I like Chickenfoot, but…
I tried not to compare Chickenfoot to Led Zeppelin.
In my first post about the new supergroup of guitarist Joe Satrani, vocalist Sammy Hagar (Van Halen), bassist Michael Anthony (Van Halen), and drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) I discussed Hagar’s stupid quote:
Chickenfoot could rival Led Zeppelin.
It was a dumb thing to say, and a bad measure of success for nearly any band. I know this. I tried to listen to this without drawing the comparison. I failed.
Think of it this way. I was out with some friends for dinner yesterday and there were a bunch of children playing “duck, duck, goose” next to us in this fairly pricey Princeton restaurant. I didn’t notice the kids (even though they were insanely loud). Then one of my friends pointed out the children and their derelict parents… in an instant they invade and monopolize my attention, despite my best efforts to ignore them.
That’s my roundabout way of saying, if Hagar had never drawn the comparison, I never would have thought to make it.
With that in mind, here are my thoughts on Chickenfoot’s debut album:
- I like the album
- I love Joe Satriani’s guitar playing
- Anthony & Smith lay down a great rhythmic foundation for Satch to build upon
- The lyrics are way too corny, but Hagar sings them well
- They are good, but are no where near Zeppelin
The instrumentals are modern and fun, but the lyrics all sound like they could have been ripped straight from some really cheesey 80s songs… which I guess is understandable given Hagar’s background. Here are some examples:
My Kind of Girl
Fell asleep with the TV on again
Checkout the weather…
…We’re runnin’ out
We’re runnin’out of time
We’re runnin’ out of gas
We’re runnin’ out of love
We’re runnin’ out
We’re runnin’ out
We’re runnin’ out…
I find Mr. “I Can’t Drive 55” singing “We’re runnin’ out of gas” pretty laughable.
Then there is my favorite from Soap On a Rope
…I’ve got a woman
She’s fine too
Lets me do anything that I want to…
Umm… congratulations I guess…
All told, it’s a good rock & roll album. You probably won’t find deeper meaning in your life through it (and if you do, I might recommend therapy), but it is a fun, different, and energetic album. Most of the songs on here are worth a listen, so I say splurge and help the music industry by picking this one up on iTunes (so you get the extra song Bitten By the Wolf).
Chickenfoot certainly isn’t Led Zeppelin. There aren’t any tracks on here that are so perfect that you will remember the exact place you were when you first heard it… I just don’ think that Chickenfoot is that kind of band, and that’s fine; most aren’t.
In case you are wondering, the first time I heard Stairway to Heaven was in the car with my Father. We were driving along Rt. 9W past Rockland Lake (I thought that the person singing it was a woman. Sadly, I didn’t realize that it was Robert Plant and not a woman until senior year of high school).
Does anybody remember [laughter?] where you were when you first heard Stairway (or any other epic song of that nature)?