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The Suck is a virtually unknown South African hard rock band from the early '70s. They released one very rare & mind-frying album, 'Time To Suck', in 1970. This is heavy 70's rock with a real attitude, which is always remarkable in & of itself, but The Suck deserve special recognition for their rapacious rampage through a conservative South Africa in 1970. Suck enthusiasts will tell you that 'Time To Suck' is one of the loudest, most controversial, & most obnoxiously revolutionary fist-in-your-face rock albums of the early '70s.Read More...
Inept and greedy management, lack of venues and airplay, the lack of funds, the bannings from several towns, the government and police restrictions, which had such a negative impact on rock music in general in South Africa at the time and the fact that they sometimes had to survive on barely one Rand a day each, left the band members very disillusioned, and they split at the end of 1970.
Suck’s versions of Grand Funk Railroad’s ‘Aimless Lady” and “Sin’s a Good Man’s Brother” are brilliantly messy. King Crimson would have been proud of Suck’s version of “21st Century Schizoid Man”, as would Donovan of his “Season of the Witch”. Colosseum’s “Elegy” is given an interesting angle and Deep Purple’s timeless “Into the Fire” is arguably the best track on the album. The band’s tentative steps into the world of blues/rock is pleasantly evident with their great version of Free’s “I’ll be Creeping”. As for their version of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs”… You had to see them live to capture the sheer power of their version of one of hard rock’s all-time classics!
The CD reissue, taken from the original master tapes, is all howling guitars.
-Louis Joseph Forer "Moose" (Bass)
-Stephen Gilroy "Gil" (Guitar)
-Saverio Grande "Savvy" (Drums)
-Andrew Ionnides "(Flute and Vocals)
Top SongsTotal plays on Last.fm over the last 6 months
- Aimless Lady - 7,719 plays
- Season Of The Witch - 8,213 plays
- 21st Century Schizoid Man - 7,333 plays
- Elegy - 6,203 plays
- Sin's A Good Man's Brother - 6,086 plays
- The Whip - 6,022 plays
- I'll Be Creeping - 5,742 plays
- Into The Fire - 5,418 plays
- War Pigs (Bonus) - 4,268 plays
- Freak - 2,275 plays