Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by alphanguy, Jan 29, 2016.
“Shake Some Action” is one of my “desert island” tunes. Absolutely love it.
“Frankenstein” takes me back to Junior High School. One of the kids at my school bus stop had a portable stereo with an 8-track. I think Edgar Winter was the only 8-track he owned because he played “Frankenstein” every day. Still love the tune - very unique, particularly for its time.
I always liked both of those. But I agree that they vanished kinda quickly from oldies radio, which is particularly a surprise for "Hot Child", which I thought was implicitly raunchy enough to be a favorite among rock programmers. Maybe it was too OTT...
OOPS...wrong thread. Mea Culpa.
Sorry folks ... meant to post this on another thread...I was toggling between this one and that one.
No worries. One can never get enough Flamin' Groovies.
New York Dolls had their own song called "Frankenstein", and were in the studio with Todd Rundgren recording their debut album when Edgar Winter's creation hit it big.
So they appended an (orig.) to their song title, lest dozens of record buyers get confused.
That was a great listen. Thanks for posting.
As noted above, "Macarena" is the current record holder, at 33 weeks.
"Chariots Of Fire" was the record holder at one time (22 weeks). before "Chariots Of Fire", the previous record holders were "Hot Child In The City" and "Sad Eyes" (21 weeks). Before "Hot Child In The City", I believe the record holders were "Love Machine" by The Miracles and "A Fifth of Beethoven" by Walter Murphy (20 weeks). I don't know what the record was before that. "Please Don't Go" by KC & The Sunshine Band" also took 20 weeks to reach #1, but it never held the record, as it charted after "Hot Child In The City" and "Sad Eyes".
All of the songs mentioned in the previous paragraph were hits between 1976 and 1982. During that era, the charts moved more slowly than they had previously, and a lot of chart longevity feats were broken. For most of the rest of the '80s, the pace picked up again, and there were few serious challengers to the record. Two songs in that period broke Vangelis' record, but both arguably merit an asterisk, because they needed two separate chart runs to reach #1: "Baby, Come To Me" by Patti Austin and James Ingram (23 weeks), and "Red Red Wine" by UB40 (25 weeks).
In the '90s, partly due to changes in the way Billboard complied its charts, partly due to changes in how the record and radio industries operated, the behavior of songs on the charts changed dramatically. One effect was that the charts slowed way, way down, well beyond anything ever seen previously, making many chart longevity records vulnerable. In 1996, "Macarena" broke the record, and it still holds it after more than two decades. Like "Baby Come To Me" and "Red Red Wine", though, "Macarena" actually needed two separate chart runs to reach #1. I don't know what the current record is for a song that reached #1 within the confines of a single chart run (I doubt Vangelis still holds it, but I don't know that for certain).
At one time, "I Go Crazy" held the record for spending the most weeks on the Hot 100 (40 weeks). That record was later broken by Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" (43 weeks). In the wake of the changes in chart behavior of the '90s, those records have been obliterated. As noted upthread, Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" is the current record holder (87 weeks), but I'm not sure how the record progressed in between. LeAnn Rimes' How Do I Live" held the record for a long time. I think "Macarena" may have held this record at one time, too.
My problem is that the #1 soul singles thread falls down the newsfeed pretty quickly, and I don't always get reminders.
That is no one's fault. It's just the way it is. I had to type Vicki Lawrence's name in the search engine just to get here!
I remember playing the album with "Free Ride" in the record store where I worked. I thought it sounded deader than I remembered.
What stands out to me are the anti-love songs. "Maybe Your Baby," "Tuesday Heartbreak" and "Blame It On The Sun" are NOT songs you want to dedicate to your loved one on Valentine's Day. Even "I Believe When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever" sounds like the plea of a man who just got his heart broken.
It's more amazing that there were two heavy metal instrumentals in the Top 10 at the same time. Never before, never again (the other being "Hocus Pocus" by Focus).
Important to remember that Syreeta wrote the lyrics to four key songs on Talking Book, including Blame It On The Sun and I Believe.
Why don't you follow the thread?
I first heard "Frankenstein" by the pool in San Diego, and have never been able to shake the association. It's a fairly heavy song, but it makes me think of sunshine and suntan lotion.
It's a great one and nice to see a real rock record getting all the way to the top.
I'm not saying this started the sexy song trend but that would certainly pick up steam as the 70s roll on, particularly with a soon to be #1 hit. Let's stop for a moment and savor this:
Ai Yi Yi!
As I've said on the other thread, there were two variants of this. First, Specialty Records Corp. for the East Coast:
Then, on the West Coast, Monarch Record Mfg., with label type by Stoughton Printing Co.:
But there was one pressing entity that never pressed at all for the All Platinum labels at any time in its existence - I don't even think any albums they put out were available for Columbia House subscribers. In the past, RCA and Decca/MCA had spells pressing for All Platinum, Stang and Turbo. But one major that never did was Columbia. Below is a re-creation (with actual typesetting, painstakingly put together in digital graphics systems) of what Columbia pressings of this (at least, from Pitman, NJ) might have looked like:
As for the song itself, Ms. Robinson intended this with Al Green in mind, but Mr. Green turned it down. One of many examples of how the Green/Willie Mitchell Memphis Sound and its influence reached long and wide.
That's the same Sylvia of Mickey and Sylvia ("Love Is Strange") and the same Sylvia who founded Sugar Hill Records a few years later, giving us the first rap hit in "Rapper's Delight". That's three data points on her resume that few musicians can match.
She also wrote "Shame Shame Shame", one of the very first disco songs, by Shirley & Co.
Not too many acts can claim to have been instrumental in creating one of the first hits in two separate pop genres.
And Shirley herself was once one-half of Shirley & Lee who also hit in 1956 with "Let The Good Times Roll."
That Sylvia named the pioneering rap label Sugar Hill Records and got away with it was amazing - given that the year before, in 1978, another Sugar Hill label - specializing in bluegrass and Americana music - was founded in Durham, NC by Barry Poss and David Freeman. The country/bluegrass Sugar Hill is still around, based out of Nashville (and, I.I.N.M., part of the Concord group); the rap label faded away after MCA acquired it in the mid-'80's.
My copy of this single is dark blue, rather than the baby-blue shade seen here.
I try to "follow" it, wherever it is! Aren't you supposed to see notifications in threads you've already participated in? If so,it's not popping up.
Sounds like you have a later pressing. First-pressings were powder blue background (the technical term used on such label sheets).
When you log on, just click the "Watched Threads" button at the top of the page. Then, you will see all of the threads you subscribed to when they have new posts. I'm always surprised at how many people don't know that.
I do have to say that there are so few posts on the Billboard R&B thread that even I have to do a search if no one posts for a day or so.
The membership is missing a lot of discussion by not reading that thread. Right now, it's on "Pillow Talk" by Sylvia, but i'm about to post a new #1 single.
Separate names with a comma.