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George Thorogood and the Destroyers

  • George Thorogood and the Destroyers [Rounder, 1977] B
  • Move It on Over [Rounder, 1978] B
  • Bad to the Bone [EMI America, 1982] B-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

George Thorogood and the Destroyers [Rounder, 1977]
What is it that a blues interpreter black or white is supposed to do? Something about making the song his (or hers, Bonnie)--the way Mick Jagger always does, even on his absurd version of "I Just Wanna Make Love to You." Thorogood claims only "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer." And if the rest sounds good when it comes on the radio, that says more about the radio than it does about the rest. B

Move It on Over [Rounder, 1978]
It's impossible not to be charmed by Thorogood's enthusiasm, and instrumentally this band is as likable as, say, Hound Dog Taylor's HouseRockers. But only closet folkies could vest hope in a noncomposer whose taste in material is markedly less interesting than the Blues Brothers' and whose only virtue as a vocalist is his complete lack of embarrassment. Harmless, but inconsequential. B

Bad to the Bone [EMI America, 1982]
Thorogood has added true boogie power to his blues, so his Diddley and Hooker no longer sound like three-quarter-size juke-joint facsimiles. And in a predictable trade-off, he's added true boogie macho to his persona, so he gets his rocks off complaining about the Mann Act. B-