Thursday, May 25, 2006

Maximus Canadianus Lameus

Today in Music History:

In 1974 David Bowie releases the decadence-themed 'Diamond Dogs,' a true solo album on which he sings and plays most of the instruments.
One of the local radio stations is having a fundraiser this tomorrow to help raise money for some kids foundation and they'll play any song for a price. They've been using this one song as an example all week. Also you can make a song stop by pledging an even higher amount. All in good Fun. That one song example got me to thinking about a couple of one hit wonder Canadian artists from 1974. Albeit the songs are pretty lame but once again I can't help but like them. there's also some interesting history that you might not be aware of.

One HittersWinnipeg, Canada is responsible for Terry Jacks and the #1 with a bullet single Seasons in the Sun from 1974. It's an eerie take on Rod McKuen's translation of frenchman Jacques Brel's Seasons in the Sun. Although not quite a one hit wonder,Jacks and his wife, Susan, had a hit in 1970 recording as the Poppy Family, with the equally eerie Which Way You Goin' Billy? One more curious fact, that dark guitar riff on Seasons in the Sun is played by none other than guitar legend Link "Rumble" Wray, who passed away last November. Believe it or Not.

Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks
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Andy Kim was born in Montreal, Canada and managed to become a teen idol two separate times. In 68 he hit big in Canada with a remake of the Ronettes Baby, I love You. By 1974 his slide down to nobody status came to an end whenexecutives at Capitol records heard his personally financed recording of Rock Me Gently. Two months later it was a #1 hit. Something else you might not know about Andy Kim. He is the co writer of one of the best bubblegum songs ever, The Archies Sugar Sugar.

Rock Me Gently by Andy Kim
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Both quite enjoyable tunes if you're in the right frame of mind.

Funny Toon