Tuesday, January 13, 2009

It was right after I lost my hand.

240. The Barbarians - "Moulty" (Joy, 1966)

Oh, you thought Rick Allen was the only one armed drummer? No sir!
Victor "Moulty" Moulton, of Barbarians pioneered the way for Def Leppard's Allen to continue making music, and later the greatest Behind the Music episode of all time. Most remembered for their hit "Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl?" Moulty and the Barbarians were a garage band that came out of Cape Cod in the early 60s. Their song "Moulty," is about Moulton's life and how he overcame the loss of his hand in an explosion when he was 14. I grew up listening to this song, and although relatively forgotten, it has a very catchy chorus with spoken dialogue in between where Moulty tells us his story. Plus, anyone from the Eastern seaboard will smile at Victor's fine Bostonian accent when "on" because "ahn," "for" becomes "fah" and "all" turns into "awl." It's really a song about staying true to yourself, perseverance, and PLAYING THE DRUMS WITH A FUCKING CLAW. In other words, it's freakin' killah, and comes in at number 240.

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