Sussex Rocks 2012 with Richard Perkins | Day 4

The penultimate day is always one of last minute line up changes and song promotion and demotion from the bands set lists. Today was just that day with new songs added to performance sets and other songs thrown out.

New songs today included “One Step Beyond” made famous by Madness, which was an instrumental B-side written by Jamaican ska singer Prince Buster. The song can be found on the bands 1979 debut album “One Step Beyond…” and is bound to remind any parents in the audience on gig night of their high school disco dancing days!

One Step Beyond – Madness

Another great track that was new to the bands today was the Joan Jett hit “I Love Rock N’ Roll“, which is another cover version and was originally recorded and released by the English band Arrows. The track took the #1 spot across all US singles charts in 1982.

I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Finally, a favourite track this week has been “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen. The rock n roll inspired track bounces along with a steady shuffle back beat and bright open string chords that were written by Freddie Mercury in the bathroom!

Intro Riff: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen (Brian May)

The song uses the Dsus4 to add movement into an otherwise static, and potentially dull sounding, D major chord. This embellishment compliments the shuffle rhythm and is a great memorable hook to open the tune.