Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.

2007-03-10

More Than A Feeling: RIP, Brad Delp

Boston lead singer Brad Delp has died unexpectedly at age 55. Boston is one of those bands whose sound was ubiquitous during my teen years thanks to classic rock radio stations (they're still mainstays of the one classic rock station left in Philly, actually), and no less a rock god than Kurt Cobain saw fit to rip off the churning riff of "More Than A Feeling" for "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Still, I'm sad to say I never knew Delp's name -- or indeed the names of any member of Boston -- until today. Although I heard them everywhere, all the time, they were not the kind of band that inspired slavish fandom in me, and yet, I know every word to their big singles.

I'm sure there are legions of Boston fans who are really & truly gutted by this news (don't get me wrong, I'm saddened, but not to the degree that tears are welling up), and they are the ones we should cater to. Haul out your Boston CDs and display them with his obituary. While you're at it, why not put together a display of CDs by other critically reviled, sometimes geographically named 70s bands of Boston's ilk? Here's a list to get you started:
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Journey
  • Foreigner (okay, now I have "I Want To Know What Love Is" stuck in my head. Gah!)
  • Toto
  • Styx
  • Free
  • Yes
  • Rush (a shout-out to my friends Carlie & Patrick, who don't know each other but who are huge Rush fans, for which I mock them without a shred of pity, but they know I love them, right? And hey, if Stephen Malkmus gives Geddy Lee some love, I guess they can't be all totally unlistenable dreck, she said super-graciously)

I'm sure I'm forgetting some. Commenters, fill in the blanks!

Meanwhile, here's Boston's All Music profile.

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