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Music Single: George Thorogood – Gear Jammer

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Why do I like George Thorogood?  Because of songs like ‘Gear Jammer’. I saw George when he first came on the scene (George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers) and from the moment he hit the stage it was an attack like he does in this song. Relentless! It might not be pretty to some ears but to CB’s it’s beautiful. He’s drawing inspiration from some place guttural and from music he’s heard.

He doesn’t caress his guitar like some but he plays the hell out of it like he knows how to. Nothing subtle but man do I love his work on this. About 3 minutes in he goes into slide heaven. CB loves songs about trains, girls, cars and trucks. He gets a real good dose of what he likes on this one. George probably won’t end up in the “Songwriters Hall Of Fame” and that’s OK with me. This is just straight and to the point. You don’t have to try and figure out what he’s singing about. He’s a ‘Gear Jammer’. Go George go!!

He keeps playing like that “He’ll end up in the slammer”.

28 comments on “Music Single: George Thorogood – Gear Jammer

  1. hotfox63
    December 29, 2019

    How many truckdrivers scenes have used this track?

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  2. deKE
    December 29, 2019

    Great song from my favorite George album Maverick! Long Gone is another one from that album that is wicked.
    Brilliant stuff CB!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 29, 2019

      I love and have all those George albums. I remember being at a small club to catch a show and the warm up band (from Calgary is all I can remember) cut loose with ‘Gear Jammer’ and tore it up real good. I was up jumping around like a … well you fill in the blank deKE.
      I had to throw ‘Long Gone’ on just because you brought it up. I started to tear the living room apart. My Gal walks in and says “CB are you listening to that George guy again”” I just grabbed her and started shaking a leg with her to. She loved it.

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      • deKE
        December 30, 2019

        Awesome! You’ll look for he
        He you won’t see

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 30, 2019

        You might be getting to deep for me deKE . But that doesnt take much.

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  3. Yeah, Another Blogger
    December 29, 2019

    Happy New Year, CB.

    I saw GT and his band circa 1978 at the Bijou Cafe in Philly. They were great. I just took a look at his website. He’s still going strong.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 29, 2019

      We must of seen him around the same time. First time i saw him there was a Rod Stewart concert the same night. George asked the crowd if they would like to go down and catch a set. I dont have to tell you the response. I would think he would still be really good. Take care fella.

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  4. christiansmusicmusings
    December 29, 2019

    Oh, man, that’s one hell of a blues rocker! Yes, Thorogood may not have a pretty voice, but I dig this raw power, push the pedal to the metal groove. I also dig a good slide guitar, and there’d obviously plenty of that as well.

    Thorogood must be a killer live act. Apparently, he’s currently on an extended tour that in addition to the U.S. includes dates in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. None of the currently listed U.S. dates are anywhere close to me. I think he may have come to my neck of the woods earlier this year.

    At age 69, he’s still an adolescent compared to say, Jeff Beck or Buddy Guy, so hopefully, there will be more opportunities to see him!

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  5. J.
    December 30, 2019

    Nice one, CB. I’m still just hearing bits and pieces, but this is another good Thorogood tune to these ears.

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  6. Jim S.
    December 30, 2019

    Loves me some Thorogood although I haven’t seen or been into him for quite a while. I may have told this story before but back in the day when I was going to college (at night), George was coming to the (now defunct) Harvard Square Theater. (Where Jon Landau a couple years earlier pronounced Springsteen the “future of rock and roll.”)

    He was playing on a night when I had an exam and so I had to make up some bullshit story for the professor about why I couldn’t take the exam that night. He wasn’t happy but you know, fuck him, it’s rock and roll. So we went to that and boogied our asses off. On the way out, some guy said, ‘Hey there’s tickets for the next show.” (Probably 15 bucks or so.) We bought those too, went back in and boogied our asses off again. I couldn’t do that today without an oxygen tent, a bowl of Wheaties and a nurse.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 30, 2019

      Great story Doc. George is best experienced live for sure. He was definitely born to play small clubs. I was relating to someone else about seeing him one time when Rod Stewart was playing the same night in a different venue, It was when Rod started getting away from the music i like. George gave him a shot and of coarse the audience ate it up. They werent “Do You Think I’m Sexy’ kind of music people.

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      • Jim S.
        December 30, 2019

        George was popular back when punk was getting big and I was way more into him, partially because his was the sound I dug, partially as a resistance against punk. (Which I wasn’t much into.) But I mistakenly swept the Clash into the group and missed their best stuff at first.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 30, 2019

        There was a lot of good back to the “Roots” type music at that time. That’s where I found George, Parker, Edmunds, Costello, The Blasters, Thunderbirds and a bunch more. The “Punk”label was another one of those things that alienated folks. The Clash were just a real raw rock n roll band to me. I really dug the Jam, The Stranglers and a bunch more of those 70s groups. The big push back for me was the disco thing. My ear gravitated to anything resembling rock. George was about as far away from the disco thing as you could get. And that was fine with me. CB was shaking his booty elsewhere.

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      • Jim S.
        December 31, 2019

        You would have dug my disco moves.

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  7. 1537
    January 3, 2020

    Genius simplicity – I love this so much. And I’ll state for the record ‘Duel’ is in my top 10 films ever!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      January 4, 2020

      A Neil Young Crazy Horse, Fu Manchu, George 2 hour jam on this baby. Maybe throw in Johnny Winter for the hell of it. I’d buy that record.
      Duel? The meanest vehicle in the history of movies. Time for a rewatch and time for Steven to get back to his roots.

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  8. BuriedOnMars
    January 6, 2020

    I love Thorogood’s raw energy. It is no BS blooze-rock.

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