Friday, August 8, 2008

Cars: MGB-GT

While researching this post, I discovered an astounding thing: Richard Thompson had never made an appearance on Star Maker Machine! Fortunately, this little gem fits our theme perfectly.

Richard Thompson: MGB-GT


If anyone needs an introduction, Richard Thompson was one of the founding members of Fairport Convention, the group that can be justly credited with inventing British folk-rock. After leaving Fairport, Thompson and wife Linda recorded as a duo for many years, producing well known songs such as "Shoot Out the Lights", "Wall of Death", and many more. Their divorce made Richard Thompson a solo act, And the song I've chosen is typical of the results, although one song cannot accurately reflect his range.

To give you an idea of Richard Thompson's personality, a few years back Rolling Stone magazine asked a number of artists, including Thompson, to name the best song of the millennium. Others came back with various classic rock songs. But Thompson wanted to show them what a stupid question this was, so he came back with a madrigal from the 1600's. And that wasn't the end of the story. Thompson became inspired, and recorded a wonderful album called "One Thousand Years of Popular Music". So the moral of the story is, if you want to ask Richard Thompson a question, make sure you mean what you say.

Submitted by Darius

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