GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS George Thorogood has a theory.
“In any field, especially the arts, there are always two things – genius and very
clever. There’s no in-between. You’re either a genius or very clever. I’m going
to throw out two names at you. John Lennon – genius, right? And Mick Jagger?
Very clever. See what I’m saying? I’ll give you another example. Einstein – genius.
And George Thorogood – very clever.’’ Yet what about the people who think
Thorogood is a genius in his own way? “OK, I’m a genius at being very clever,’’
he says with a hearty laugh. Thorogood loves quips almost as much as he loves
the blues, so here’s another: “Let’s put it this way. Dylan has a Rolls Royce
dealership. I have a used Chevy dealership. But I’m in the business. You got it?
That’s all I wanted from this thing. A gig, man. And I got a gig.’’ The Destroyers
fought their way to the top. They came out of Delaware in the ‘70s as a
jarringly high-energy bunch (also featuring drummer Jeff Simon and bassist
Billy Blough) whose raucous, slide guitar-stoked, blues-rock takes on tunes by
Chuck Berry, Elmore James, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley and others helped land
them a contract with Cambridge’s Rounder Records. They had moved to Boston
and cut their teeth in the city’s blues circuit before their second album for
Rounder, Move It On Over, struck big with the title track, an amped-up cover of
a Hank Williams tune. Thorogood good-naturedly downplays his accomplishments.
“In 1970 I said, ‘You ain’t no genius, George.’ You’ve got to figure out a way to
do this with barely a high school education and no voice to speak of and some
interesting chops on the guitar. But you’ve got to bullshit your way in there, man.
I say this to the world: The Beatles did what they did, the rest of us played the blues.’’
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