Rock Chain # 31: Ginger Avenger


This is something I used to do in a magazine I used to edit a couple of years ago. I took the idea from a column that used to appear on Scientific American magazine written by a British scientist called James Burke. His column was called “Connections” and consisted in relating history and science facts that were linked by a word until the cycle was finished. I just adapted it to Rock And Roll. Now, I’ll try to resurrect it here in the blog once a month.

Ginger, lead singer with The Wildhearts, was one of the artists that benefited a lot from this new trend of crowdfunding when he released 100% 555% in 2012. However, the first band to ask fans to help them record an album in 2004 was Marillion with Marbles.

Marillion was dismissed in the beginning of their career for being mere clones of another British rock band, Genesis.

Genesis began life as a straight up Prog band, but turned into a giant pop juggernaut in the eighties, mostly because of Phil Collins.

Phil Collins played two shows on the same day at Live Aid in 85.

Live Aid was opened at Wembley Stadium by Status Quo playing “Rocking All over the World”.

Status Quo also opened the last live appearances of Queen with Freddie Mercury.

Freddie Mercury wanted Queen to be extravagant, much because he was in awe of the visuals of Jimi Hendrix.

Jimi Hendrix was discovered by Chas Chandler, bassist with The Animals.

The Animals’ “We Gotta Get Out of this Place” was covered by Ann Wilson on her covers solo album, Hope and Glory.

Ann Wilson was an item with Mott The Hoople’s Ian Hunter.

Ian Hunter’s sixth solo album was produced by former Spiders from Mars guitarist Mick Ronson, together with Mick Jones from The Clash.

The Clash played at Shea Stadium in 1982 as a supporting act to The Who.

The Who at that time had Kenny Jones on drums replacing Keith Moon. Kenny had previously played with the Small Faces and the Faces.

The Faces was best known for having in its ranks Rod Stewart, freshly out of The Jeff Beck Group.

The Jeff Beck Group’s album Truth is involved in a lot of polemics because Jeff Beck claims (not without some reason) that Jimmy Page stole a lot of things from it to use it on Led Zeppelin I.

Led Zeppelin I has the proto-metal track “Communication Breakdown”, later a B-side for the “Bring Your Daughter… To The Slaughter” single, by Iron Maiden.

Iron Maiden’s management now owns a company called Phantom Music, which was Sanctuary Music Group before.

Sanctuary Music once owned Neat Records home of many NWOBHM bands like Avenger.

Avenger toured their Blood Sports album in Netherlands in 1982, with a replacement at the guitar player position. Do you know who he was? Future lead singer for The Wildhearts, Ginger.

Current playlist:


The Dark Tower III : The Wastelands – Stephen King

The Young Messiah – Anne Rice

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