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Thursday, August 14, 2003

It’s only geezer rock but I like it

Jim Derogatis of the Sun Times recently categorized old rockers still rocking (Exploring the Universe of Geezer Rock). Yeah, most of my favorite rockers are there.

On the very short list of “geezers who still matter,” he’s got Bob Dylan among others. His list of “geezers who don’t matter but still put on a good show” gets a little longer with the likes of Ted Nugent, ZZ Top, the Rolling Stones, and more. He doesn’t let up with his list of “geezers who really should be ashamed of themselves and ought to retire immediately,” including The Dead, Aerosmith, Ozzy, Fleetwood Mac, and tons of others. Finally, he shows no mercy whatsoever with a list of “geezers who never mattered and are now less relevant and more offensive than ever.” I can’t even look at that. See the article for the full list in all categories. It’s huge.

The entertainment guy from the SJR disagrees on one count. He thinks Boston still puts on a great show. (Boston shows it still can rock). Oh, really? I didn’t go to the show last night at the state fair, but I’ll take his word for it.

It looks like Robyn started it all back in January when she said, “We started making a mental list of bands that should've hung it up a long, long time ago. Of course The Stones were the first to top that list.” Robyn, Robyn, Robyn. Girl, you hurt me where I live. No, not really. I can take it. As soon as I saw the Sun Times article, she was the first person.

Geezer rock has apparently become a standard of measurement in other areas of life. For instance, Wired Magazine refers to MIT’s Media Lab as “a geezer rock band - Lynyrd Skynyrd with pocket protectors.” (The Lab that Fell to Earth.) And Lynyrd Skynyrd didn’t even make the Sun Times list. That had to hurt.

Remarkably, missing from everyone's geezer list is Sha Na Na. I guess they're still cool.

Posted by Marie at August 14, 2003 10:02 PM


Oh, this article (and your post) is great! Thanks for sharing...I am an avid music buff, and this just made my day.

It also reminded me of the time (not too long ago) when my wife and I attended a Sigur Rós concert. They play pretty, artsy, post-rock. There was a man and woman there (mistakenly) expecting to see Ted Nugent, which was scheduled for another night unbeknownst to them. Hilarity ensued.

Posted by: Jeff at August 15, 2003 10:59 AM