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Pollyanna 03-25-2011 09:36 AM

Great AM pop tunes
 
No surprise that a drummer site is full of fans of rock, jazz, metal, fusion and prog.

Thing is, many pop musicians have broad tastes and are mindful of maximising their chances of living a music life rather than a 9-to-5 life. So every now and then, artists who produce some pretty dull stuff start producing some cool music once they are big enough to have a say in their repertoire.

I set my iPod on shuffle today and came across a couple of pop tunes that I think are sensational - one is Madonna's Papa Don't Preach, which beautifully captures the situation a lot of young girls find themselves in, and I find it really emotionally satisfying. Another was Sherbet's Howzat, which is corny but a beautifully crafted pop number. I also felt that Supertramp tends to be terribly underrated - fabulous musicians, composers and inventive arrangers.

Any examples of pop tunes that really did it for you?

bermuda 03-25-2011 11:06 AM

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"Howzat" got some play in the States, I even had the album!

Apart from a lot of material from major artists & bands, there are a handful of one-hit-wonders and slightly obscure songs that I love from back in the day thru more recently:

Neon Rainbow (Box Tops)
You Were On My Mind (We Five)
Talk Talk (Music Machine)
Outside Chance (Turtles)
Perfect Day (Hoku)
Do You Wanna Hold Me (Bow Wow Wow)
No Matter What (Badfinger)

There are way too many to list!

Bermuda

Bo Eder 03-25-2011 11:06 AM

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Since I always mention "Afternoon Delight" and "Moonlight Feels Right", I won't mention them here ;)

But when I look back on it, AM radio pop hits abounded throughout my lifetime. I am old enough to have had parents when the the car radio was only an AM radio! Having FM or an 8-track deck in the car was pretty high-falootin'! But right along side the Led Zeppelin and Beatles albums in the house, as well as alot of jazz, I heard alot of one-hit wonders: "Rock the Boat" by the Hues corporation was an interesting beat you didn't hear all the time. "You Make me feel like dancin'"by Leo Sayer was a fav, as well as Nick Gilder's "Hot Child in the City", just to name a few obscure ones!

Pollyanna 03-25-2011 11:38 AM

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Yes, one hit wonders are often pretty cool. My Sharona was my fave. Jon, I'm not sure what rock I've been hiding under because I haven't heard any of those songs. Bo, I don't know the songs you failed to mention too.

I used to love those old instrumentals - Telstar, Popcorn, Sacha ... and later on there was Birdland from that great one-hit wonder, Weather Report :)

Hellwyck 03-25-2011 02:55 PM

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Being from England, I know what AM radio is but not what an "AM radio song" is.
Can you enlighten me?

Bo Eder 03-25-2011 07:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Pollyanna (Post 818418)
Yes, one hit wonders are often pretty cool. My Sharona was my fave. Jon, I'm not sure what rock I've been hiding under because I haven't heard any of those songs. Bo, I don't know the songs you failed to mention too.

I used to love those old instrumentals - Telstar, Popcorn, Sacha ... and later on there was Birdland from that great one-hit wonder, Weather Report :)

Correction: Birdland became a semi-hit when that pop-vocal boy/girl band picked it up: The Manhattan Transfer (they went on to have a pretty good career, I think).

And yeah, Pol, I got a million of 'em!

DrumEatDrum 03-25-2011 10:59 PM

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The term AM pop tunes is a bit of lost term.

I've never actually heard an AM pop station. At least here in California, the only AM stations I've heard are news, sports, talk radio, and Spanish. Maybe a classical or an oldies (1950's) station.

