My first band, Kid Wicked, we did half covers and half originals.
An original is a creation motivated by desire. Any reproduction of an originals motivated be necessity. It is marvelous that we are the only species that creates gratuitous forms. To create is divine, to reproduce is human.
We were playing popular music, but we were doing our own arrangements because we were too lazy to sit down and figure out the originals.
To some degree, yeah, because I have to play a certain number of originals that might be considered avant-garde material. I realize though, that only a few people in the audience actually know what that music is, or understand it.
History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.
But I can't say that I didn't like John Hammond's performances often better than the originals.
So it just goes to show you that it was always the Hells Angels first. They were the originals and all other clubs try and imitate what the Hells Angels have already done.