George Thorogood
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George Thorogood is an institution of the blues-club circuit. He rode yet another blues revival, this time for the post-punk generation. & The Destroyers (Rounder, 1978) introduced the ferocious Delaware-based bluesman with an eight-minute version of John Lee Hooker's One Scotch One Bourbon One Beer and the rock and roll of Ride On Josephine. Rhythm and blues classics are ripped apart by a savage, exuberant energy that links the shouters of the 1950s with the garage-rockers of the 1960s and the punk-rockers of the 1970s. Move It On Over (Rounder, 1979) delivered more Chicago blues classics and earth-shaking boogie rave-ups for the generation that had not been born yet when those classics were cut. It contains his legendary version of Bo Diddley's Who Do You Love and the title-track (Hank Williams).

More (Rounder, 1980) was a mediocre follow-up but Bad To The Bone (EMI, 1982) established both his persona and his songwriting to a broader audience via his terrifying anthem Bad To The Bone.

Maverick (EMI, 1985), with I Drink Alone, Born To Be Bad (EMI, 1988), with Born To Be Bad , Boogie People (EMI, 1991), Haircut (EMI, 1993) and Rockin' My Life Away (EMI, 1997) continued his modest saga, true to his faith in the blues.

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