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Things I Learned This Week: Monday: - The supremely sweet, super-silky, sexy, sensual, smooth, suburban sound of “Kiss And Say Goodbye.” (Sorry, I know; I really crowbarred-in the ‘suburban’. Chasing a personal-best record for unnecessary alliteration.) Anyway, it’s an excellent recording with a nice, romantic sentiment that prompted a long and winding thread about… The Beatles? I’ll take the hit for almost any of my seminal band faves to be called outdated, obsolete, or a product of their time. But, so many of you here on Monday confirmed what I’ve known since I was a little kid, as I begged my father to let me stay up and watch Ed Sullivan on a certain February night in 1964: Not only are the Fabs not overrated, it’s quite possible that they are underrated. I could go on for an hour as to why. But, no need… …because there’s no better informed, waycool-as-a-fish-and-finger-pie group like yourselves to explain why. Anyplace. Anytime. And you did a great job. OK, everybody, for posterity: ‘yeah, yeah, yeah, yeahhhh.’ (Heard some of you singing the middle harr-moe-nee on the last note, to form the G6th chord. Nicely done.) Tuesday: - You talked about Elton coming out. It reminded me of the stories that many of you have told here about doing that very same thing. I can’t imagine a braver personal decision, and I like to think that nowadays we’re better at supporting those in their quest for basic dignity. It’s inspiring. I hope in general that when I might need it, I’ll be strong enough to summon that same kind of courage. Wednesday: - Paraphrasing my own post from a few weeks ago: ‘The Bee Gees are underrated’. ‘Nuff said. (Hmmm. A promising new featurette, perhaps? “Criminally Underrated Band Of The Week”? Somebody go for it.) Thursday: - {Intro and outro best experienced as read in the voice of Christopher Walken}: "I seem to have run out… of COMMENTS. It’s quite the conundrum. I crave a pithy musical discussion, as one so often does. Have I ever shared with you, the reader, my colorful remarks about FooFIGHTERS? Perhaps, in another time and/or venue, this will be a suitable topic. In the meantime, please enjoy…" ... Edison cylinders, Hall and Oates, mallard sightings, Deney Terrio, liberation of the posterior, Michelangelo, carbon and monoxide, ‘School Of Rock’, Frank Zappa, little tiny baby shoes, and, you know, because we’ve all done it: self-flagellation over an accidental downvote. "Look, I’ve got a fever. And the only prescription… is a well-crafted retort. Ha. You thought I was gonna say ‘more cowbell’. I apologize. On reflection, I regret the ruse." Friday: - (Apologies to Wild Cherry… in fact, to everybody… whilst I shoehorn-in the following:) Thank you to Tom and Stereogum for providing this forum. I was able to get online on Thursday, and saw all of the messages from my friends here. It was overwhelming. I can’t even begin to know what to say. ‘Thank you’ is not nearly enough. Here’s why: If I’m going to be presumptuous enough to call you ‘friends’, then I should come clean on what’s going on. I have a pretty big health issue that came up over the past few months, necessitating multiple visits to my local St. Elsewhere. They are good folks and have been trying very hard to figure things out for me. Had been kind of a rough time. And then, literally while reading all of your beautiful, encouraging well-wishes, they came around late Thursday night, and I got very good news. Looks like they will be able to fix me up, and I’m quoting their version of Doogie Howser, here: “100%”. Yikes. It’s the best possible scenario. The power of your positive commenting, indeed: the time-tested combination of science and upvotes, triumph once more! I’m still sort of in shock as I’m typing this. And for those of you picturing me in my hospital johnnie right now, just stop it. (Although, hmmm… I suppose it could count as a new experience to add to my ‘Love Machine’ manila file… OK, if you must... it’s light blue, with short sleeves, and it’s fabulous.) A hard part of this for me: The recovery will be complicated, so I won’t be in a position after today to post or write my drivel for a fairly long time. So it’s going to have to be goodbye for now. But - and take this to the bank - while I’m away, don’t think for one revolution-per-minute that you all won’t be on my mind. Have fun here. Keep listening to and talking about music. Don’t worry so much about the small stuff in life. Do a random act of kindness. Spend time with a dog. Eat fiber-rich foods. Floss regularly. (Good grief, enough with the life-tips, already. I sound like Aunt Linda at a backyard high school graduation party.) You’re all brilliant and hilarious writers, be it a one-liner, or long-form piece. Made me laugh 5000 times this year. And also cry a few times, too, with your candid stories of life’s best and worst. I promise that I listened. You were heard. And I felt it all. “Hey, Medical Boy… lighten up, will ya? This is supposed to be a music discussion group.” Fair point. I’ll sign off with a favorite record. As it turns out, what you’ve always secretly suspected about ‘the key to everything’ is true. It’s the core sentiment of 90% of our beloved Number One records. It all pretty much boils down to… well, you’re all way ahead of me, as usual… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvTLKB3fgIw -------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks for being the smartest, funniest, and kindest friends that anyone’s (n)ever met. That just might be the big takeaway for this place: “strangers really are innately kind and supportive of each other.” I just knew it all along. Bet‘cha that deep down, you did, too. I’ll see you all sometime on the flip side. Please be careful and take care of yourselves and each another. Good luck, good life, and… …good on you all.
