Saturday, September 13, 2008

Another Blast From The Past

In the 70s, it seems there were some pretty good "flash in the pan" bands. They came, they went. Some spawned a solo artist with similar success. One such act was a Scottish group called Stealers Wheel. They had one huge smash hit in 1973, called Stuck In The Middle With You:

They had another good song definitely worthy of a listen. It made a dent in the charts, but never reached the popularity of the first. I always liked this one, as it was reminiscent of the LA sound, more specifically the Byrds. This one is from 1974 and called Star:

Here's one that was a bluesy little tune that worked for me, it's ripe with some real 70s rock riffs. Here is I Get By:

The one wheel, the one cog that made a reasonable attempt at a solo career was band member Gerry Rafferty. He had a 1978 album that has since gone platinum.... five times over.

It's called
City To City and two of its songs got some significant airtime. These two remind me of a time when I was stuck in the sunflowers of Kansas, sleeping with prairie dogs and grasshoppers, while the Howtizers sang at night.

First up is a catchy little tune that always made me want to snap and bounce, while driving the mud paths of Ft. Riley and the paved pig paths of the thriving metropolis, called Junction City, Kansas. This is one most of you close to my age will remember, Right Down The Line:

The other was one that blended a distinct rock and jazz sound, in just the right mixture, just the right measures. A very smooth flowing song, you may remember this one too. It is called Baker Street:


1 comment:

A.C. McCloud said...

Good catch on Rafferty. Haven't heard that one in a while.