Number 43 – How Thick is Your Crust?


You can build a wall
But sooner or later somebody’s gonna’ knock it down
Hope it’s the right person…

I can vividly remember 1978 when Live Bootleg came out… WOW!!! Almost as good as being there at ‘Day On The Green’ in Oakland… wait it was better, because the album actually sounded good. I think I wore that record out in a matter of months, I know I replaced a needle or two…

There was a song on that album though, that I’d never heard before, but it sounded so much like something, I could’ve of heard off of the 1st album, or at least GYW. I have to be really honest here, there’s nothing overwhelmingly awesome about it, other than that good old late 70s Rock N Roll! It has a very basic riff, and rhythm, Hard Drum Beats, and a really strong bass line, but I don’t even think the boys would say it was one of their better songwriting accomplishments. However, Joe, Steven, and Richie put something together here, as basic as it is, that gets my Air Guitar goin’!

Perfect lyrics for Steven to sing on this one, really gets to show his range. Lyrics of desire, but desire with attitude. “It’s gonna’ happen, mark my words I’m gonna’ get to you.” Classic, raw cutting, slicing two guitar power from Brad and Joe, with a fun little piano to keep it “up”. Classic Aero!!!!

The album came out about the same time as the giant music festivals were trying to make a big comeback, Cal Jam, and Us Festival, Texxas Jam, etc., so when I heard it, it took me right there… an old favorite. So easy to like from very 1st chord Joe strikes, you can tell what kind of story’s gonna’ be told. The 1st cord sets the mood of such an upbeat song, a song of inspiration… sure it may be inspiring, or an inspiration for some guy to get with a chick, but let’s remember, it was 1978. Who could ask for better inspiration than that? Similar in vain to AC/DC’s ‘Can I Sit Next To You Girl?’, but different, a little less comedic influence, and a little more drive. A little more confidence.

Often forgotten by many, except the hardcore few…
Maybe the best thing Richie Supa ever did, except step in for a few when Joe left. In my mind, his best contribution to Aeroforce, not entirely his best work, but best contribution… The song never made it to onto a studio album, other than a single on the B side of ‘S.O.S’…. (Wow! The “B” side, now that’s an old phrase) Should have been on “Get Your Wings“, but where? But at least they used the photo shoot for the song later on ‘Right In The Nuts’…

The song was the only single released from Live! Bootleg to help support it. Not sure the reason behind that, other than the band’s belief that this song alone, was enough to generate sales. Maybe… Maybe not, I loved it! The single also had a studio version of the track along with S.O.S. as I mentioned above, but all the production was behind this song… And then it just fell off the planet, at least until ‘Gems’. Funny, it actually hit #13 on Mainstream Rock Charts with the release of Gems, after only getting to 77 in 1978, and then of course there was ‘Pandora’s Box’. Never forgotten by True Blue, and they’ve been known to pull it out once in a very Blue Army Moon.

Some of you might remember Jay Leno’s Tonight Show in 2012, where Steven, and Joe, and Randy Jackson, along with the House Band played it. There’s a few really good videos out there of the song, hopefully the one I’ve picked for you below, you’ll like, it’s the studio version in scrapbook style. I don’t know the creator, Sony, Fox, Joe, Bob, Sue…? Either way, great job! Who knows, maybe I’m alone with this one, but either way, it’s sticking at #43 for me, actually jumping 22 spots from last year.

I love this song’s confidence…

“Well you stand like a marble statue
Tryin’ to look so hard
All decked out in your antique dress
While the boys all promenade…”

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