whom they are constantly compared and often dismissed as being a poor man's version of. Rose Tattoo's sound is in the same ballpark as ACDC, but they have their own style and flair which is inimitable, particularly in the slide-guitar sound of Peter Wells and the freakish charisma of their diminutive front man Angry Anderson. As proof, check out this video for "Rock and Roll Outlaw" - it's both hilarious and awesome:

And if you've never heard "Nice Boys", there's a studio version of it on YouTube, too, but without an accompanying video.