Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Bee Gees

I always kinda hated The Bee Gees with their falsetto singing. Lately, I've been going to the library and checking out various music CDs of artists that I have ignored over the years such as Traffic, Genesis and The Bee Gees.

The Bee Gees album was a greatest hits collection called "Number Ones". I have to say that their earlier stuff from the 60s on the collection is quite good.

Listening again to their blockbuster 70s hits in hindsight is good too, unlike when they were played incessantly on the radio from 1977-79. The composing and orchestration are great.

The problem still is with the singing. Who told The Bee Gees to sing this way? I guess it gave them an identity, but it still is quite annoying 30 years on.

Finally, I will take this opportunity to let everyone know that Andy Gibb was NEVER a member of The Bee Gees. In fact, the rumor persists on non-Bee Gees project. I was watching an animation documentary by the people who did the opening credits animation for the film "Grease" and they said Andy Gibb wrote the song. Andy had nothing to do with this song, as it was Barry Gibb who wrote it (Frankie Valli sang it, incidentally).

2 comments:

Bishop said...

If you haven't yet, I would definitely recommend Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys.

When Z and I met she had a CD of this but I never took interest in it. A couple years later I heard Rainmaker on the radio (back when KFOG was good) and searched high and low for the Jethro Tull album that featured it. (Um, the flute threw me. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.)

Probably a year into my search, I gave Low Spark a listen and was quite surprised to hear the song I'd been looking for.

BTW, much thanks for the Firesign!

Mark Arnold said...

That's why I'm listening to stuff like Traffic. I've heard a lot of their stuff before (like "Rainmaker"), but had no idea it was them.

I still like KFOG. It is somewhat different but not as different as what happened to Live 105.

You can still listen to KFOG on their website.