Monday, August 08, 2005

Jane (and NotJack) says

For the past 40 years or so, if you wanted to be a rock star, L.A. was the place. As long as INXS- Rockstarfucker doesn't screw it up, that will remain. Here's a list of the top 10 L.A. front men.

10. Eazy-E
Compton's N.W.A. deserves a spot. So who do you give it to? You really only have three choices: Dre, Cube or Eazy-E. In the early days, they pushed Eazy to the front. I'd say their instincts were right.

9. Bob Forrest
Circa 1992, Thelonious Monster played to sold-out shows all over Southern California. And it wouldn't be out of place to have Rage Against The Machine opening up and awe-struck fans Perry Farrell and Flea looking on from the front row. Thelonious' frontman Bob Forrest was that good. Forrest is now sober and living on the Eastside.

8. Angelo Moore
On Gwen Stefani's 'give credit' list for her current pop success, Fishbone's Angelo Moore would place right above Stefani's midriff. Moore can still be heard around town ska'ing and playing his sax. (Moore is from the Valley ... close enough for this list, not close enough to drive for dinner.)

7. Zack de la Rocha
By the time Rage Against The Machine released their first self-titled album, they were already selling out large venues in L.A. Guitarist Tom Morello gets credit as the mind. Without Zack's words and delivery, you'd be left with Audioslave. Think about it.

6. Beck
Personally, my favorite Beck album is the melancholy Sea Change. That said, if I've got tickets I want to see him perform Midnight Vultures from the top.

5. Anthony Kiedis
The guy rocked the stage in a single sock. Enough said.

4. David Lee Roth
Diamond David Lee Roth. Mr. Ease-the-seat-back. The one-time Renaissance man of rock-and-roll. Sammy might be nicer - but who the fuck cares.

3. Axl Rose
If Axl performed in any city tonight, the place would sell out.

2. Jim Morrison
Ever seen footage of Morrison performing "The End?" If 'yes,' you have no questions about this ranking. If 'no', go watch it and then refer to "If 'yes' ... "

1. Perry Farrell
"If I had my way, I would have sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll at least 4-6 hours a day. So long as there are going to be things in the way of that, we're going to have a revolution."


(Nearby) Honorable Mentions

Mike Ness (Fullerton)
Sleeves of tattoos. Low-slung guitar. Singing Social D songs. Easily, he makes this list.

Snoop Dogg (Long Beach)
The D-O-Double-G from the L-B-C. Snoop Dogggggggggg.


At 9:30 PM, Blogger princessmalin said...

nice. would perry farrell consider running for office?

At 12:00 AM, Blogger Luke said...

Perry ahead of Jim? Umm...
'Course, I AM a dinosaur.

At 4:38 AM, Blogger TripleJ said...

seldom_seen ... it was a tough call, no doubt. but attendance went into consideration. jim had about 10 years. Perry's still schooling.

At 11:28 AM, Blogger incognato said...

nice list there triplej! I totally agree about Beck's Midnight Vultures.

At 12:47 PM, Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

I think Jim is the ultimate rock star ever, in any town. Great list.

Some l.a. musicians i would have liked to have seen in their laurel canyon heyday:

1 - Lowell George
2 - Neil Young
3 - Frank Zappa
4 - Gram Parsons
5 - Joni Mitchell
6 - Stephen Stills' Manansas band

At 12:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

odd, i don't think i saw jackson browne on the list...i'll go back and re-read, i was skimming pretty quickly...

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Luke said...

Now THAT'S a list, Satisfied. I often wonder what mighta been had Lowell survived...oh man. And regardless of the press he does get, Neil is still WAY underrated...I mean, the guy's been doin' it for 40 years over a variety of genres and every effort rocks! Frank...well, talk about impact and simply supreme ability, not to mention a willingness to stand up for what's right. Ahh, Gram...Shakespearean in his tragedy. And God bless Joni Mitchell is all I can say.

That's a list I wish I'd made.

At 1:02 PM, Blogger TripleJ said...

Gram did cross my mind.

All favorites of mine. Don't worry I hope to include them next week.

Check back for Top L.A. Lullabiests(still confirming the spelling)

At 2:45 PM, Blogger CHW said...

Excellent post, Trip. I would only add Hank Rollins.


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