17 March 2010

Burnin' Sideways For You, Maneuver


I all-capped that fact because it needs to be remembered that Buck Dharma wrote and sang one of the five best rock songs of all time, a song so perfect that we forget just how perfect it truly is. I'm talking about "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", of course, a song we've heard so many fucking times it's easy to take for granted, and yet you know as well as I do that it's one of those rare songs that will still be taken for granted 100 years from now...200 years...In other words, a timeless song.

Buck Dharma wrote that tune. He also wrote this song, "Burnin' For You", which isn't as good a song as "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", but is flawless in it's construction and the second composition of Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser's that I believe is timeless. Like "reaper", this song will be taken for granted 200 years from now, but it'll be played nonetheless.

If two timeless rock songs weren't enough, Buck Dharma also wrote "Godzilla", which might be seen as a novelty song, but also contains not only one of the most recognizable riffs in hard rock, but also a brilliant two-note lead guitar thing that sets the whole fucking thing on destruct - two notes that are as recognizable as the riff itself. Two little notes so completely entwined with that riff that they are inseparable. "Godzilla" is not a perfect song, but it just might be timeless.

One man, three timeless hard rock songs...

Indeed, BUCK DHARMA RULES, even in a gold lame' blouse.

Hotcha! Hank

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