Song of the Day

February 19, 2012
Take It Back
Disraeli Gears (1967)

For today's song we get a little classic blues from Cream.  The title of their second album, Disraeli Gears, comes from an in-joke that the band had thought was funny.  The story is incredibly boring, but having nothing else to say about the album at the moment, I might as well tell it anyway!  Eric Clapton was talking about getting a new bicycle with drummer Ginger Baker, when one of their roadies overheard them.  He mentioned that the bike "had those Disraeli Gears on it."  What he meant was actually "derailleur gears," but had instead used the name of an old British Prime Minister.  The band thought this was absolutely hilarious.  Apparently British people didn't get funny until Monty Python began two years later.

The album is a great old classic, anyway.


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