But as far as the so-called traditional AM pop station, I've never actually experienced one. All the pop stations switched over to FM a long time ago.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AM_radio
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AM broadcasting now attracts mainly talk radio and news programming, while music radio and public radio mostly shifted to FM broadcasting in the late 1970s.
But as far as I know, the term AM pop radio means really generic bubble gum pop music.

mediocrefunkybeat 03-26-2011 02:35 AM

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I'm far too young to remember AM Pop radio and I don't think it ever really happened over here in the same way. I pick up occasional AM music radio broadcasts on my car radio (usually from other countries, I think the record is Canada) when I'm listening to an AM station and I'll happily say that what I have 'accidentally' listened to didn't provide much inspiration!

I do think, however, that it is important for the various authorities to actually slightly deregulate the AM band - especially in the UK. FM licences are very, very hard to get hold of over here and whilst there is a fair selection of local FM stations in general (there are certainly a fair few where I live in North Lancashire) nationally, there is very little that isn't very mainstream - commercially at least. In my experience, the only national UK stations worth listening to are BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4 (on FM) and 5 (on AM - specifically MW). Now that is a sad state of affairs and I really do dislike almost all UK commercial radio - catering to the same audience. I'm 22, but I don't listen to anything that is typically aimed at my demographic. There's virtually nothing music-wise that I want to listen to and Radio 3 is the only regular music station I listen to. It's a Classical station. And Classic FM is awful.

So, ending the rant. I would like to see more national AM licences issued that cater to more esoteric tastes, failing that, digital radios in cars. Digital radio is the future, but I'm staying well away from buying my own set until the standard is better established - I'm not convinced that DAB is going to be around for too much longer.

Frost 03-26-2011 07:08 AM

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I've never really listened to the radio, pop tunes are also not my specialty, I'm sure my father would have a huge list, I might ask him next time I see him.

GRUNTERSDAD 03-26-2011 07:39 AM

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Back at the time when I was a teen, FM radio was primarily new and was playing classical music. AM radio was playing popular top ten music when a lot of commercials and upbeat disk jockeys all trying to make a name for themselves, and most of them usually had some sort of act or schtick to define their personalities. FM radio was more high brow, more mature music and programming. I hope that helps with the term AM pOp Music.

mattsmith 03-26-2011 07:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Bo Eder (Post 818414)
Since I always mention "Afternoon Delight" and "Moonlight Feels Right", I won't mention them here ;)

Afternoon Delight is of course one of the great trainwrecks of the past half century. But I was turned on to Moonlight Feels Right by a marching band mallet player mainly because of a marimba solo by a guy named Bo Wagner that was actually pretty good. But in judging the entire song the marimba was like a stained glass window on an outhouse.

Frank 03-26-2011 07:19 PM

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The hits from the Jackson 5.

Bo Eder 03-26-2011 08:40 PM

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Originally Posted by mattsmith (Post 819004)
Afternoon Delight is of course one of the great trainwrecks of the past half century. But I was turned on to Moonlight Feels Right by a marching band mallet player mainly because of a marimba solo by a guy named Bo Wagner that was actually pretty good. But in judging the entire song the marimba was like a stained glass window on an outhouse.

And the fact that those two songs were in constant radio airplay for almost the entire year of 1975 (or '76?) puts them in the category of Spam. Everybody says they hate it, but somebody's buyin' it - that's why it's still sold!

aydee 03-26-2011 08:58 PM

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...

Boy, its been a long road from the Archies Sugar- Sugar to Petula Clark's Rose Garden, via Los Bravos Black is Black, to Shocking Blue's Venus and Tony Orlando's Knock 3 Times and Tijuana Brass' Taste of Honey, thru to BeeGees Stayin Alive, thru all of Michael Jackson, truly the King of Pop, and now I'm covered in cheese...

I think I finally dont listen to any pop anymore. Wittingly, that is.

...

mediocrefunkybeat 03-26-2011 09:56 PM

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Cheddar, Gorgonzola or Brie? Those are your choices!

nhzoso 03-26-2011 11:45 PM

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I remember Am radio stations.. (unfortunately) I remember a song called Shannon By Henry Gross that I used to like and my older sisters would make fun of me..LOL Dang I was probably like 6 or so..

