Today in Music History:
In 2005, Les McKeown the lead singer of the Bay City Rollers appeared in court charged with drug offenses. McKeown, aged 49, was accused of conspiring with four other people, including the band's drummer to supply cocaine.In a couple days homercat will be away from this rockin' machine for two weeks. It can't be helped. Bob Barker says us pets should be spayed or neutered and I'm gonna have both procedures done by Bob. Seriously though, looking over the top search terms for Rockin' for the year so far you'd be surprised what the top search terms were that brought folks over to homercat's house. Believe it or not the number one search was for Bananarama. Cute girls, sugary sweet pop songs with an almost innocent feel. Even though all of us guys knew what they were selling. homercat was buying.
Robert DeNiro's Waiting by Bananarama
The 2nd and 45th most popular search words were Van Morrison and tapeworm(?), respectively. I have lots of Van Morrison stuff, and nothing about tapeworms. But I do have a Van Morrison song about ringworm. In order to fulfill his obligation to his early solo label Bang Records,Van Morrison sat down in 1967 or so and cranked out 31 songs on the spot, on topics ranging from ringworm to wanting a danish, to hating his record label and a guy named George.
Thanks to the wreckroom for turning me on to this a while back. You can still find all 31 tracks from this session over at WFMU's Beware of the Blog. Get em before they decide to take them down. They are interesting.
Number five is for Meri Wilson. Go figure. In fact just today 6 people have searched that term. In 1977 Meri had a huge international one hit wonder of the novelty sort. Her ditzy-woman style, full of suggestive, double-entendres was a hoot. I remember I bought this song on 45. For those youngsters who may be puzzled, a 45 was a little record with a big hole in it that had two songs on it. One on the front and back.
Wilson recorded the self-penned novelty "Telephone Man," a double-entendre-rich tale of a woman...um, "serviced" by her AT&T technician(“…just show me where you want it and I'll put it where I can”); the single cracked the Billboard Top 20 in the U.S. and the Top Five in the U.K., going gold on both sides of the pond. It was also a staple of Dr. Demento's syndicated radio program. Her attempts to follow "Telephone Man" with the like-minded "Peter the Meter Reader" and "Dick the DJ" went nowhere, and she ultimately retired to Americus, GA, to raise a family and teach choir.
Meri was killed in an SUV accident on Dec. 29, 2002 in Americus, GA at age 53. Shortly before that she had released a self titled album on the Ansley label. Those damn SUV's! Enjoy the tune Meri Wilson searchers!
Telephone Man by Meri Wilson
There are way to many people searching for pubic hair on the internets. That's all I gotta say about that.