Above: Renrock heartthrobs The Lost Boys.
After publishing yesterday's progrock artwork post, I stumbled across a somewhat vexing conundrum. In describing the musical genre of medieval progrockers Amazing Blondel, I offhandedly used the word "Renrock" to describe their sound. It seemed an apt label, although I'd never seen it written or heard it spoken aloud before. "Ren Faire" + "Rock" = "Renrock", right? Sensing the opportunity for some cheap laughs, I Googled the word "Renrock" to see what sort of other Celtic-flavored nerdprog I could track down. To my astonishment, I found nothing.
There is a Christian rapper named Ren Rock, as well as a DJ, a town in Ohio, and a construction company in Mississippi, but, as far as I can tell, the term "Renrock" has not yet been applied to the Renaissance Faire Rock community. In fact, the puffy-shirted lute-slingers rocking the international Ren Faire circuit have virtually NO genre to claim as their own. Therefore, I feel it is my duty to do it for them.
Ladies and gentlemen: I hereby coin the term "RENROCK" on behalf of Illogical Contraption, our parent company Illogical Contraption Recombination DNA Laboratories, Inc., and Renrockers everywhere. Let us raise high the banner of Renrock as we march into the future of the past.
Enjoy a couple Renrock favorites, now happily classified in a genre all their own (you're welcome, Mr. Blackmore):
The quintessential Renrock jam:
BLACKMORE'S NIGHT - "Locked Within The Crystal Ball" (RENROCK AS FUCK)
HOLY SHIT A BLACKMORE'S NIGHT COVER BAND
OH SHIT THERE ARE TWO OF THEM (this one's called "Shadowplay")
The Harper & The Minstrel - "Pan's Frolick" (Renrock lite)
AMAZING BLONDEL - DEFINITE Renrock, 1972 (painful to watch, but do it anyway):
WE NOW OWN THE TERM "RENROCK", FRIENDS. USE IT OFTEN, BUT USE IT WISELY.
Other Renrock artifacts: That Witch's Hat single Jack posted last week, My Barbarian, the aesthetic of early Fleetwood Mac, Jethro Tull's flutier moments, and Cantiga.
Also: Hammers of Misfortune = Renmetal?