The Daily Cut: Jethro Tull “Aqualung”

Jethro Tull: “Aqualung”

ALBUM: Aqualung

YEAR: 1971

WRITER: Ian Anderson

The only single off “Aqualung,” it stalled at number-93 on the Billboard Hot 100, but has gotten its share of rock radio airplay over the years.

Ian Anderson offers his apologies to any fans of “Hymn 43,” the only song off Aqualung released as a single, but he just isn’t one.  “One of the worst songs I’ve written in a musical sense. It just doesn’t do a thing. I don’t know what I was trying to do with that song, but it isn’t really me. I don’t know what it was. I find it really irritating, actually. Lyrically, it’s so naïve. It’s just not a song I like. It doesn’t get any better with age.”

Aqualung, Jethro Tull’s first Top 10 album in the U.S., was certified gold for half a million sales 45 years ago today (July 1st, 1971).


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