Happy Birthday Ian Anderson, here’s Jethro Tull!
Ian Anderson flute solo, 1976
Ian Anderson is probably the worst rock star name of all time. Worse even than Eric Clapton. And yet, Ian Anderson – who should really have been a stationer – was the strange woodland creature on flute and vocals in Jethro Tull. Which, yes, is possibly the least rocking band name of all time. It sounds less like a rock group and more like a man you might buy scrumpy off at a folk festival. Or a famous 18th century agriculturalist. Anyway, the point is that Ian Anderson is 62 today, we thought we’d get him a gift, so we all took quite a lot of acid and began whispering ideas to trees, and painting possibilities on the sky using just our thoughts. In the end it boiled down to a toss up between a bubble-blowing fish riding a bike and talking like Elvis Presley, or an old Jethro Tull clip. In the end we got him both. Happy etc…