Also remember Terry Jacks season in the sun..."We had joy we had fun we had seasons in the sun, but the wine and the song like the seasons all have gone..

Also remember in the year 2525(forgot who sings it ) and another song I used to love but I cannot recall much about, If anyone can get the name and artist I will send them a hardly used air drumming kit...

OK' all I remember is it's about a guy racing another guy in his car and at the end the guy rolls down his window and asks the guy he's racing "how do I get this thing out of 2nd gear" Always thought that was funny and cool when I was 6 anyway...LOL

Deltadrummer 03-26-2011 11:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Bo Eder (Post 819047)
And the fact that those two songs were in constant radio airplay for almost the entire year of 1975 (or '76?) puts them in the category of Spam. Everybody says they hate it, but somebody's buyin' it - that's why it's still sold!

The irony is that Afternoon Delight was written by Bill Danoff who also wrote songs with John Denver, including Take Me Home, Country Roads. The drummer on that tune is Gary Chester. They were sign to Denver's label. I wouldn't be surprised if the drummer on Afternoon Delight was Gary himself.

mattsmith 03-27-2011 01:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Bo Eder (Post 819047)
And the fact that those two songs were in constant radio airplay for almost the entire year of 1975 (or '76?) puts them in the category of Spam. Everybody says they hate it, but somebody's buyin' it - that's why it's still sold!

Well, I would have bought Moonlight Feels Right for the marimba solo alone. I would have simply taken the needle and moved it there every time, which must have been the nicest advantage of that kind of medium. As for Afternoon Delight and other travesties, wouldn't you have to say that most of the 1976 AM radio was extra special bad? After all wasn't that also the year of Play That Funky Music White Boy, Muscrat Love and 1000 other hideous songs still discussed in shocked terms today?

No wonder disco soon took over. You also have to think that drugs back then must have been off the chain.

IDDrummer 03-27-2011 02:48 AM

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Originally Posted by mattsmith (Post 819138)
... wouldn't you have to say that most of the 1976 AM radio was extra special bad? After all wasn't that also the year of Play That Funky Music White Boy, Muscrat Love and 1000 other hideous songs still discussed in shocked terms today?

No wonder disco soon took over. You also have to think that drugs back then must have been off the chain.

Oh man, now you're hitting too close to home! (With Play That Funky Music, not Muskrat Love!) LOL

I actually saw Wild Cherry live back in the day! I still like that song, and we play it, too. Goes over great, every time!

Please be gentle with comments about my taste, now. The heart wants what the heart wants! (Illegal smiley)

Bo Eder 03-27-2011 03:55 AM

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Originally Posted by IDDrummer (Post 819163)
Oh man, now you're hitting too close to home! (With Play That Funky Music, not Muskrat Love!) LOL

I actually saw Wild Cherry live back in the day! I still like that song, and we play it, too. Goes over great, every time!

Please be gentle with comments about my taste, now. The heart wants what the heart wants! (Illegal smiley)

I think every era produces great stuff and not-so-great stuff. Look at what we're dealing with now. If the kids today aren't embarrassed about what they listened to 30 years from now, then there's something wrong with them (hell, they might be embarrassed about it in a year or so since everything seems to be moving so fast thanks to the 'net).

But we can also remember that 1976 was when the Police actually became a band, and Thin Lizzy had a hit with "The Boys are Back in Town", Ted Nugent released his album that had "Stranglehold", and Heart was becoming a super-power. I for one, am not embarrassed about what I listened to. It is kinda' strange that certain songs no longer hold my attention anymore, but most do. The 70s were basically my childhood. I certainly don't wish to be part of somebody else's childhood.

DrumEatDrum 03-27-2011 04:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Bo Eder (Post 819186)

But we can also remember that 1976 was when the Police actually became a band, and Thin Lizzy had a hit with "The Boys are Back in Town", Ted Nugent released his album that had "Stranglehold", and Heart was becoming a super-power. I for one, am not embarrassed about what I listened to. It is kinda' strange that certain songs no longer hold my attention anymore, but most do. The 70s were basically my childhood. I certainly don't wish to be part of somebody else's childhood.

