Saturday, 28 May 2016

The Devil's Music

Beat The Devil's Tattoo by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

I'm really not sure why BRMC never took over the world. When their first record came out in 2001 it seemed like they had the hooks and the grit to go the long haul. Mind, the press was in a frenzy over the White Stripes and the Strokes; everyone else was playing catch-up. Those hooks always had a bluesy feel to them, something ominous and devilish. That sound has persisted and, for me, BRMC sound as good as ever. The title track from their sixth album brings to mind dirt tracks, crossroads and Satan himself getting into the groove.


We bid a fond adieu to the Devil for the time being. I may resurrect this series at some undetermined time in the future if he lets me. Mind, there's a somewhat devilish new series starting next week. Things ain't getting any lighter for you mere mortals...


  1. BMRC could never compete with those sun-phobic, meal skipping skinny jeans press darlings when it came to column inches in the music papers. They looked too aggressive, where The Strokes and White Stripes looked like they'd walk on the other side of the street when they saw BMRC walking down in their direction. But man, BMRC could rock. To this day I can't understand the attraction to The Strokes and White Stripes were just too pretentious at trying to be unpretentious for me to take them seriously.

  2. Enjoyed this series Robster - particularly the reggae numbers

  3. Wise words by Echorich and I am gonna miss this little series

  4. As the fellas said, well done. So long, Satan.