Posted by: boromax | April 14, 2017

Nostalgic Dip Rejects, 1974 Part Two

In this post I will be sharing my reasons for omitting seventeen (17) of the ‘second’ group of fifty songs (51-100) on the 1974 Billboard Top 100 list; i.e., I chose not to share them on my Facebook timeline.

I choose songs for Nostalgic Dip from annual Top 100 Billboard charts.  I could share every song on every list, but for various reasons I choose not to share some of them.  This series of posts is my way of giving at least a modicum of recognition to the songs that I have rejected for my Facebook routine.  They were legitimate “hits,” after all.  The recognition I proffer here is somewhat back-handed, though, because I am telling you why I snubbed these songs.  You may or may not agree with my reasons, but no worries, they are MY reasons.  Nobody has to agree with them.  >> smiley face <<

Let’s do this!!

“Never Never Gonna Give You Up,” Barry White ~ I don’t know.  A little too formulaic and predictable?  For me, I think I may have to be in a particular mood to truly enjoy listening to Barry White’s style.  The groove is legitimate mid-‘70s R&B, near-funk, strings, flute trills, wah-wah guitar splashes.  Just not on my list of favorites, I guess.  Also, I think I personally have a low tolerance for Barry’s signature sexy whisper-talk segments.

“Hollywood Swinging,” Kool and the Gang ~ Too repetitive.  Sometimes repetition can be energizing, but in this case – for me, at least – it is just too much.  Plus, I get the distinct impression Kool and his cronies are trying a bit too hard to sound like Sly and the Family Stone.  No.  Don’t do that.

“Be Thankful for what You Got,” William Devaughn ~  This is one of those songs that is supposed to be encouraging and uplifting – according to the lyrics; but the musical interpretation is melancholy and it actually makes you sad.  It makes you think, “I deserve a great big Cadillac with gangsta white walls…”  Doesn’t make me happy.  I kind of dig the congas, though.

“Hang On In There, Baby,” Johnny Bristol ~ OK.  Maybe I just got a little too saturated with the R&B?  There is actually a lot to like about this track.  Nice groove, wah-wah, strings, vocal harmonies…  but…  did I already use the word “formulaic” in this post?  Hmm.

“Lookin’ for a Love,” Bobby Womack ~ Not crazy about this song musically, to begin with – although there is something contagious about the riff “I-I-I’m lookin’ for a love.”  But really?  Someone to bring me breakfast in bed and do some housework?  What?  Even in 1974 that was an unhealthy perspective.

“I’m Leaving It All Up To You,” Donny and Marie Osmond ~ OK, well, I think I am likely to exclude any and all songs brought to us from either or both of these two.  This song is probably the main reason I don’t actually care to hear any other songs by them.  This is a cover of a perfectly acceptable song from a decade or so prior, but when you know the pair singing this together is a brother and sister, it just makes the whole thing creepy, don’t ya think?  Yeeaah, no.  Thanks, anyway.

“I Love,” Tom T. Hall ~ I remember liking this song back when, but I liked it in the sense that I thought it was basically goofy, and I was usually making fun of Tom T. Hall’s singing voice.  Sorry, Tom.  Bless your heart.  It is good to know what you love.

“Clap for the Wolfman,” The Guess Who ~ The Guess Who are among my favorite bands, in general.  But this track should have been relegated to the obscurity of a filler track on an old-fangled black vinyl LP.  It is OK; just not a song I would eagerly display to friends and acquaintances as a shining example of the musical genius of The Guess Who.  Except for the mysterious popularity of the Wolfman himself, I am not sure how this song made it into the Top 100.

“Trying to Hold On to My Woman,” Lamont Dozier ~ I’d like to just say I don’t care for Lamont’s singing style, but I feel like that is a bit of a cop-out.  Nevertheless, despite the essentially positive moral message of this song, it is actually depressing; to me, anyway.  Ugh.

“A Very Special Love Song,” Charlie Rich ~ I kind of dug Charlie Rich, at first.  This is yet another example of what should be a happy song that sounds like a sad, lonely, “I’m actually pretty bored right now” song.  I’ll pass.

“My Girl Bill,” Jim Stafford ~ In the mid-1970s, it seemed like every Country & Western recording artist had some success on the “Pop” charts.  This is a clever song, rife with country “charm.”  But I have to say, it just does not ring my bell.  In fact, it kind of makes me do a lot of involuntary eye-rolling, and I am usually looking for a way to skip to the next song or change the station or just flat turn it off until this song is over.  Blechh.

“My Mistake (Was to Love You),” Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye ~ Alright.  Two iconic R&B stars singing together.  How could that not be amazing?  Well, it’s nice.  Maybe a little TOO nice.  This song gives me the feeling it might have been performed and recorded by robots.

“Wildwood Weed,” Jim Stafford ~ Goodness, Jim!  You made it on to my “rejected” list twice in the same report.  That is nearly enough to cause me to auto-reject any future attempts.  But, I sincerely take the time and effort to consider each “hit” on its own merits, trying hard not to be biased by previous bad acts.  Sorry.  Songs about smoking dope are not going to make my favorites lists.

“Beach Baby,” First Class ~ These Beach Boys wannabes apparently arrived on the scene about ten years too late.  This is a fun-loving song, I guess; but nothing about it makes it anything more than an average surf music cover.  To tell the truth, I don’t even remember the band or the song.

“Rockin’ Roll Baby,” Stylistics ~ And this group seems to be a tepid replication of the Temptations.  My reaction to this song – which I heard for the first time when I found it on YouTube – was also tepid.  It can remain hidden in the archives.

“Wild Thing,” Fancy ~ This is a reasonably respectable early new wave rendition of a classic rock song (The Troggs, 1966; but it was originally recorded by The Wild Ones in 1965).  Fancy pushes the sexiness into overdrive.  Too bad.  You can definitely hear the rebellious, synth-punk, new wave styles emerging in this recording.

“Mighty Love,” Spinners ~ I would say the Spinners were trying to mimic the Temptations, except both groups were formed in 1961.  This particular song is not a bad song, really.  I would not skip to the next song if it came up in a playlist; but I also would not specifically seek it out so I could play it on endless repeat.


That’s it for now,

Sayonara et Shalom!


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