The 'Louie Louie' of mullet rock
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[More:]"Since You've Been Gone has been floating around the hard rock universe since time immemorial or at least the early seventies. It's like 'Louie, Louie,' in that it's strength lies in a simply punchy guitar riff and an infectious chorus, and a simple 'Baby, you done me wrong' lyric. The hands it's passed through give one a mini-history of the rock scene over the past couple decades. (all files yousendit, as always)
1. Russ Ballard
This is the guy who actually wrote the thing. Ballard was a former member of Argent (led by former Zombie Rod Argent). His British Invasion roots show up in this version, which sounds kinda like a Wings song with more insistent guitars.
2. Head East
These guys were sweaty midwestern hard rock of the type pioneered by Grand Funk Railroad (or in England, Humble Pie); the big hit was "Never Been Any Reason". Their version, beefs up the guitars and adds what's either a weird synth or some kind of electric washboard behind the chorus.
Ritchie Blackmore's post-Deep Purple outfit was famous for having more personell than the 8th army. This one was cut with their second lead vocalist, Graham Bonnett, a Brit Rock stalwart and possibly the most testosterone OD'd singer of all time. his wounded bear singing and Blackmore's riffery make this probably the definitive version of the song
Bonnett was not long for Rainbow, due to a drinking problem and personality conflict with the imperious Blackmore. When he left to hook up with you guitar virtuoso Chris Impelliteri, he took the song with him. The riffs and solos are getting a mite flashier, and Bonnet's sounding even more hormone-laden.
After breaking off with Impelliteri, Bonnett hooked up with Swedish fretboard gymnast Yngwie 'Unleah The Fucking Fury' Malmsteen. The flash is starting to get over the top here, but this song sure travels well.
I've always maintained that good mullet rock and good punk rock are more alike than different, and this cover by these Japanese punkers bears me out. All they did was speed it up and blur the lyrics (whether on purpose or from linguistic confusion, I don't know) but the riff and the chorus still pack a punch.
And there we are, a journey through music history through the eyes of one song. Enjoy. Special thanks to dash_slot.