Dirty Ditties — Jethro Tull Edition

Not too many people remember that the most excellent Renaissance Faire rock band Jethro Tull had a short-lived but magnificent comeback in the late eighties-early nineties. Corporate rock stations are very cowardly but that’s a tale for another post.

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This gem showed up on Jethro Tull’s 1989 Rock Island album.

It’s really classic Tull with the rock flute riff and hard-edged guitar riffs meant to be listened to with the volume turned up to 10 or with headphones (get out of here with that earbud nonsense).

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But the real fun part is the silly and not-too-subtle double-entendre. In my opinion, no one does the understated naughtiness better than the Brits. And if you, for some reason, don’t pick up the message, you need to watch this rare video. It will prove that you can both rock out and laugh out loud simultaneously.

P.S. The inspiration for this post came from listening to the most excellent Internet rock station DCRock, which plays “forgotten classics.” Check it out. If you’re an old rocker like me, you’ll get chills hearing songs you haven’t heard since they came through your car radio back in the day.

2 comments on “Dirty Ditties — Jethro Tull Edition

  1. Jeff says:

    Thanks for the article. I had forgotten about JT completely. They were always a fun group. I used to see a cover band in Columbus, Ohio at the Alrosa Villa. They always played a lot of Genesis and Tull. Great memories.

    1. Cranky Gordon says:

      Thank you Jeff! Two great bands. I imagine even as cover bands, the live experience was great.

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