Too few times is there a moment any more when you can just rock in the Covid world. Welcome to 1976 when rock was still played by manly men chugging whisky and beer and smoking cigarettes and objectifying everything whether it was cars, rocks or whatever rolled past their eyesight as they gently curled there chest hairs.
I am not sure if Nazareth ever made the big time, yes Love Hurts was a hit and the Nazgul covered Hair of the Dog managed to convince the metal loving Tolkien fan to buy it for the cover alone. Play’n’ the Game However does not have the luxury of a sweet fantasy styled album cover. It has the four members of the band gathered around a table smoking and drinking Heineken, which in 1976 was the fancy lager.
Now this is a bluesy funky heavy album of strutting and rolling slinky drinking and womanizing songs. It’s one that just rolls along in a befuddled manner, some rockers some funkers and some ballads, all of which have the amazing vocals of Dan McCafferty. It’s the blues as filtered through the Stones and Otis Redding via a healthy dose of Deep Purple.
There are no secrets here, just the truth that in life sometimes you will act reckless, fall in love and have your heart broken and you will never learn to do that differently. Also the answer to all these problems is to do it all again because that’s what rockers do damn it.