Over the last half-century, pop musicians have come up with all kinds of stylistic fusions – country-blues, folk-rock and so on.
Still, no musical stew may be more unlikely than the one whipped up by Hellride, the three-man supergroup coming to Fitzgeralds on Saturday.
The band, which consists of former members of Jane's Addiction, Porno for Pyros and the Stooges, takes classic punk tunes and meshes them with long, jazzlike improvisation in the style of John Coltrane.
In other words, it takes songs meant to be short, fast and tight and stretches them out to eight or nine minutes.
"I'm not afraid to stretch things out if it doesn't sound boring or repetitive," said drummer Stephen Perkins, who sometimes glances at the faces of the audience and his bandmates to determine whether to continue a jam. "Listen to the original version of the Doors' 'Light My Fire.' There's, like, an eight-minute solo. Those guys are going for it. And to me, that's a punk-rock attitude."