Not to nit pick, but just to clarify, the Police came out in 1978.

70's rock left us with a lot of good stuff. 70's pop can be forgotten.

DrumEatDrum 03-27-2011 04:49 AM

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Originally Posted by IDDrummer (Post 819163)
Oh man, now you're hitting too close to home! (With Play That Funky Music, not Muskrat Love!) LOL

I actually saw Wild Cherry live back in the day! I still like that song, and we play it, too. Goes over great, every time!

Please be gentle with comments about my taste, now. The heart wants what the heart wants! (Illegal smiley)

That is a song I could do without.

Although growing up with radio and no MTV at the time, I always thought the song was very racist. It wasn't until a wikipedia and such came out that I saw a picture of the band, and realized, oh, it's more of a parody/humor song. Haha...

IDDrummer 03-27-2011 04:49 AM

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Oh, I'm not really embarrassed. It's all in good fun. Personally, I had a great time in the seventies and really enjoyed it, including a lot of the music. Even pop!

mattsmith 03-27-2011 05:40 AM

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Originally Posted by DrumEatDrum (Post 819198)
Not to nit pick, but just to clarify, the Police came out in 1978.

70's rock left us with a lot of good stuff. 70's pop can be forgotten.

Exactly...not being there, it at least seems seems that way.

R&B from that era (Earth Wind and Fire, Tower of Power, Kool and the Gang etc) was also great. Then you had all those really good horn bands, and of course the iconic rock groups, alongside undiluted fusion /the Miles albums like Jack Johnson, On the Corner, the Dregs, Weather Report, Return to Forever/ Zappa in his prime, and even a kind of big band jazz revival with guys like Buddy Rich and Maynard Ferguson reigning in American band geek groupies. It certainly appears to have been one of the most fertile periods ever for non classical music.

Still, people from that time have to admit that their pop music was probably worse than any other generation's before or since.

Bo Eder 03-27-2011 06:47 AM

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Originally Posted by DrumEatDrum (Post 819198)
Not to nit pick, but just to clarify, the Police came out in 1978.

70's rock left us with a lot of good stuff. 70's pop can be forgotten.

Hmm. My fanboy book on The Police states 1976 was the first time Stewart pulled Henri Padovani and Sting together for the first time. Wikipiedia says 1977. I admit it, I was a fanboy. I suppose I'll re-state it and say "during the later 70s" then. How's that?

Actually, I'm still a fanboy. I got that guys' snare drum!

MaryO 03-27-2011 06:51 AM

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Of course, lest we forget, the 70's was when Animal came into his own as a drummer so there were moments of brilliance too :)

DrumEatDrum 03-27-2011 06:55 AM

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Originally Posted by mattsmith (Post 819218)
Exactly...not being there, it at least seems seems that way.

R&B from that era (Earth Wind and Fire, Tower of Power, Kool and the Gang etc) was also great. Then you had all those really good horn bands, and of course the iconic rock groups, alongside undiluted fusion /the Miles albums like Jack Johnson, On the Corner, the Dregs, Weather Report, Return to Forever/ Zappa in his prime, and even a kind of big band jazz revival with guys like Buddy Rich and Maynard Ferguson reigning in American band geek groupies. It certainly appears to have been one of the most fertile periods ever for non classical music.

Still, people from that time have to admit that their pop music was probably worse than any other generation's before or since.

I was born in 1970, so I was there, but too young to really have a grasp on what was going on.

I never really got the horn bands, because from what I recall, Earth, Wind and Fire and Kool & the Gang were on the pop stations with Donna Summer, Andy Gibb, the Bee Gees, and the as-mentioned song "Play That Funky Music". So it all sort of blended together from my young perspective.

