Today's Friday Flashback is brought to you by the January - February blues. Is it me or is everyone "done" and "depressed"?
The Moody Blues created themselves in 1964. I won't bore you with names and dates and record titles and chart toppers. They didn't initially call themselves The Moody Blues. First, they started with El Riot and the Rebels (that sure describes their sound doesn't it - Rebellious Flamenco?), then the Krew Cats (so lame). They finally decided upon The Moody Blues after the M&B Brewing company that was currently sponsoring them.
The Moodies have released 17 studio albums between 1967 and 2003. Interestingly enough (for all you Classically Trained Symphony Buffs) one of those albums was a rock 'n roll version of Dvorak's New World Symphony which somehow morphed into their Days of Future's Past album.
The early Moody Blues sound is instrumental psychadelia illuminated with harmonizing vocals. It's kind of a Beach Boys meets Iron Butterfly (not to be confused with Iron Maiden but I'm sure the Maiden's were influenced somehow by the Butterflies). These Illum-Instrumed-Harmonies can be found in: Nights In White Satin (OOOoooh how I love you!) and Tuesday Afternoon (hey my mom loves that store!) and Question (I was lookin' for some one to change my life too! How 'bout Jesus?) and Ride My Seesaw. I could do this all day. (Link to Moody tunes that is, not Ride My Seesaw 'cause I don't have a seesaw but if I did it would be covered in eight feet of snow.)
Later The Moody Blues developed a cheesy pop sound that was welcome mostly in rest homes (a step beneath elevators). I'll bet you remember Your Wildest Dreams from the Other Side Of Life album released in 1983. Then again that was a cheesy time for pop so let's cut 'em some slack, shall we?
The Moody Blues have since redeemed themselves with an awesomely different Christmas album titled "December" (released 2003, Don't Need a Reindeer, A Winter's Tale, The Spirit of Christmas). I suggest you download this one now... it'll be the best $9.99 you've spent in a while. But then again, Christmas won't be here for a lotta months. Maybe that $9.99 would be better spent on anti-depressants or a trip to a tanning salon.