100% Biker 155

100% Biker 155
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Now I realise that I may be about to commit heresy, but meh, what the hell…

I know my taste in music isn’t perhaps the same as a lot of you folk out there’s, but I can’t be the only one in the world of bikerdom that is heartily sick of hearing rockabilly bands at bike shows? I can’t be… can I?

Over the past couple of years I’ve lost count of how many events I’ve been to that have had a rockabilly or rock ‘n’ roll band playing; at first, it was a pleasant distraction from the usual ‘biker blues’ that gets played (y’know, Mustang Sally, Freebird, Sweet Home Alabama, Sweet Child o’ Mine, et al). Then it started to be the only thing that you heard. Now I’ve never been a huge fan of rock ‘n’ roll in much the same way as I’m not a huge fan of rap or hip-hop or chart dance music, but I can tolerate it… for a while. But it seemed that everywhere I went there was a rock ‘n’ roll band. Everywhere. And it began to get tiresome. Really quickly.

Take last weekend as an example. I went to three events and all three of them had rock n’ roll bands on (two of them the same band). That meant something like five hours of ‘plunk plunk plunk plunk plunker-plunk plunk’. If the rhythm ever varied it might be a little less grating on the nerves, but it doesn’t; each song just goes ‘plunk plunk plunk plunk plunker-plunk plunk’. Over and over again. For what feels like (and actually was) hours. And you wonder why I’m becoming irrational?!

Now if folk want to be nostalgic for something, that’s fine. I’m sure there are lots of people who look fondly back on different periods of history, but what is this fascination with the ’50s? I know they were the decade that launched rock ‘n’ roll which, in turn, begat rock, but the world’s moved on. Evolved. Bikes and cars have got better, more reliable, styles have changed, and while it’s okay to have the occasional look back, you wouldn’t really want to recreate the era in all its forms, would you? I mean, you might like the music and the way they dressed, but they also had rationing and diphtheria – would you want them back too?

So, please, event organisers, I know it’s fashionable to put on rock ‘n’ roll bands, but try to remember that not all of your visitors are so slavishly obsessed, okay? Or perhaps they are, perhaps it’s just me? Is it?