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9 Reasons Why Courtney Love Is Wrong About Saxophones In Rock ‘n’ Roll

by | 7th, May 2014

courtney love SHE really is fun to have around, but Courtney Love isn’t exactly known for being right very often. While talking about Bruce Springsteen, she said she liked him, but didn’t really like his music and had a leave a show she’d been taken to.

Fair enough. Not everyone like Bruce Springsteen. And his shows go on for roughly 378 hours. And those cut-off shirts he wears need sorting out too.

However, while talking about The Boss, she said that “saxophones don’t belong in rock ‘n’ roll.”

Slag Springsteen all you want, but don’t attack saxophones! That’s an appalling slight on an instrument that, if used correctly in rock ‘n’ roll, is one of the most hair raising instruments in the pantheon of pop. It’s the acoustic equivalent of a fuzz guitar! It’s the instrument that can freestyle over your rigid rock!

With that, we’re here to give you some examples of hot sax action in rock records. We’re purposefully avoiding anything that could be lumped in with soul or reggae, because catholic musos don’t like to mix the two (as seen with people moaning about hip hop and soul acts being inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, despite the fact that ‘rock ‘n’ roll’ is surely an attitude, rather than a definitive sound)..

Let’s hear it for saxophones! It’s not all Kenny G noodling y’know?



The Sonics ‘Have Love Will Travel’

In this track, the sax appears, swaggering into view as lively as it is drunk sounding. The Sonics, one of the prototype punk bands from a time when punk wasn’t even a phrase that had been coined, are grade A rock ‘n’ roll, who counted a sax player as a permanent member in their band.




The Champs ‘Tequila’

Ace rock ‘n’ roll instro ‘Tequila’ would be nothing without the sax. Replace the sax motif with any other instrument and you’ve got an inferior record on your hands.




Lou Reed ‘Walk On The Wild Side’

Lou Reed is a man much valued by the punk scene and from his famous ‘Transformer’ LP, stand-out single ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ has some lovely sax work, which gives the song a certain late-night amphetamine edge.




Little Richard ‘Long Tall Sally’


The true king of rock ‘n’ roll (think it’s Elvis? Gimmebreak !) Little Richard wasn’t afraid of someone parping wildly all over his red-hot records.

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