It wasn't until years and years later that I started reading in MD about guys who were into the horn bands, and that other people really distinguished that stuff from the disco and pop of the same era. But in my head, it's still the same, because that's how it was presented at the time.

But hey, if you really want to get into 70's cheese, anyone remember watching the Sonny & Cher show? Or Donnie and Marie? I doubt I could sit through an episode now. Back back then, there was no MTV, no outlet for music videos. If you wanted to see music and had to be in bed by 9, there wasn't much else you could do.

At least not until several years later when "The Kids are Alright" got shown on TV.

Pollyanna 03-27-2011 08:07 AM

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My PC has been down for a couple of days ... sorry that my loose terminology seemed to create a bit of ruckus. DED, as usual, put it nicely - generic pop. I've always enjoyed pop, even when I deluded myself that I was above such fluff and trivia.

I guess it's similar to saying that if I was to pick my favourite cuisine it would be Indian, followed by Thai, but my love of chocolate and Ice Cream remains. Abe mentioned Shocking Blue's Venus - my favourite track from my first ever album - 20 Dynamic Hits :)

I've covered Play that Funky Music before and always loved it for no good reason - it just appealed instantly; I think of it in the same way as My Sharona. Goofy, trite and infectious. Some of those 80s queer tunes were pretty cool too, like Tainted Love and Relax. Another 80s number that got me was Blinded Me With Science.

As for the 60s, does anyone remember They're Coming to Take Me Away? lol

Deltadrummer 03-27-2011 08:23 AM

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Originally Posted by DrumEatDrum (Post 819235)

But hey, if you really want to get into 70's cheese, anyone remember watching the Sonny & Cher show? Or Donnie and Marie? I doubt I could sit through an episode now. Back back then, there was no MTV, no outlet for music videos. If you wanted to see music and had to be in bed by 9, there wasn't much else you could do.

At least not until several years later when "The Kids are Alright" got shown on TV.

I'm with you on the variety shows, and not only Sonny and Cher, everyone had a variety show, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, Bobby Darin, The Carpenters, Dean Martin, Carol Burnette. I think even Helen Reddy had one. I used to watch Hee Haw with Roy Clark.

The group I loved back in those days was Seals and Crofts. They did a short CA tour back in the '90s when I lived in CA. But of course, didn't find that out until I read it on the internet fifteen years too late.

One of the legacies of the 1970s was the popularizing of the story song. One of my favorites was Harry Chapin's Taxi. But there were so many great ones, Jerry Jeff Walker's Mr Bojangles covered by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Janis Ian Seventeen or her earlier Society's Child, Don McClean's American Pie. I used to sing that song in a band years ago.

In the 1970s, you could write a sad song or a story song, and it would chart. You don't hear that in pop music any more. Often the most beautiful songs are the sad ones because they ring true; every one has sad moments. People are all about positive thinking and not being so negative, not being melancholy. The greatest songs usually are melancholy because in the

as far as They're Coming to Take me Away, I had a really bad nightmare about that song when I was a wee boy, so bad I still remember it.

aydee 03-27-2011 08:38 AM

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Originally Posted by mediocrefunkybeat (Post 819071)
Cheddar, Gorgonzola or Brie? Those are your choices!

If I add AHA's Take on Me, we could add Stilton to the list..

( PS- American Pie is hereby, officially de-listed from the cheese platter )

Pollyanna 03-27-2011 08:39 AM

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Oh yeah, Seals and Crofts. Summer Breeze is a great tune. One of those relatively sophisticated numbers that slips through the net, like Baker Street and some of those early "big band" numbers like Spinning Wheel and Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is

Deltadrummer 03-27-2011 09:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Pollyanna (Post 819267)
Oh yeah, Seals and Crofts. Summer Breeze is a great tune. One of those relatively sophisticated numbers that slips through the net, like Baker Street and some of those early "big band" numbers like Spinning Wheel and Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is

Another fun fact that nobody needs to know except someone who spends too much time researching this crap on the internet, is that Gerry Rafferty's first band was Stealer's Wheel, who of course had a hit with Gerry's, "Stuck in the Middle with You." I thought you may enjoy that one. We'll add to the pile, Fooled Around and Fell in Love, Sara Smile, She's Gone, I Keep Forgettin', Sweet Freedom, I'm Every Woman, Ain't Nobody, Waterfalls, Bittersweet Symphony, 100 Years, Cable Car. Lots of great pop out there. I almost forgot, Just the Two of Us, Smooth Jazz baby.

