Actually, this song has been stuck in my head for two days now. I didn’t have time to post it yesterday. But that allows me to add something I heard on SiriusXM Classic Vinyl this morning. Earle Bailey (the DJ) mentioned that this song was about Fats Domino, the legendary R&B artist. So I had to look that up. Not that I don’t trust Mr. Bailey, but I wanted confirmation. Turns out, it is. Click here to read the wiki.
It’s a bit funny that I’m just adding this song to the series, as it’s almost always stuck in my head.
People generally associate this song with Vietnam. But according to Stephen Stills, it’s about “The Sunset Riots”. Seems that the folks that lived on and around sunset boulevard in L.A., were getting fed up with the kids that were hanging out at the clubs, cruising and just basically being kids. When the police started enforcing the law and probably not being very nice to the kids (what do I know? I grew up on the other coast, and was only about 9), the kids did what kids did in 1967. For the little I’ve been able to find about the riots, it wasn’t very nice.
The video isn’t the best quality, but I love the hat and outfit that Stephen is wearing in the beginning. Also off to the right is Neil Young in his signature jacket. Richie Furay is on the left sitting, Dewey Martin is handling the drums and Bruce Palmer on bass with his back to the camera.
So here is “For What It’s Worth”.
Today’s entry is an easy one. The opening guitar riff, played by Paul – not George, is stuck in my head on a lot of days. Plus I’m drinking my coffee from my “Rubber Soul” mug (I used the “Revolver” mug yesterday).
John listed this track in his “Worst 20 Beatles songs”, claiming it was all Paul and called it “the son of Day Tripper“, another song with a great guitar riff. Although recorded in 1966, and released as a single (hitting #1), it was not included on an album until “Hey Jude” which was released in 1970. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paperback_Writer)
So without further delay here is The Beatles! Geez.. I feel a little like Ed Sullivan…
It was a bit tough picking just one thing stuck in my head today. I’ve had lots of great songs running all around in my head (one of the nicer side effects of not sleeping). Everything from The Band’s The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, to Pat Travers and the old blues standard Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights). But I just had to pick this one. Mainly because not only has it been playing in my head, I heard it on SiriusXM ClassicVinyl on the way in! It’s like kismet or something.
So here it is; It Don’t Come Easy by the one and only Ringo Starr. You can file this under videos that have nothing to do with the song.
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As I mentioned in part I of this new series, I really enjoy being able to change the station when a song/artist/band comes on that I don’t want to hear, and not have to play it and pretend how great it is like when I was a DJ.
Not that I did much of that, in fact pretty much the exact opposite. When I was an on-air DJ at this particular country station (won’t mention the call letters or anybody’s name – just in case), the program director insisted that we would not play a certain song. He didn’t think it was “country” enough. The music director told me to play it (my shift was overnights, from midnight to 6 AM). He knew the program director wasn’t listening. So I played it quite often. Always the rebel!
The program director couldn’t figure out why he would get calls requesting the song when “we don’t play it” but the caller would insist they heard it last night. We never told him we were playing it. But he did relent eventually and added it to the rotation.
That song was Swingin’ by John Anderson. It hit #1 on the US Hot Country Songs (Billboard). But yeah, it ain’t country enough.
But, as usual, I’m down a rabbit hole. Let’s get back with the subject of today’s post.
Stuff that makes me change the station immediately;
- Bread. Has to be the most overplayed sappy crap of all time. If you can listen to an entire song and not go into a diabetic coma, it’s a damn miracle.
- Rupert Holmes. Seriously? How did this guy ever get a recording deal? I won’t even get into how bad Escape (The Piña Colada Song) is. I got queasy just typing the title.
- The Doobie Brothers (but only with Michael McDonald). Early Doobie stuff is excellent. McDonald was to the Doobies as Yoko was to the Beatles.
- 10cc. Again pure syrup.
- Damn near any 80’s synth stuff. Too many bands to list here.
Stuff that gets turned up:
- Jackson Browne (with the exception of The Load Out/Stay). Way overplayed.
- Steely Dan. When I was about 14 (this would be about 1972 – 73) one of the older guys across the street from my house told me that the Dan would be the next Beatles. They may not have made it quite that big, but they came close.
- Santana. Another guitar god. Europa (Earth’s Cry, Heaven’s Smile), Samba Pa Ti are two of my favorites. Smooth, on the other hand, gets turned off.
That’s my list for today. I’m sure there’ll be more to come.
Here’s Steely Dan doing Rikki Don’t Lose That Number, which I’ve heard is about Rick Derringer (Rock And Roll Hootchie Coo). Rick and the Dan were set to record together, but Rick didn’t come back after the first session. At least that’s the story I’ve heard.