Arthurlee1969Tributes have continued to pour in from stars and peers of Arthur Lee after his untimely death earlier this month.

Robert Plant, lifelong Love votary who played at Arthur’s fund-raising benefit show at NY’s Beacon Theatre on June 23.

“Reaching so far back to those remarkable works of dark beauty then
witnessing his wild, unsettling presence in the present, I was
convinced there could be no end to Arthur. He careened five minutes
then five light years away from gathering the shards of creativity to
compete with his unassailable past – a tough call; I believed he could
do it; I was waiting. Alas, the Vindicator moves on.”

Bobby Gillespie faxed MOJO mag from his honeymoon. The Primal Scream frontman
has championed Love from the moment his band first commanded airspace.

“Forever Changes was the LP that made us want to start a group and
seriously write songs, and I’m sure Arthur Lee’s music/words/soul will
continue to inspire future generations of psychedelic renegades. I once
sat playing guitar at The Chateau Marmont in LA as Arthur sang Signed
D.C. to me and Andrew Innes. The three of us spent the rest of the
night singing classics from Forever Changes, and other Love songs. I
feel blessed to have experienced such glory.”

The Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake began his pop life aping the style and attitude of Love’s lost leader.

“Before Teenage Fanclub, me and Raymond [McGinley] had a band called
the Boy Hairdressers. The [2005 Turner Prize nominated] artist Jim
Lambie was in the band, too, and he was a Love obsessive. We had these
photographs taken where we’re trying to mimic the back sleeve shot from
Forever Changes – Jim holding a broken jug!
“The unique thing about Love was these really unusual chord structures.
If you sit down and play them with a guitar – it’s like jazz. Then
there are those odd lyrics – with Arthur, you could never be sure where
the song would go to next. The other thing that appeals about Arthur
Lee, when you’re a kid starting a band, is that kind of arrogance and
aloofness. It really came across that Arthur didn’t give a fuck. The
way Love stared at you out of the sleeves of the first two albums –
that was a real antecedent of punk, I think. Plus the ethnic mix, the
Spanish influence, it gives it a different dynamic.
“Later, they became Creation’s favourite band, but before that, when
Bobby Gillespie had the Splash One club in Glasgow – before the Mary
Chain or the Primals – they’d play Love and the 13th Floor Elevators.
If you see the images of early Primal Scream, the huge belt buckles and
Bobby’s bangs – you can see how influenced they were. All the Glasgow
bands on Creation were indebted.
“I saw Arthur at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut a few years ago and it was one
of the greatest things I’ve ever seen. A young band and Arthur so
charismatic – just the best tambourine playing and an object lesson in
garage rock performance. It’s a shame he never really came to terms
with Forever Changes, but if you speak to a lot of these guys about
their legendary work, they have mixed feelings. It’s like Alex Chilton;
to us the Big Star period means great records, but to him it means no
money and no acclaim. Arthur, too, was a troubled man, but I saw him a
couple of times recently and he looked like he was having a great time.
I really hope that was the case.”

From Mojo

Mof Gimmers


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