Wednesday, August 28, 2013

"The Rambler" by Molly Hatchet

Song#:  0516
Date:  03/07/1981
Debut:  92
Peak:  91
Weeks:  3
Genre:  Southern Rock, Hard Rock

Pop Bits:  After the success of their album and song "Flirtin' with Disaster," Molly Hatchet leaned more toward hard rock on their next release "Beatin' the Odds." Initially, the title track was issued as the first single, but it failed to get on the chart. This second single just eked out a minor few weeks on the chart, but the group still had a lot of support and the album went platinum. This album features their new lead singer Jimmy Farrar who replaced original singer Danny Joe Brown after he left due to health and other reasons.

ReduxReview:  For Southern rock, this ain't too bad as it flirts a bit with a more mainstream rock sound. It's okay but not very memorable for a single. If you put this in a line-up with a few other similar rock songs, I'd be hard pressed to identify it or the group.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  In addition to their music, the band was also known for their striking album cover artwork. Most covers displayed a fantasy warrior theme that seemed to reflect the hard rockin' nature of the band. Their first three album covers featured the works of artist Frank Frazetta, known for his fantasy and science fiction art used in comic books, book covers, theatrical posters, and in animated films. Apparently due to a price hike by Frazetta, the band declined to use more of his art and instead used the works of other artists to carry on the theme.


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