Pollyanna 03-27-2011 02:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Deltadrummer (Post 819273)
Another fun fact that nobody needs to know except someone who spends too much time researching this crap on the internet, is that Gerry Rafferty's first band was Stealer's Wheel, who of course had a hit with Gerry's, "Stuck in the Middle with You." I thought you may enjoy that one. We'll add to the pile, Fooled Around and Fell in Love, Sara Smile, She's Gone, I Keep Forgettin', Sweet Freedom, I'm Every Woman, Ain't Nobody, Waterfalls, Bittersweet Symphony, 100 Years, Cable Car. Lots of great pop out there. I almost forgot, Just the Two of Us, Smooth Jazz baby.

Yep, I was right into Stuck in the Middle with You too ... Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am ... :)

Talking of jokers, I loved Steve Miller's The Joker too. A real oldie, one that often appears on the worst songs of all time that I LOVED - Macarthur's Park ... someone left the cake out in the rain, and I don't think that I can take it, because it took so long to bake it, and I'll never have that recipe again - OH NOOOOOOO (cue Darth Vader).

Monster arrangement, right up there with Classical Gas.

Ken, I haven't heard those other ones, apart from Two of Us and Bittersweet Symphony - great melody and vibe, that one. Must be the different play lists. Not sure how much old Oz pop you guys have heard.

This Jeff St John track had a classic hook that caught up us Antipodeans back in the day, Teach Me How to Fly. Funny ending to the mimed guitar solo too :)

Another one that worked for us, Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIWrZfDT5IQ

And we can't forget some good ole Aussie camp ... I remember being confused when I first saw this as a sheltered teen - lol. I couldn't match the campy look and the rugged voice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUFeKIaVFP8

We had such a great scene here for a while but now it's shrivelled to a tenth of its size :(

Deltadrummer 03-27-2011 05:17 PM

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Many people thought Stealer's Wheel was Steely Dan and I would wonder if they were formed to ride the Dan's coattails.

Macarthur Park was written by Jimmy Webb who wrote hits for Glen Campbell including By the Time I Get to Pheonix and the classic Witchita Lineman, which everyone did for a while. He also wrote the Worst that Could Happen for The Brooklyn Bridge. He wrote this gem, The Moon's a Harsh Mistress. he is a master of the aaa form

Another song that many have done including Joe Cocker, Linda Ronstant and now Celtic Women. I first heard it from Judy Collins on her album, Judith, back in 1975. It's kind of strange that so many women do it because it is about a man who loses love. But maybe there is another take that I am missing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd4ui...467BB8E9751232

Another song that I like was Looking Glass's Brandy, which the RHCP covered on their last European tour. No one knew the tune, or got the joke, because it never charted in Europe. I've never heard of those Aussie bands. Some of it is very post-Woodstock. Jeff St. John in a wheel chair, and is that a chick on drums or is it the drummer from Angel?

I can't believe that you never heard some of those tunes, Hall and Oates, Michael McDonald, Chaka Khan, they had to chart in Oz. Here's another one everyone did, by Eugene McDaniels, Compared to What with Les Mccann & Eddie Harris.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzvlivbptXk

larryace 03-27-2011 05:43 PM

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Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass anyone?

GRUNTERSDAD 03-27-2011 05:51 PM

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Anything from Happy Days.

