Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

An Argument For Humble Pie

Why should 30 Days in the Hole by Humble Pie have been included in Pitchfork’s absurd and illegitimate list that was rigged by a crooked media that is very unfair to me, and also very unfair to major-label British rock acts?

  • “Improvised” soulful vocal asides.
  • It’s about drugs, which are awesome.
  • But it’s also about The Man, who is such a dick.
  • There are maracas.
  • Steve Marriott’s voice.
  • Steve Marriott’s guitar, which is a Les Paul, and sounds more Les Pauly than any other Les Paul ever recorded.
  • If you close your eyes, you’re in a Trans Am on Route 77, and the cops just appeared in your rearview and lit you up,
  • Corry from Lost Live Dead recommends it, and he usually knows what he’s talking about.
  • The hole mentioned in the title is not an actual one, instead a metaphor, and thus can be used to teach children about analogies.
  • You should just play this for children regardless of the lessons.
  • “What is this, Dad?”
  • “This, son? This is MOTHERFUCKING ROCK AND ROLL. Used to blast this shit and stick it in your mom out by the old dam.”
  • “You’re scaring me, Dad.”
  • “Here’s ten bucks. Go to the store and buy Daddy some smokes.”
  • “They don’t let you do that any more.”
  • And so on.


  1. Wait, “30 Days In The Hole” was actually on the list? (I haven’t read a list of any kind since about 1999). I’m changing my vote

    “Blowin’ Free” Wishbone Ash
    “Village Of The Sun” Mothers Of Invention
    “Life Goes On” The Kinks

    • Thoughts On The Dead

      August 23, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      No, I was supporting your nomination. Of course it wasn’t on the list.

      • My faith in pretentious aged rock critics is restored

        I stand by all my lists tho. Here’s another

        “Panama Red” NRPS
        “American Mother” Help Yourself (live version Man with Deke Leonard
        “Rock and Roll Doctor” Little Feat

  2. Jerry Shirley, the drummer for Humble Pie was a DJ on the classic rock station in Cleveland in the 90’s.

    He was great.

    He would do a fundraiser “30 days in the hole” where he lived in a trailer in some parking lot for a month. The money would go to the Salvation Army, well most of the money. There was a bit of a fuss in 97 when some Exotic Dancers benefited from the cash meant for Charity.

    “take a greasy whore, a rollin dance floor, get your head spinnin round”


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