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September 13, 2019 on The Number Ones: Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music”
(Hey, friends, Thanks for checking in on me. Much appreciation. I'm hanging in. I'll catch up with you on Friday.)
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September 11, 2019 on The Number Ones: Bee Gees’ “You Should Be Dancing”
Grazie, Brigita, for the very sweet thought, and for all that you bring to the group.
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September 1, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Bellamy Brothers’ “Let Your Love Flow”
Hey, SrCarto, thanks so much for the very kind words.
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August 30, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Bellamy Brothers’ “Let Your Love Flow”
Somewhere, somehow, someway, I'll bet that Sylvia is sensing a warm, kind thoughts, washing over her right now. And she has no idea why. So, good on you.
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August 30, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Bellamy Brothers’ “Let Your Love Flow”
Well, that just hit me straight in the heart. Thanks so, much, Love; good weekend to you as well.
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August 30, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Bellamy Brothers’ “Let Your Love Flow”
Back at’cha, my leoprine-in-stereo buddy.
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August 30, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Bellamy Brothers’ “Let Your Love Flow”
That’s so kind of you, King. Looks like I have to concentrate on some health stuff, but I’ll try the best I can.
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August 30, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Bellamy Brothers’ “Let Your Love Flow”
When this happens, try to say to yourself, “you know what, the kid tried their best. I’m gonna decide to love him/her for it.” This worked for me.
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August 30, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Bellamy Brothers’ “Let Your Love Flow”
Please do it. I know that it would be great. And let us know when you do.
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August 30, 2019 on The Number Ones: Johnnie Taylor’s “Disco Lady”
Things I Learned This Week: Monday: - Follow the breadcrumbs: Start with a record. “The Theme from S.W.A.T.” Jump to the eponymous TV show. Next, off to… the weird and wonderful places that we always go. Easy (and fun) to get lost down the nostalgia rabbit(Rabbits) hole. There are so many examples of vintage 1976 cathode-ray-tube entertainment to choose from, and on Monday, dozens of old memories came a-courtin’. But, good grief: Imagine being about 18 years old in 1976, and choosing to hang with a bunch of people that dissected and analyzed hit records and pop culture… from 1933.. I know that dopey 18 year-old me would have found it equal parts weird, pointless, and soul-crushingly boring. Yet another reason why the younger folks that hang here are way better than dopey 18 year-old me. Respect to anyone of gens X, Y, Z, α, Ω, or whatever identifier we’re up to by now. Gratitude for giving all us get-off-my-lawners the time of day. If I’m still of this mortal coil in 43 virtual years, (spoiler: looks like that could be a big “nope”) I promise to repay the courtesy and be a good listener in this space. You’ve been patient with me; it’s only fair. And if I’m there, maybe you can help me figure out this damn remote. Keeps changing my channel, every time I turn up the volume. I hate it. I want my old one back. You know, the good one. From my old cathode-ray-tube TV. With the masking tape covering most of the buttons. Tuesday: - Consensus from 400+ comments: We love to love to love “Love Machine.” My favorite line of the song was always, “If you look into my file…” Don’t you want to believe that there’s actually a confident, Dolomite/Billy Dee Williams, smooth-as-silk kind of a guy out there, walking around with a well-worn, green Pendaflex folder under his arm? Calmly going on interviews, applying for a position, like a well-seasoned, successful job-seeker? Ooooarrrrggghhhhhh, yeah, you say? [Hmmm… chin on palm, looking upward… imagining what my file would look like…. crisp, virgin manilla... light as a feather… not dog-eared in the least… hardly a staple punch or paperclip mark to be found…] [cough] Sorry, drifted off there for minute. Moving on… Wednesday: - Oh, what a day. Late August, back in ‘19. I know, doesn’t quite trip off the tongue like the original. I’m no Judy Parker. Hey, I’m not even Ensign Parker. It’s getting somewhat harder to find a prevalent theme-o’-the-day, as we’ve lately have an embarrassment of riches to choose from. Knockin’ on the 400 comment door, almost every day. Yikes. So today, I’ll shoutout on a few: Stob “Pass the poi, please” Gopper mentioned the happy sound of “Right Back Where We Started From”, which kicked off a sweet microthread about Maxine Nightingale. And you didn’t need to be a hockey fan to appreciate Bix’ terrific Herb Brooks story. Legeis Siegel encouraged everyone to come up with songs that featured multiple individual lead singers, and Saint Nothing had us transfixed with the posting of that acclaimed cinematic triumph, the vintage TopPop video, “Save Your Kisses For Me.” I summoned the ghost of Edwin Starr and asked, “do these have anything at all in common?” He said, “Categorically zero.” A nice summation. Way to Roget, Ed. Thursday: - {Intro and outro best experienced as read in the voice of Drew Carey} "OK, what we need now is a suggestion from the audience. What was that?