MaryO 03-27-2011 07:26 PM

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I think it basically comes down to all of those guilty pleasure pop songs that we all claim to hate but when we're alone and it comes on the radio, you turn it up and sing and dance along with it. :)

C'mon...honestly tell me you don't sing along with Barry Manilow's Mandy and when you hear it on the store Muzak.

DrumEatDrum 03-27-2011 09:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Deltadrummer (Post 819262)
I'm with you on the variety shows, and not only Sonny and Cher, everyone had a variety show, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, Bobby Darin, The Carpenters, Dean Martin, Carol Burnette. I think even Helen Reddy had one. I used to watch Hee Haw with Roy Clark.
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I can't say I recall any of those other shows.

I just remember being 4 or 5 and watching Sonny & Cher and Donnie & Marie.

Sonny and Cher was a bit darker, and harder to get into. Of course, at the time, I had no idea they were going through a divorce, I just picked up on the negative vibe.

Donnie & Marie was more bubble gum, easier for a 5 year old to digest.

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Originally Posted by Pollyanna (Post 819267)
Oh yeah, Seals and Crofts. Summer Breeze is a great tune.

I prefer the Type O Negative version:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0o5GauFG1Ql

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Originally Posted by Deltadrummer (Post 819373)
Many people thought Stealer's Wheel was Steely Dan and I would wonder if they were formed to ride the Dan's coattails.

For the longest time I thought "stuck in the Middle With You" was a Dylan tune.
Until one day it was used in a commercial to sell cookies, and I thought, "Wait a sec, Dylan wouldn't sell a song to sell cookie.."

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Originally Posted by MaryO (Post 819414)
C'mon...honestly tell me you don't sing along with Barry Manilow's Mandy and when you hear it on the store Muzak.

No. I wouldn't know a Barry Manilow song if it bit me.

Pollyanna 03-28-2011 08:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Deltadrummer (Post 819373)
Many people thought Stealer's Wheel was Steely Dan and I would wonder if they were formed to ride the Dan's coattails.

Macarthur Park was written by Jimmy Webb who wrote hits for Glen Campbell including By the Time I Get to Pheonix and the classic Witchita Lineman

He wrote that too? Witchita Lineman is one of my guilty pleasures ... "is still on the liiiiiiiiiiiiine" gets me every time.


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Originally Posted by Deltadrummer (Post 819373)
I've never heard of those Aussie bands. Some of it is very post-Woodstock. Jeff St. John in a wheel chair, and is that a chick on drums or is it the drummer from Angel?

Nah, just a long-haired bloke :) I have tons of Oz rock in my collection. I used to go out and see bands all the time. It was awesome here for a while.


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Originally Posted by Deltadrummer (Post 819373)
I can't believe that you never heard some of those tunes, Hall and Oates, Michael McDonald, Chaka Khan, they had to chart in Oz. Here's another one everyone did, by Eugene McDaniels, Compared to What with Les Mccann & Eddie Harris.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzvlivbptXk

I must have missed 'em. Hall and Oates and Chaka Khan had hits here later on. I don't remember Michael McDonald solo having a hit here. He might have done, but I don't remember it.


Larry, three words for you - Baby Elephant Walk :) Awesome! (oops, that's four words)

Grunter - no! lol. I never "got" 50s RnR.

Mary - yes ... but I was more into Copacobana :)

DED, "Sonny and Cher was a bit darker" lol - you're skating close to an oxymoron there. I guess I Got You, Babe could be spun as a cautionary tale about ownership within relationships ...

I am negatively inclined towards the O-Negative version.

Gerry Rafferty sings too well - that's the clue.

Judging by the amount of underwear allegedly thrown on stage I'd say a lot of (older) women would like Barry Manilow to bite them :)

mattsmith 03-28-2011 08:47 AM

Re: Great AM pop tunes
 
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Originally Posted by larryace (Post 819381)
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass anyone?

Band...yes maybe. But this is arguably the greatest album cover in the history of recorded sound.


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