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Is there anyone in rock n pop who genuinly can be called a genius?

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In reply to an earlier post on 11 Dec 2013 15:20:45 GMT
Johnny Bee says:
That's nothing, you should hear him play piano ;-)

Posted on 11 Dec 2013 15:56:01 GMT
Zappa, unequivocally!!..Lennon/Macca..nearly, what about Roy Wood? (learn chords to Firebrigade)

Posted on 11 Dec 2013 16:03:55 GMT
Brian May. The man is literally a rocket scientist

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Dec 2013 16:18:49 GMT
Tikka says:
Much as I like Bri, he's no musical genius

I'd go for Bill Nelson, Elvis Costello, Pete Townshend, Bob Dylan and Mike Oldfield

Posted on 11 Dec 2013 16:27:25 GMT
Lez Lee says:
Yes definitely Elvis Costello. Another for the 'can't sing' list.

Posted on 11 Dec 2013 16:35:46 GMT
Nugent Dirt says:
Everyone's reeling off names but no one's said why they think their choices are geniuses. There's a shoiteload of difference between being a gifted songwriter or musician and being a genius. Still dont think anyone's come up with a genius. I mean Elvis Costello, Dylan, Bowie and Pete Townsend? None of 'em can sing, they are merely competant instrumentalists and each have penned some decent tunes but also a fair bit of rubbish. Mike Oldfield? closer than most I guess.

Posted on 11 Dec 2013 16:36:48 GMT
Wharf Rat says:
Arn't we all presuming who is really a genius.......may I put foward.....

Posted on 11 Dec 2013 17:17:06 GMT
RedAlFire says:
Genius is not a 100% concept though is it? It doesn't mean everything they produce is perfect, or indeed likeable to all. Many deemed as 'genius' are/were ridiculed, in their lifetimes and/or after their demise. I'd put forward the following as having perhaps greater overall effect on a larger plane of world music than most others...but I'm sure there are a few more and, as recognition dawns with the passing of time, I'm sure the list will probably have additions. But genius? Probably not, but close enough for me.

Paul McCartney/John Lennon (but ostensibly Macca for longevity, composition, instrumentation and adaptability to varying concepts), Paul Simon (similar to Macca IMO) and Isaac Hayes who, perhaps more than any other, gave an additional depth to black music.

I'd add such as Stevie Wonder whose concepts were quite exceptional (if somewhat difficult for many to take), John Mayall from a rock and blues perspective having the innate ability to nurture good artists into truly exceptional stars and Bob Dylan (yep, it is me...honest) for giving so many artists a platform to perform fine material.

Posted on 11 Dec 2013 17:19:08 GMT
Post Soviet says:
Angus Young. He was wunderkind and still is wunderkind.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Dec 2013 23:36:42 GMT
Johnny Bee says:
It's Christmasssssss ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2013 00:02:21 GMT
RedAlFire says:
Are you hanging up your stocking on the wall....?<|:-)€€€

Bah humbug again soon enough.....! Lol.

Posted on 12 Dec 2013 00:45:50 GMT
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Posted on 12 Dec 2013 00:47:57 GMT
RedAlFire says:
This is my Christmas spirit....ruddy strong stuff too!

Posted on 12 Dec 2013 00:54:01 GMT
wobberoo says:
Never heard of it, but following your link, it sure sounds interesting. What I read never said HOW STRONG it is. Sounds like rocket fuel, but what is it's regular strength? If there is one!

Posted on 12 Dec 2013 01:05:26 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Dec 2013 01:06:01 GMT
As much as anyone in classical music can be called a musical genius.

It's all pretty subjective anyway, and for some reason people always choose a bunch of old men! ;)

Posted on 12 Dec 2013 01:27:46 GMT
wobberoo says:
baby cyril can't half tinkle!!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2013 02:41:40 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Dec 2013 02:42:04 GMT
RedAlFire says:
Hey wobberoo, here in Portugal it is distilled to around 50% Vol. - it is not a registered drink as such so comes in at all different strengths. Think the strongest I've had is around 55%.

I used to work for a Scotch Whisky distillery - this stuff near enough matches their 'new' spirit in potency. The new whisky was around 60%+ Vol and took the enamel off your teeth!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2013 02:48:23 GMT
wobberoo says:
Certainly goes on 'a to try' list! Actually sounds palatable. Best whiskey I've had is 'Wild Turkey'. Potent, tasty, strong, and gives you something like a rush?!!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2013 08:41:58 GMT
Sparky says:
That is a great song Mr. G, rocks along and keeps your attention all the way through. I always thought he sounded a bit Welsh when he sang 'get the Fire brigade! get the Fire Brigade', and he's as good a tunesmith and musician as just about anyone mentioned so I agree!! Are the proper chords difficult though, the ones I've seen listed look to be pretty normal ones that most people could play.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2013 09:25:04 GMT
Nugent Dirt says:
you're havin a laugh there surely PS? AY is a one trick pony if ever there was.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2013 10:00:49 GMT
AY has more of a claim to the title "The Human Riff" than Keith Richards IMO.
Genius he ain't though!

Posted on 12 Dec 2013 10:26:30 GMT
it's an entirely personal thing as to whoever has elevated your world to new degrees. lots say jimi hendrix but tbh, he does nowt for me, as, say king tubby means little to others. so, yer genius of music, as a beacon of excellence or innovative groundbreaker, could be anyone who has enrichened your experiences in a meaningful way. could very well be angus young, but to another it could be frank sidebottom (respect).

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2013 10:26:34 GMT
Nugent Dirt says:
Id have thought Tony Iommi is the 'Human riff' if anyone can be called such. Anyway isnt it Malcom Young who's actually the riff merchant in AC/DC while AY adds the widdles.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2013 10:28:06 GMT
better watch he disny short out the amps, then :)

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2013 10:35:04 GMT
Nugent Dirt says:
Hey tech, King Tubby means far more to me than JH. I actually enjoy very little of JH's stuff, his songs or playing. In fact most of it grates. KT on the other hand is da man. Without he, my CD collection would be about half its current size. Frank Sidebottom of course is a genius as anyone who knows 'Christmas is really fantastic 'will attest. BTW anyone outside the north west that familiar with FS?
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