…yes, that’s a good one. Let’s try that. OK, with the help of Laura Hall, it’s, ‘The Commenter’s Hoedown’: ♫ Dum, dum, dumdum, dum-de-dumdum dum-dum-dum… No funny thoughts or zingers, no matter how we try, Zero motivation, the juices have gone dry, We can’t let our friends down, from lack of witty grabbers, What the hell, just post a few quick lines about ‘Backstabbers.’ …or… David Bowie, Lorna Doom (RIP), Tom Moulton, calculating your boomer-status eligibility, The Delegation, thirtysomething, Biz Markie, Time-Life box sets, Bernie Worrell, ribonucleic acid, and, because of course we all heard you whisper it out loud as you read the word, just to hear what it sounded like… eargasm. “Thanks, that’s our show. See you next week. As we sign off: our winner gets to read the credits in the style of a ‘Shut Up, Dude’ commenter... “ Friday: - Maybe the purest lyric of the week: “Let your love fly, like a bird on the wing.” OK, Bros Bellamy, you’re on. Challenge accepted, at gloop factor 11: I wish all the best for each of you, during your times of sorrow or joy, during journeys easy or difficult, and through life’s everyday little ups and downs. …Especially if you sometimes have those overcast days. The ones when you start to question why you should get out of bed. In an unexpected way, this place and its good folks provided me a jump-start of sorts. A little thing to look forward to; time to talk and make new friends with some of the funniest, most insightful and interesting people I’ve met in years. I am grateful for this experience, and for as long as I'm able to hang around here, I’ll try to return as much kindness to you as you have given to me. Like a mountain stream, indeed. ----------------------------------------------------------- Thank you to all for a fun, informative... and silly week. Made me laugh. Please be careful, take care of yourselves and each other, and have a peaceful and enjoyable 3-day (in the states, anyway) weekend. See you on the flip-side. Good on you all.
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August 30, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Bellamy Brothers’ “Let Your Love Flow”
That was fantastic. That’s the kind of insight that I wish I could muster up. Thanks for responding to the virtual page.
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August 30, 2019 on The Number Ones: Johnnie Taylor’s “Disco Lady”
On it. Just finishing up giving my dog a bath. Give me about a half hour.
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August 30, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Bellamy Brothers’ “Let Your Love Flow”
Well, I would certainly defer to cappie the dog for a true cinematic review. But I kind of liked it. Some holes in the plot, but It was light, fun and not a bad way at all to pass 90 minutes. One scene in particular, I thought was executed very well.
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August 29, 2019 on The Number Ones: Johnnie Taylor’s “Disco Lady”
It's funny, Archie. Many of us are here every day, so you wouldn't think that we would remember very many specific comments, threads, or themes. I well remember this one. And when I think about it, dozens and dozens more.
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August 29, 2019 on The Number Ones: Johnnie Taylor’s “Disco Lady”
I can never get enough of hearing you say 'delurk'.
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August 29, 2019 on The Number Ones: Johnnie Taylor’s “Disco Lady”
Here's another: just look in the mirror, R².
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August 29, 2019 on The Number Ones: Johnnie Taylor’s “Disco Lady”
Upvote for invoking RNA instead of DNA. Atta molecular biologist.
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August 29, 2019 on The Number Ones: Johnnie Taylor’s “Disco Lady”
Welcome, Bayouradio. Glad you're here.
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August 29, 2019 on The Number Ones: Johnnie Taylor’s “Disco Lady”
Yes. What Analogbrat said. It's over.
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August 29, 2019 on The Number Ones: Johnnie Taylor’s “Disco Lady”
OK. That't it. Over the past six weeks. And this is not a joke: - When I was waiting to checkout in the supermarket. - In a movie theater before seeing "Yesterday". - Waiting to get my oil changed. - Sitting in a car in a funeral procession. - While waiting for Novocaine to kick in. - In post-op recovery after waking up from surgery... Doesn't matter. It follows me everywhere. There's no escape. I give up. You win.
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August 29, 2019 on The Number Ones: Johnnie Taylor’s “Disco Lady”
I think it's something else other than the number of posts.
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August 28, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Four Seasons’ “December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)”
McCartney was always Wings to me [Hey, is that mt58?] [Who? The one weeping uncontrollably over in the corner? Yeah, that's him. ]
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August 28, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Four Seasons’ “December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)”
I like to think that sometimes, it can be both at the same time.
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August 28, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Four Seasons’ “December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)”
And, this is a perfect example of exactly why we Keep. Coming. Back. To. This. Place.
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August 28, 2019 on The Number Ones: The Four Seasons’ “December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)”