Corky Laing: still hard rockin' after 50 years

The sleighride rolls on as Corky Laing calls upon Michael Monroe, Ian Hunter and more for Finnish Sessions album

Corky Laing: Finnish Sessions cover art
(Image: © On Stage/Timezone)

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Drummer Corky Laing, the last surviving member of 70s behemoths Mountain, is still playing, still recording, with a big network of musicians and contacts built up over 50 years. 

So after 2019’s The Toledo Sessions, when he got hemmed in by the pandemic, he escaped to Finland where he could continue to record. Laing’s drumming – hard but not heavy – was a distinctive element in Mountain’s pioneering hard-rock style which has never really gone out of fashion, particularly among guitarists. 

Which is why he can lay down a solid bedrock for an array of hard-rock permutations that the musicians (who here include guitarist Conny Bloom of Sweden’s Electric Boys – as well as Michael Monroe and Ian Hunter) clearly get a kick out of playing. 

Laing’s songs are not strong on melody, though, so it’s strange that the best of them, Whatcha Doin’?, is positioned at the end of the album when it should be the opening track.

Hugh Fielder

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.