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Afternoon Delight – Starland Vocal Band

starland_vocal_band_album_coverThe Fourth of July is looming. America’s birthday. I could try to write something really profound here. Something about the value of liberty. Maybe the top 10 songs about freedom. But I’m really not feeling that deep or profound.

Perhaps that’s because when I think of July 4th, I think of fireworks. And when I think of fireworks, I think of “Afternoon Delight” by Starland Vocal Band, an enduring 1970s one-hit wonder.

“Sky rockets in flight. Afternoon delight.”

So as a special treat, I’ve included two videos of the legendary “Afternoon Delight.” And I’m not really sure which one is the funniest.

Let’s start with the original from 1976. Just like ABBA, Starland Vocal Band consisted of two husband-wife teams. And their lead-off single from their debut album was HUGE. How HUGE? “Afternoon Delight” reached #1 and the Billboard charts and the band garnered 5 Grammy nominations (they won two). One of those wins was for the Best New Artist Grammy Award.

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It’s a song about, well, mid-afternoon, um, love-making. But I never knew that as a kid. I just thought it was about shooting rockets in the sky and rubbing sticks and stones together. All stuff I learned in the Boy Scouts. starland_vocal_band1

But all that pales in comparison to this amazingly awesome performance clip of the song.

Let me set the scene for you: It appears the band had a free lunch break. So they set up outside their office, found a camera operator, and started to shoot this video. As you might expect, bedlam occurs (this is 1976 and it is THE Starland Vocal Band after all). It’s really quite similar to the mania that accompanied U2’s announced performance of “Where the Streets Have No Name” on a Los Angeles liquor store rooftop in 1987. Or not. You be the judge.

Listen to Afternoon Delight by Starland Vocal Band

“Afternoon Delight” video by cast of Anchorman

If you’re a fan of Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd or Steve Carell, you know Anchorman. This classic video features the boys of Anchorman singing “Afternoon Delight” like they mean it. It’s great, really great. Enjoy both songs and the sky rockets in flight on the July 4th night.

“Afternoon Delight” lyrics

Gonna find my baby, gonna hold her tight
Gonna grab some afternoon delight.
My motto’s always been; when it’s right, it’s right.
Why wait until the middle of a cold dark night.
When everything’s a little clearer in the light of day.
And you know the night is always gonna be there any way.

Sky rockets in flight. Afternoon delight. Afternoon delight.

Thinkin’ of you’s workin’ up my appetite
looking forward to a little afternoon delight.
Rubbin’ sticks and stones together makes the sparks ingite
and the thought of rubbin’ you is getting so exciting.

Sky rockets in flight. Afternoon delight. Afternoon delight.

Started out this morning feeling so polite
I always though a fish could not be caught who wouldn’t bite
But you’ve got some bait a waitin’ and I think I might try nibbling
a little afternoon delight.

Sky rockets in flight. Afternoon delight. Afternoon delight.

Please be waiting for me baby when I come around.
We could make a lot of lovin’ ‘for the sun goes down.

Sky rockets in flight. Afternoon delight. Afternoon delight.

Repeat chorus.

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3 Responses to "Afternoon Delight – Starland Vocal Band"

  1. John Wilson says:

    WHAT!! Afternoon Delight is about making love, having sex?!?!!! I tell you, I can’t go anywhere on the internet without being bombarded by filth and perversion. Now I can never listen to this song again without having filthy thoughts enter my mind.

  2. Jim Barton says:

    Apparently, the song title was inspired by a lunch menu item called “Afternoon Delite” in some Washington, DC restaurant.

  3. Ben Goozner says:

    I remember hearing this song at a JCC pool where I first learned how to swim. Cylde’s is the restaurant where they first thought about this song.

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