Can it be the reason why Uriah Heep never were taken seriously....

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by antonkk, Feb 8, 2015.

  1. antonkk

    antonkk Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    ...is that David Byron (God rest his Soul) simply looked stupid on stage? I mean Plant looked handsome and sexy, Gillan looked wild, Ozzy looked cool and crazy but poor Byron, fantastic voice and all just looked...stupid. Am I mistaken here?

     
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  2. Well, I would argue that Ozzy never came off as particularly "cool", but...nah, it was the '70s, there were lots of doofy looking frontmen with similar presentations out there. I think it has more to do with there being fewer takers for their lumpen prog-boogie than there were for the other bands you mention.

    Nevertheless, they did pretty well for themselves relative to most bands, did they not?
     
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  3. Cheepnik

    Cheepnik "Digs" "beat" "poetry"

    The reason they were never taken seriously is because they sucked pouch. I was there, trust me.
     
  4. old time fan

    old time fan Active Member

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    Never taken seriously where? In Soviet Union?
     
  5. antonkk

    antonkk Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Well, on the contrary here they were and still are huge. I mean in US/UK where they were never among the top league and now are mostly forgotten.
     
  6. Steel Horse

    Steel Horse Forum Resident

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    They were very popular in Sweden in the early 70's. But today they are sadly forgotten together with many great bands.
     
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  7. old time fan

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    Now you are contradicting yourself. What do you know about their popularity in US/UK IN THE 70's? Were you even born?
     
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  8. motionoftheocean

    motionoftheocean Forum Resident

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    no idea what that means
     
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  9. antonkk

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    I was born in 73 but I'm fully aware of rock history and I know that while they were big in UK circa 1972 they never became HUGE and were never among the monsters like Zeppelin or Sabbath.
     
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  10. antonkk

    antonkk Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Did anyone watch the video in my OP? Am the only one who thinks that Byron kinda looked silly on stage???
     
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  11. The Beave

    The Beave My Wife Is My Life!

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    Pouch or Pooch?
    Either way, I'm in with you on this one.
    C grade band, but had a couple of killer songs.
    Just like Brownsville Station. I love the dickens out of them but in the end
    their still C grade as far as bands go in classic rock.
    But hey, UH at least got a whole career out of a couple of classic songs, '
    i'm still working 5-3!
    the beave
     
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  12. The Beave

    The Beave My Wife Is My Life!

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    I'll give them this


    this ROCKS HARRRRRRRD!
    the beave
     
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  13. motionoftheocean

    motionoftheocean Forum Resident

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    Uriah Heep, as great as they were, just weren't a commercial band.

    and Byron looks like Geezer Butler doing a Robert Plant impersonation.
     
  14. old time fan

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    HEH. Say no more.
     
  15. fsutall

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    Agreed. In 2015 this footage of Byron looks ridiculous but at the time it wasn't really unusual.

    Simply put, the main reason Heep was not taken seriously is that they weren't as good as Purple, Zep and Sabbath. I've heard all of their albums, and they released a few classics but a LOT of crap in the '70s. Their most recent material is much better IMO.
     
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  16. keifspoon

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    I'm going out on a limb, but that sure doesn't sound like a compliment! :laugh:
     
  17. antonkk

    antonkk Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    What does it have to do with my question? When I was 14 I was a huge Heep fan. For example I loved the Return to Fantasy title track. I've never, ever seen the promo video for it until today and now I really want to unsee it. I doubt that I will ever be able to listen to this tune without seeing this Byron's ridiculous performance. I mean he puts Spinal Tap dudes to shame!
     
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  18. Telegam Sam

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  19. howlinrock

    howlinrock Forum Resident In Memoriam

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    There were so many, many other bands and I'll use the term better for what that's worth. Sorry I never gave these guys a chance .....

    There recordings and seeing them live left me COLD and they were always on BGP bills with other bands I saw them play the Fillmore's and at Winterland . I will say they had a few fans in the SF bay area.
     
  20. rene smalldridge

    rene smalldridge Senior Member

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    They molested kangaroos???? That explains a lot.
     
  21. John B Good

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    I've never to my knowledge heard a Uriah Heep song, but from watching the video, the guy is no more doofy (that's a word?) looking than thousands of others of the era.

    I always figured UH should be fawning, obsequious toad-like folks, a la Dickens.
     
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  22. keifspoon

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    The only song you'll hear on the radio these days is "Easy Livin". And when they do, they always say, "we're going to the back wall" for this one.
     
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  23. Sid Hartha

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    Possibly.

    Reminds me of a comment I once heard after seeing the Afghan Whigs perform once:

    "I'll bet that lead guitarist never practiced in front of a mirror".
     
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  24. Name three Heep songs and get a double rail shot!
     
  25. Khaki F

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    Yes, they were over the top. And yes, they could have served as the band upon which Spinal Tap is based.

    And they're still a heck of a lot of fun to listen to anyway. Good times.
     

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