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Some interesting comments in this Raspberries topic...

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James   

I'm on page 3, and so far it's as good a thread as I've ever read. These dudes know their stuff. Good find Lew.

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Kirk   

Read it all the way through.  Some thoughtful opinions, some re-hashed words, some bashing of the band name and covers.  And, in 10 pages, nobody figured out the real meaning of the band name.  Good read, though.

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Kirk   

There was one real strong fan on there, but I didn't get any clues as to it might be.  I was reading pretty quickly, though.

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So I feel the need to respond to/rebut some of the comments.

"That sort of music was somewhat out of fashion in 1973, and let's face it, the Raspberries weren't exactly brimming over with personality or original ideas. I remember them being mostly regarded in their time as sort of silly."

Yes...out of fashion which was the point. They were trying to bring it back into fashion. As Eric has said, Raspberries were one of the first "Alternative" bands. If you wanted an alternative to all the stuff that was in fashion (Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, etc.), there was Raspberries. Not original ideas?? I have never heard another band like them. They were VERY original which is why many give them credit for the founders of Power Pop.

Were they regarded as silly? I am sure they were by some of those Tull, Zeppelin, and Floyd fans. There will always be the crowd that cares more about the image than the music. They have to like the cool bands because.....they're cool. I liked Zeppelin. I liked Uriah Heep. And when I discovered the Raspberries, I liked them too. I never cared about image or how cool or uncool it was to like them. I cared solely about the music.

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Kirk   

Craig, what you have to remember when reading stuff like this is each person there is trying to be memorable- like record reviewers- needing to criticize lest they be seen as fans and not the cool people they need to believe they are.

Besides, all these threads are locked, so it doesn't do any good to rebut them, but I'm sure it feels good!

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"I know they are the local boys and all, but compared to the above mentioned bands (Badfinger, Big Star) who I fully agree should have been bigger--deserved to be much bigger--the Raspberries ended up just about where they should have been IMO. Plus, I never cared much for Eric's singing at all, that was a major turn-off to me."

Badfinger: should have been bigger. Big Star: Not my cup of tea. Don't see the big deal. Raspberries: best of the bunch and should have been much bigger. I understand that's it a matter of opinion but what can you say to someone that doesn't like Eric's singing? or someone that thinks Jennifer Aniston is ugly? or someone that doesn't like ice cream or pizza? I can't connect with or identify with that.

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