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Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang – Silver

Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang – Silver

This gibberish could only have become a hit in the 1970s. Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang? Are you serious? What does Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang possibly mean? Listen to the first verse and it appears Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang means the couple needs to stay together. Or go grocery shopping. Or file their taxes. I’m unsure at this point. Verse two seems to imply things are not as they seem even though “baby has been so good to me” but “please … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

How Long – Ace

How Long – Ace

I’m pretty sure I’m awarding “How Long” by Ace bonus points due to my affinity for “Tempted” by Squeeze. Both songs are ably sung by Paul Carrack, a man who found success with Ace, British critical darlings, Squeeze, and as a singer with Mike and the Mechanics in the mid- to late-1980s. Carrack obviously does something right to hit the Billboard charts with three different bands. But he doesn’t need a band to get airplay; … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Goin’ Down – Greg Guidry

Goin’ Down – Greg Guidry

If you confuse “Goin’ Down” by Greg Guidry for The Little River Band, don’t be embarrassed. Just go with it. You could also mistake “Goin’ Down” for something from Ambrosia, Climax Blues Band, Player, the Doobie Brothers or “Steal Away” by two-hit wonder Robbie Dupree. Big harmonies. Smooth, soulful voice. Indistinct vocals. And by indistinct I mean you encounter the problem mentioned above that makes it virtually impossible to determine who is actually singing the song. That’s not … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Desert Moon – Dennis DeYoung

Desert Moon – Dennis DeYoung

The Grand Illusion by Styx is the first record I ever purchased with my own hard-earned cash. Although there are many Styx haters–people who bash the bands high harmonies, theatrical stage shows, and yes, “Mr. Roboto.” Even more people bash Styx founder Dennis DeYoung who penned the band’s most successful songs in “Come Sail Away,” “Babe” and yes, “Mr. Roboto.” “Babe” is a classic 1980s ballad that still gets played on soft-rock stations. It’s one of … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Everything I Own – Bread

Everything I Own – Bread

Editor’s note: Bread is not a one-hit wonder. Sometimes I write about songs, because, well, those songs are on my mind. Like “Everything I Own” by Bread. Typos are an embarrassing little thing. Sure they’re not the end of the world. But they should be avoided at all costs. Especially in a new business pitch. I participated in crafting a funny one last week. Different members of my company put together an 80-slide overview of our … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop