Cockney Rebel
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Cockney Rebel were the vehicle for melodramatic vocalist Steve Harley. They started out with Human Menagerie (1973) as a progressive-rock outfit that mixed acoustic guitars, classical violin and electric piano, and that boasted a blue-collar, working-class and rather vulgar posture. The gay anthem Sebastian and the gripping Death Trip (not to mention the singles Judy Teen and Mr Soft) displayed traces of glam-rock.

Adopting a harder sound, Psychomodo (1974) improved over that idea and delivered at least two minor classics: the ballad Make Me Smile (reminiscent of Bob Dylan's Absolutely Sweet Marie) and the singalong Tumbling Down.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Martino Savorani)

I Cockney Rebel sono stati lo strumento del vocalist melodrammatico Steve Harley. Esordirono con Human Menagerie (1973), un progressive-rock alla moda fatto di un mix di chitarre acustiche, violino e piano elettrico, suonato ostentando una tuta da working-class e un atteggiamento volgare. L'anatema gay Sebastian e la coinvolgente Death Trip (per non menzionare i singoli Judy Teen e Mr. Soft) conservavano tracce di glam-rock. Adottato un suono pió duro, Psychomodo (1974) perfeziono` la loro idea e consegno` alla storia almeno due classici minori: la ballata Make Me Smile (che ricorda Absolutely Sweet Marie di Bob Dylan) e la melodica Tumbling Down.

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