Sunday, 7 March 2021

Death - Keep On Knocking

Sunday, time for a classic.

DEATH is an American rock band formed in Detroit, Michigan, United States, in 1971 by brothers Bobby (bass, vocals), David (guitar), and Dannis (drums) Hackney.

The trio started out as a funk band but switched to rock after seeing a concert by THE WHO. Seeing Alice Cooper play was also an inspiration. Music critic Peter Margasak retrospectively wrote that David "pushed the group in a hard-rock direction that presaged punk, and while this certainly didn't help them find a following in the mid-70s, today it makes them look like visionaries." They are seen by many people as one of the first punk bands in the world. The band broke up in 1977 but reformed in 2009 when the Drag City label released their '70s demos for the first time.

Today's tune "Keep On Knocking" is taken from the album "...For The Whole World To See", a studio album released in 2009 and consisting of various demos originally recorded in the mid 1970s.

In 1975 the band entered a studio to record a 12-song album. After refusing to change their group's name, DEATH was turned away by Clive Davis of Columbia Records. Only seven songs were completed and the album was never released. The surviving songs were released as ...For the Whole World to See in 2009 by Drag City.

Just prior to and right after the record's release, the songs on "...For The Whole World To See" were performed live by Rough Francis, a band formed by the three sons of Death's original bassist. With the record's critical acclaim and praise from many other musicians, the two surviving members of Death reformed the band with a new guitarist to promote the record themselves.

The Video clip is from KUTX where they are playing "Keep on Knocking" Live in studio 1A June 26th 2013, enjoy!

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