Too bad Kim Fowley and Barry Keenan did not join forces under the auspices of some sort of rock ‘n’ roll enterprise.
No half-stepping for either of these jokers, they went big and went often, even when pointed directly at Ground Zero from 500 feet while going 500 mph.
These were a couple of seriously formidable Southern California cats, each with that unpredictable but vital combination of durable plus somewhat unmoored.
Together they had all the goods necessary for a long-term search-and- destroy mission in the rock ‘n’ roll biz.
Fowley’s musical and commercial instincts could have been freed up for maximum effect by Keenan’s business acumen and World-Class hustle; the combo would have armed their unit for grizzlies.
Separately, they both did some serious damage, to themselves as well as to least a few notable others (read: Frank Sinatra Jr. and Sr., the Runaways).
But I salute these two for making it into this season’s Let It Roll discourse two times each so far. This past week’s episode marked Appearance #2 this season for Keenan.
Rock on, gents! (Keenan’s still alive; Fowley’s still rockin’ somewhere, I bet.)
Ed Legge (@freebirdyeller) is a life-long musician, long-time journalist and sometime corporate dweeb who’s writing a book about originating rock ‘n’ roll’s most absurd tradition.