Under the Influence: Tomahawk's Duane Denison
Tomahawk's guitarist time travels back to 1972, the year glam rock broke
1. Alice Cooper – School’s Out (1972)
I grew up in a suburb of
Glam was the prevalent thing, but, in
2. West, Bruce & Laing – Why Dontcha (1972)
It’s funny – Tomahawk sometimes gets called a supergroup, which I kinda bristle at, I’ve never liked it. But when I was a kid there was a real supergroup called West, Bruce and Laing – Leslie West and Corky Laing from Mountain and Jack Bruce from Cream. They only made two studio albums and a live album, but the first studio album was called Why Dontcha – it was this amazing blue album cover. I’d say that album is totally overlooked, underrated and it really rocks. There’s this song called The Doctor where it’s just raging slide guitar.
3. T. Rex – The Slider (1972)
Then came T-Rex with The Slider – I actually stole the 8-track. Yeah, I went into the local store, bent down as if to tie my shoe and I grabbed the 8-track, stuck it in my sock and walked out of the store. I just had to have it!
4. The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St. (1972)
The Rolling Stones put out Exile on Main St. that same year. There’s so much on it – a double album with tonnes of great songs. Even the pictures on the back and in the inlay – I think a lot of bands now underestimate the power of visuals. There wasn’t MTV; there wasn’t YouTube at this point – just these photos of them, seemingly in the studio or hanging out – it just made it look like being in a band was the greatest thing in the world. They’re always drinkin’, smokin’, there’s always girls around, they’re up late with all these cool guitars and amps laying around. I was like ‘man, that’s where it’s at!’
5. Roxy Music – Roxy Music (1972)
In December that year I went to my first full-on rock concert. My friend’s dad drove us to downtown