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HOBL songs and beginning of an end?


I have listening to HOBL and there are lyrics can easily be read as references to emerging problems between Gillan and Blackmore in particular.

Some parts of Bad Attitude, Mad Dog and of course Spanish Archer in general.

Whilst these are 'merely' song lyrics, I think Gillan (and Glover) realised a break-up was looming behind the horizon.

The album is very good though.
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I assumed Bad Attitude was, I'll have to re-read the MD & SA lyrics, though to be honest I pay closer attention to RB's playing in that than I do the lyrics lol

Definitely not the first time Ian wrote about Ritchie while he was still in the band though as Smooth Dancer will attest to lol
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It's not only in the lyrics, but I always see HoBL as a final duel between Gillan and Blackmore. The mix is really a furious dialogue between the vocals and the guitar. Glover arbitrates and Paice blows on the ashes. Lord is at the bar...

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To me HOBL is the weakest Mk II album ever. The freshness of Perfect Strangers had completely gone. And the saddening atmosphere of the songs is emphasized by the lyrics. Bad Attitude has the line "Things have got to change", and Gillan was right.
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I just can't listen to Perfect Strangers anymore. Although the songs are good, the production sounds awfully cold. Shame Roger never delivered a good remix of it...

Now, Perfect Strangers is a Deep Purple album. THoBL is a Gillan / Blackmore album (to me).

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