Saturday, November 26, 2011

Rain –Rock is Dead (But it Won’t Lie Down)/

Rain –Rock is Dead (But it Won’t Lie Down)/Life Passes By –Ariola 16013 AT (1975 German issue)

Rock is Dead (But It Won’t Lie Down) is a catchy commercial Pop ditty with an underlying Glam Thump. It’s a typically bright Bickerton/Waddington composition with a performance which would be as much at home on TOTPS as on the chicken in a basket circuit. Rain featured Stephanie De Sykes and Simon May, but the rest of Rain’s output on Bradley’s is somewhat more insipid, so Rock is Dead should be recognised at their defining Purepop moment.

Hear a full version of Rock is Dead (But It Won’t Lie Down)


Hannes A. Jónsson said...

Previously ('74) recorded by "that" other Bickerton/Waddington act, The Rubettes.

Anonymous said...

Another interesting Bickerton-Waddington offer is Race with the Devil recorded (in English) by Kenji Savada, former leadere of Japanese beat group The Tigers (French Polydor, '76). Well worth listening, in case You ain't heard it yet.

Robin Wills said...

Thanks for the info. I had a look through his discography and couldn't see this track listed as a single, was it just an album track?