So I was for it, but still I was against it. I liked a lot of the material, but I didn't like the idea of us doing [it]. I didn't think we were big enough or well-known enough yet to do one of those albums.
The Try It albums seems kind of split in styles. Side Two sure smokes with familiar Standells punk swagger, but the album starts off very soulful.
The Sex Pistols and stuff, the bands of that type in that era, they really had an opportunity, and they burned themselves out really fast. It was a shame, because I think a lot of them could have still been doing something. And right now, there's really no, except for Tom Petty or Huey Lewis or some kind of, the re-release of The Eagles--I mean, there's nothing really rock 'n' roll out there anymore. Because nobody plays it and there's no stations. You wanna listen to rock 'n' roll, all you hear is the same old crap all the time. I don't mean that in a derogatory way, but programmers from different stations, they've all got that format. You hear the same songs every three hours, because it's just those same songs over and over again. And I really like 'em, but I can only take so much of 'em. Right now, I like The Mavericks. There's a lot of country stuff that's almost rock 'n' roll, or rockabilly, or it's got that Little Richard feel. Clapton does a lot--Clapton's unbelievable. I don't think he can do anything wrong (laughs). But there's a lot of real hard, the old traditional country and western performers goin', "That's not country! That's just old rock 'n' roll stuff!" Well, maybe, but God--at least it's got a niche somewhere.