Saturday, July 18, 2009

Another Blast From The Past

This week we look at some one-hit wonders from the 70s. I have said before that I think this decade produced some of the best OHWs in the history of pop music. These selections are some that garnered some serious radio airplay back then. And then at the drop of a hat, they just faded away and became virtually unnoticed. So if you are a baby boomer, sit back and relax. See if you can remember these tunes.

The first one is from 1971. It is a smooth but cynical expression of underlying motives and intents:



In the course of musical history, there have been some songs that really didn't need to make a lot of sense or cast a deep message along the way. This is one and it comes from 1972:



I heard this twice this week on the Track 107.9. It's a sign --- from all they way back in 1975:



Back this one up to 1970. This is a cute little ragtime tune that reminds me of Saturday nights at Shakey's Pizza -- as a kid with nothing better to do with his parents:



Enjoy.


2 comments:

Mustang said...

This was a fun collection of nostalgic tunes. Looking back it is easy to question how in the world they ever became “one hit wonders.” You are right that very often, the lyrics don’t make much sense to us, but we tap our foot when the music is playing anyway.

I listened to your second selection forty-three times this morning and could not determine what its “deep message” was. I was beginning to wonder if I should listen to it again later on this evening, when my mind is susceptible to the effects of those great meds you sent me, and then it occurred to me: there is no deep message. This was just another example of what a bastard you are.

LASunsett said...

//I listened to your second selection forty-three times this morning and could not determine what its “deep message” was.//

Because you are my friend, I want to help you (so you do not waste anymore valuable time trying to decode something that doesn't have a code). Let's take one more look at my lead-in to the song, in question. Shall we?

In the course of musical history, there have been some songs that really didn't need to make a lot of sense or cast a deep message along the way. This is one (meaning one of those songs) and it comes from 1972:

Translation: It doesn't have a message.

There.....

I feel better knowing that you will not be banging your head on the wall this evening, causing structural damage to the frame of your beautiful Florida home.

(As for the meds I sent you, Spaten is not regulated by the FDA ........ yet.)