Monday, 31 January 2011

73: Boston, “More Than a Feeling” (no.22, 1977)

If “The Star-Spangled Banner” is the anthem of the home of the brave, this, surely, is the unofficial theme of the land of the free: a thumping drive-time classic written, performed and produced in such a way as to ensure listeners would be drumming their fingers on steering wheels for decades to come. Recently revived by Guitar Hero and those Barclaycard ads, “More Than a Feeling” remains a de facto compendium of rock: depending on your ears, that chorus will contain traces of everything from The Kingsmen’s immortal “Louie Louie” (more on this later) to Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.

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