“We are the people who pervert your children.”
—from The Deviants’ manifesto
Here’s The Deviants with “I’m Coming Home,” from their debut album Ptooff! These guys sound like The Stooges trying to play R&B after one too many hits of acid. We’re talking about the roots of Progressive Rock here, with a lot of influence from Frank Zappa and a genuine passion for musical experimentation. This song, for example, started as a cover of Van Morrison’s “Gloria,” and just listen to what twisted and wonderful things they’ve done to it.
On That Note: “Gloria” is one of those songs that has taken on a life of its own, independent of the artist who wrote it. So many great bands have picked that song up to toss around and play with. I’ve heard versions by Patti Smith, The Doors, Iggy Pop, Johnny Thunders, and even John Lee Hooker. Which reminds me: Sometime in the next week or so, I’d like to work up a marathon of my favorite covers of “Louie Louie.” So stay tuned, folks.