Link Wray – Rumble (1958)


Link Wray

Last week’s close has inspired an instrumental theme this week. Entitled ‘Oddball’ until Phil Everly commented on its rabble-rousing quality, ‘Rumble’ was eventually banned from a number of radio stations for its popularity and glorification of delinquency. That’s right folks, this rock’n’roll instrumental has a sound so dirty and distorted that juveniles could not help themselves but ride motorbikes and throw punches. This was 1958 and Link Wray’s use of distortion and feedback would influence a generation of those that picked up guitars instead. Have a good week.

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