Posted by: boromax | September 10, 2018

Nostalgic Dip Rejects, 1976, Part Two

In this post I will be sharing my reasons for omitting twelve (12) of the ‘second’ fifty songs (51-100) on the 1976 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 << ]]


Here we go!!


“Devil Woman,” Cliff Richard ~ This is supposedly a warning against the dangers of getting anywhere near any and all devil women.  Why does it sound and feel like a challenge, a lure, and an enticement?  Also, it is kind of mediocre musically, and I keep thinking I hear/see Cher. Unbidden. That is scary.


“Baby Face,” Wing and a Prayer Fife and Drum Corps ~ Well, um, wow.  This is a 1926 song remade into a grand orchestral disco hit.  I do not know what else to say.


“Got to Get You into My Life,” Beatles ~So, of course, this is one of the many highly successful songs written and recorded by the Beatles.  It was released on the “Revolver” album in 1966, but did not become a hit in the USA until it was included on a compilation album in 1976.  I did not post it on my Facebook page because… it is just weird that a song released when the Beatles were at their hottest did not achieve radio play of note until 10 years later, six years after the band had disbanded.  Also, the Earth, Wind and Fire version from the little-loved 1979 movie “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band” is a much more enjoyable version. In my opinion. But… hear for yourself!


“Fanny (Be Tender with My Love),” BeeGees ~ I like my share of BeeGees tunes, but the syrup quotient in this one is beyond my capacity for absorption or tolerance.  Maybe it is the tinkly xylophone, the twittery flute, the electric piano, the strings and horns?  Nah.  The whiny, whipped pleading tone of the song.  Do they make something like mouthwash for your ears?


“Getaway,” Earth, Wind and Fire ~ Let it be known that I am a huge fan of Earth, Wind and Fire.  For some reason, with this track I feel like Funkadelic highjacked the recording session.  Maybe not quite that strong.  I don’t know.  The funk is real!  And the horns, as usual, are nuts.  Just, if I was making a list of my favorite EWF songs, this one would not make the list at all.  One thing about this song: I will take its advice and Get. A. Way.


“Slow Ride,” Foghat ~ OK.  There is a lot to recommend about this song, from a classic rock perspective.  Solid fuzzy guitars, slappy bass, cool instrumental effects, iconic riffs, and tight vocal harmonies.  But, hmm….  I wonder what they are singing about?


“Young Hearts Run Free,” Candi Staton ~ I am pretty sure Candi was delighted to get her spot in disco history, and good for her.  This is a ridiculously sad song wrapped up in bright, sparkly dance music.  Nice horns.  Heart-breaking story.  And, like, “self-preservation” is a reasonable message, isn’t it?


“Tear the Roof off the Sucker,” Parliament ~ I am not going to lie. This is a fun, funky song. It just is.  But, oh my, they steppin’ SO close to the line, lookin’ right at profane with a smirky attitude.


“Rock and Roll All Nite,” Kiss ~ I will freely admit that I have never been a fan of KISS in general.  I never thought their music was much above bubble gum.  Yeah, no thanks.


“Disco Duck,” Rick Dees ~ I love a good novelty song.  This one is a tune for the ages.  I am glad someone was able to make fun of the disco fad right at the beginning of the phenom.  But, too silly even for me.


“The Boys Are Back in Town,” Thin Lizzy ~ Some pretty standard rock iconicism here.  It is a little repetitive, but…  okay, I am listening to it now, not quite sure why I passed it by.  Sorry, boys.  I blinked at the wrong time, I reckon.


“Squeeze Box,” The Who ~ I am not quite sure what the heck they are singing about (!!!), but I don’t care for this track regardless.  I mean, compared to some of their other great hits, this one is drivel.


That’s it for now.


Sayonara et shalom!



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