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In the Mood – Henhouse Five Plus Too

In the Mood – Henhouse Five Plus Too

Few songs make me want to pay an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor to remove my ear drums. But “In the Mood” by Henhouse Five Plus Too is in serious contention. This novelty song is pure garbage. It’s stupid. It’s silly. It’s dumb enough that to hear it once is more than enough. Remarkably, “In the Mood” by Henhouse Five Plus Too reached #40 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1977 and that’s good enough to land … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman – Whistling Jack Smith

I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman – Whistling Jack Smith

I love everything about “I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman” by Whistling Jack Smith. Here’s why: none of what you believe about the song is true. First, the guy whistling on the record is not actually Whistling Jack Smith. His name is John O’Neill. Second, John O’Neill didn’t actually appear as Whistling Jack Smith. Whistling Jack Smith was actually performed by a guy named Billy Moeller. Third, Whistling Jack Smith was not actually Kaiser Bill’s Batman. I assume … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1960s, Pop

Movin’ – Brass Construction

Movin’ – Brass Construction

Disco is the greatest form of music in really tiny doses. Or the most disposable. A song like “Movin'” by Brass Construction is exhibit A in that argument. When people first heard this song on the dance floors of disco clubs, they lapped it up like a starving kitten snarfs Meow Mix. Then they let it settle in, percolate a bit, and discovered they liked it. A lot. Movin’ by Brass Construction reached #14 on the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Morning Dance – Spyro Gyra

Morning Dance – Spyro Gyra

Smooth jazz gets a bad rap. “It’s not real jazz,” people say. “It’s warmed-up elevator music,” others claim. “It’s the music that spawned Kenny G and should be outlawed,” jazz purists will say. If you don’t like the smooth jazz sounds created by artists like Dave Koz, Bob James and one-hit wonder artists like Candy Dulfer (“Lily Was Here”) and Grover Washington Jr (“Just the Two of Us”). If you think jazz should demand your attention and shock … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

Theme from Mission: Impossible – Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen

Theme from Mission: Impossible – Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen

U2 is the biggest band in the world. Their 360-degree tour of 2010-2011 is the most expensive tour ever staged. It’s also the highest grossing. When most people think about U2, it’s Bono and The Edge. They’re the face and in many ways the spirit of the band. But Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen have served as the backbone and rhythm section of the band since the lads formed back in the late 1970s. And although Bono … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s

Dynomite Part 1 – Tony Camillo’s Bazuka

Dynomite Part 1 – Tony Camillo’s Bazuka

Disco started in the gay night clubs of New York City in the mid-1970s. It became mainstream following Saturday Night Fever’s success in 1977 and was a cursed and hated genre by 1979 when “Disco Sucks” slogans appeared on everything from t-shirts to bumper stickers. One of the biggest complaints is that disco was produced by studio groups who didn’t tour, didn’t perform but merely churned out records that all sounded the same. If you were … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s