Vintage Rock


Vintage Rock is a magazine about old-time Rock ‘n’ Roll. Covering the music, artists, lifestyle and culture of the Golden Era from early 50′s to mid-60′s. The magazine also brings you bang up to date with current releases, tours and revivals of classic artists and those paying homage to our heroes.

2017 November-December

No. 32


Top 40 Classic Rockers
By Alan Clayson, pp 80-88

Article contains among others:

Ray Collins And Frank Zappa FOUNTAIN OF LOVE
   Awaiting their destinies as Mothers Of Invention, singer Ray and multi-instrumentalist Frank had access to off-peak time at a studio in Cucamonga, California. Among their creations was Fountain Of Love, a sardonic crack at the pretty-but-nothing musical travesties of courtship that boiled down to a neo-sacred portrayal of heterosexual love. A remake – with no lyrical revision – was to be selected in 1968 for the Mothers’ Cruising With Ruben & The Jets LP, an amusing exercise in collaging clichés from the canons of 50s vocal groups. It warrants inclusion here for the subtle repetitions as the fade-out approaches of the fi rst six notes from Stravinsky’s Rite Of Spring ballet.

   Today, Edgard Varèse is an accepted modern classical giant, but in a Look magazine article his art was described as ‘the worst music in the world’. After reading this, 14-year-old Frank Zappa bought a dog-eared copy of Complete Works Of Edgard Varèse, Volume 1, attracted too by “a guy that looked like a mad scientist on the cover”. As an adult rock star, Frank was to commit himself to keeping Varese’s music before the public. “It didn’t make any difference to me if I was listening to Lightnin’ Slim, or a vocal group called The Jewels or Varèse or Stravinsky,” he commented shortly before his death in 1993, “to me it was all good music.”