Various Artists: Fender; The Golden Age 1950-1970 (Ace/Border)

 |   |  1 min read

The Bobby Fuller Four: I Fought the Law
Various Artists: Fender; The Golden Age 1950-1970 (Ace/Border)

Any album which is dedicated to a brand of guitar -- no matter how legendary, as Fender is -- will always be uneven, depending on what kind of music you like.

So right at the end in the ad for Fender guitars when country singer Jan Howard hails the brand for being perfect for country pickers, that hardly sits with material like Dale Hawkins' Susie-Q, the Ventures' Walk Don't Run, Booker T and the MGs' Green Onions, Dick Dale's Miserlou or the classic garageband song Louie Louie by the Kingsmen.

On all these terrific songs the Fender is bent to the purposes of something tougher than gentle country pickin' -- as it is on the Yardbirds' I Ain't Got You (Mr Clapton in the house), Otis Rush's All Your Love, Otis Redding's Rock Me Baby (Steve Cropper on Telecaster), the Velvet Underground's Beginning to the Light and Donovan's Barabajagal (with Jeff Beck).

But yes, there is some country here too: Bob Wills, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Johnny Cash (Folsom Prison Blues with Luther Perkins on Esquire) and Buck Owens. And Faron Young also sings for Fender, as does Barbara Mandrell.

So as you may see from that diverse list -- and there is Buddy Holly (Someone to Love), Ronnie Hawkins (the still astonishing Who Do You Love?), the Beach Boys (Fun Fun Fun) and others -- this is hardly an album with any unified mood. Just a Fender prominent in each track.

Still, it gives us the chance to post the Bobby Fuller Four's classic I Fought the Law (with Bobby on Strat).

Poor Bobby, some say he fought the Mob . . . and the Mob won.

Share It

Your Comments

Jeremy - Mar 30, 2012

An album that pits Stratocaster against Telecaster would be interesting - though perhaps as unresolvable as Vegemite vs (pre-quake) Marmite. I reckon over time the coolness factor might have shifted from the guitar hero Stratocaster to the retro cool Telecaster? Or maybe that just me getting old.

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Tama Waipara: Fill Up the Silence (tamawaipara)

Tama Waipara: Fill Up the Silence (tamawaipara)

In a recent interview with Elsewhere, Tama Waipara conceded some of the songs on this diverse but thoroughly consistent album were built up from rhythms, was flattered by the comparisons with Rufus... > Read more

The Strokes: Angles (Sony)

The Strokes: Angles (Sony)

When the Stokes out of New York invaded the airwaves and pop glossies a decade ago they came with an advance guard of salivating journalists and those who heard them as leading a ragged garageband... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

IN THE ABSENCE OF HEROES by ANTHONY McCARTEN

IN THE ABSENCE OF HEROES by ANTHONY McCARTEN

Recently, while sitting in airport lounge in Sydney waiting for a flight home, I glanced up from my hardcover book and surveyed the other travelers in my immediate vicinity. Everyone of them... > Read more

ELMORE JAMES: Sliding with the king

ELMORE JAMES: Sliding with the king

It has been almost half a century since Elmore James bent over to pull up his socks before going out to play in an Chicago nightclub . . . and went face down on to the floor with his third and... > Read more