Secret Treasures of Rock History

We just said goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019. Through this article, we would like to say Happy New Year one more time. In the year that just passed a lot happened. We lost some iconic voices like Aretha Franklin and remembered others, like Freddie Mercury.

As 2018 progressed, Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries passed away, as did Lynyrd Skynyrd’s guitarist Ed King, Jefferson Airplane’s Marty Balin, the legendary Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, Fleetwood Mac’s Danny Kirwan, and a pair of blues guitar greats Otis Rush and Matt “Guitar” Murphy.

Queen 

Juxtaposed with these losses, Queen and Freddie Mercury have become popular again all over the world as a result of the biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Since the movie’s release, Queen has achieved a new record: their song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is now the 20th century’s most-streamed track.  That is according to the Universal Music Group, which claims that with the song’s 1.6 billion streams, it’s overtaken rivals like Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ Gun’s N’Roses’ ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’ and ‘November Rain’, and A-Ha’s ‘Take on Me.’

Like Queen, a lot of great bands released awesome songs during the golden age of rock music, between the 60’s and the 90’s, like Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb, The Beatles – Something or Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven.

But what about other great songs that never became famous? In this article, we are going to list some great, unknown rock songs of history.

Pink Floyd – Julia Dream

Pink Floyd

“Julia Dream” is the B-side of the Pink Floyd single “It Would Be So Nice.”The song was the first to be recorded by the band with lead vocals by David Gilmour.

Pink Floyd – Remember A Day

“Remember a Day” is a song by the British psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd, written and sung by their keyboardist Rick Wright, appearing on their second album, A Saucerful of Secrets (1968).

Queen – The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke

The Queen song “The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke” from the album Queen II, was born of Freddie Mercury’s appreciation of the work; it makes direct reference to the painting’s characters as detailed in Dadd’s poem.

George Harrison – Here Comes The Moon

George Harrison

“Here Comes the Moon” is a song by English musician George Harrison from his 1979 album George Harrison. Harrison wrote the song while on holiday on the Hawaiian island of Maui in February 1978. His inspiration for the composition was the appearance of the moon in the evening sky, just as the sun was setting. Although the lyrics focus on this natural occurrence rather than on the symbolism it suggests, in the manner of Harrison’s Beatles track “Here Comes the Sun,” the song is seen as a sequel to that similarly titled piece.

David Gilmour – Smile

“Smile” is a single by guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour, released on June 13, 2006. The song was on the UK charts for 1 week and peaked at number 72.

White Lion – When the Children Cry

“When the Children Cry” is a song performed by the rock band White Lion. It is the third single and 10th and final track on their 1987 album Pride. The power ballad peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 7 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and number 88 in the UK in early 1989.

Art Garfunkel – Bright Eyes

Bright Eyes” is a song written by Mike Batt and performed by Art Garfunkel. It was used in the soundtrack of the 1978 British animated adventure drama film Watership Down and the later television series of the same name explicitly as its theme song. The track appears on British and European versions of Garfunkel’s 1979 Fate for Breakfast and on the US versions of his 1981 album Scissors Cut. It was the biggest-selling single of 1979 in the UK, remaining at number one for six weeks and selling over a million copies there.

Simon and Garfunkel – My Little Town

“My Little Town” is a 1975 song by the American duo Simon & Garfunkel. It was written by Paul Simon, who produced the track along with Art Garfunkel and Phil Ramone. Although the song would not appear on any of the duo’s albums until subsequent compilation albums, it was included on both the solo releases for Simon (Still Crazy After All These Years) and Garfunkel (Breakaway) in 1975.

Syd Barret – Baby Lemonade

Syd Barret

“Baby Lemonade” is the opening track to Syd Barrett’s second studio album, Barrett. “Baby Lemonade” and another song, “Gigolo Aunt,were recorded by Barrett playing and singing over a prerecorded backing track.

Echo & the Bunnymen – The Killing Moon

“The Killing Moon” is a song by the band Echo & the Bunnymen. It was released on January 20, 1984 as the lead single from their 1984 album, Ocean Rain.

The Cowsills – The Rain, the Park & Other Things

“The Rain, the Park & Other Things” is a psychedelic pop song with music and lyrics co-written by Artie Kornfeld and Steve Duboff. It was recorded by the pop band The Cowsills.

Simon And Garfunkel – The 59th Street Bridge Song

The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” is a song by folk music duo Simon & Garfunkel, appearing on their 1966 album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. “The 59th Street Bridge” is the colloquial name of the Queensboro Bridge in New York City. The song’s message is immediately delivered in its opening verse: “Slow down, you move too fast.”

Don Mclean – Vincent

Vincent” is a song by Don McLean written as a tribute to Vincent van Gogh. It is also known by its opening line, “Starry, Starry Night“, a reference to Van Gogh’s 1889 painting The Starry Night. The song also describes other paintings by the artist.

Q Lazzarus – Goodbye Horses

Goodbye Horses” is a 1988 song sung by Q Lazzarus. It was written and produced by William Garvey. There are three versions of the song, with lengths of 3:12, 4:20, and the extended version at 6:28.

Q Lazzarus

According to its writer, “the song is about transcendence over those who see the world as only earthly and finite. The horses represent the five senses discussed in the Bhagavad Gita and the ability to lift one’s perception above these physical limitations and to see beyond this limited earthly perspective.

The Cranberries – I Just Shot John Lennon

I Just Shot John Lennon” is a song from The Cranberries’ album To the Faithful Departed. It is a narrative of the events of the night of December 8, 1980, the night that musician John Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman in front of The Dakota in New York City.

Led Zeppelin – Gallows Pole

English band Led Zeppelin recorded the song for their album Led Zeppelin III in 1970. The album is a shift in style for the band towards acoustic material, influenced by a holiday Jimmy Page and Robert Plant took to the Bron-Yr-Aur cottage in the Welsh countryside

Bonus: Queen – The March of The Black Queen

In a 1974 interview with Melody Maker, Mercury, who had been working on the song even before Queen formed, said “…that song took me ages to complete. I wanted to give it everything, to be self-indulgent or whatever.” The multifaceted composition, the band’s second-longest (6:34), is one of two Queen songs (the other being “Bohemian Rhapsody”) containing polyrhythm/polymeter (two different time signatures simultaneously 8/8 and 12/8) and a simpler polyrhythm around the end up-tempo section, which is very rare for popular music. The lead vocals cover two and a half octaves (G2 – C5).

Author: Ahmet Bhattacharji Avsar

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