Black Crowes – Twice As Hard

When The Black Crowes released $hake Your Money Maker in 1990 I was shocked that this band was actually getting played on the radio. They weren’t in step with the then-current trends.

The Georgia Satellites had come out 4 years earlier but only stuck around for a little while. The Black Crowes were a throwback and they were reminiscent of the early seventies Stones and Faces. They have two brothers in the band…lead singer Chris and guitarist Rich Robinson. Chris would have sounded in place in the seventies and Rich Robinson had Keith Richard’s guitar style down pat. The pair wrote this song.

Rich used open G tuning which in turn made some of their songs sound like they came off of Exile on Main Street. $hake Your Money Maker was a hit album. It peaked at #4 in the Billboard Album Charts, #4 in Canada, #4 in New Zealand, and #36 in the UK in 1990.

Chris Robinson: “We still play pretty much everything from that record, The only song that’s been lost is Struttin’ Blues. Seein’ Things is still a band favorite and a song that we’d probably play twice a week if we were on the road. I hear songs on the radio like Jealous Again and I like it. It’s still a big part of our show. It’s an iconic song for us, as is Twice As Hard. I still love to sing Sister Luck when we do it.”

Twice As Hard peaked at #11 in the Billboard Mainstream Rock Charts, #85 in Canada, and #45 in the UK in 1990 and 1991.

Twice As Hard

Clean as a whistle
Smellin’ like a rose
She got no dirty little fingers
Bloodshot eyes are gone
Tell me I”m wrong

Twice as Hard
As it was the first time
I said goodbye

And no one ever want to’ know
Love ain’t funny
A crime in the wink of an eye

Your sister always singing
She play the step child
A broken little memory
Her heart was never kind
Tell me I’m blind

Yeah, bloodshot eyes are gone
Tell me I’m wrong

Twice as Hard
As it was the first time
I said goodbye

Twice as Hard
As it was the first time
I said goodbye

Twice as Hard
As it was the first time
I said goodbye

Twice as Hard
As it was the first time
I said goodbye

Twice as Hard
As it was the first time
I said goodbye

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

16 thoughts on “Black Crowes – Twice As Hard”

  1. I can hear some Rolling Stones riffs in this song. A while ago O picked out a Black Crowes song that matched a prompt, but the more I listened to it, the less I liked it, so I picked another song. This is very good and perhaps I should give this group another chance.

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  2. ‘The Black Crowes were a throwback and they were reminiscent of the early seventies Stones and Faces.’
    EXACTLY the reason I liked them and bought a couple albums … sadly on cassettes that are now in some landfill site. (I do have a ‘Best of .. 1990 – 1999’ compilation CD which you’ve just put me in mind to dig out again. Thanks. 😉

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    1. Yes they are a throwback…at that time you just didn’t hear this kind of music on a modern radio station…I loved when they broke through.

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  3. I guess you won’t be surprised that this tune is totally up my alley. The Black Crows with their early ’70s retro rock sound mostly remind me of the Faces. Perhaps tellingly, last month, they released an EP titled “1972” with great covers from that year by the Stones, T. Rex and Rod Stewart, among others.

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