Like a Glove

I got this from my good friend Annie.
This will meme me out for a while but this one was damn good . . . and fun too.

These are the rules:
1. Go to the Billboard #1 Hits listings (scroll down and you’ll seen them separated by decades on the left in the sidebar)
2. Pick a year you were in high school
3. Get yourself nostalgic over the songs of that year
4. Pick 5 songs and write something about how these songs affected you
5. Pass it on to 5 more people


Fame – David Bowie

What I remember most about this song is its infectious beat.
It had all the elements of a cool funk tune blended seamlessly into a rock anthem. Girls liked to dance to it and us guys used to like to watch.
I also loved the weird vocal stuff Bowie did with his vocals in the studio.
A classic tune for me. I love Bowie.

You’re having my baby – Paul Anka

I’m going to cut to the chase here.
This song buuuhlows and Anka should have had his junk blown off just for recording it. This is a total lameass piece of musical shit.
And that’s giving it something.
This ‘baby’ should have had a clinic visit long before it ever gave birth on the AM airwaves.
This song makes Rosemary’s Baby seem like a Walt Disney character.
Really crass . . . sorry.

The Joker – Steve Miller

“Some people call me the space cowboy yeah
Some call me the gangster of love
Some people call me Maurice
[insert your woo-woo HERE]
Cause’ I speak of the pompetous of love”

When they talk about songwriting it’s all about “the hook”, the line that grabs the listener.
This song had more hooks than my Uncle Bill’s tackle box.
IMHO, when you can combine space cowboy, gangster of love and pompetus ( a word that doesn’t even exist) in one song and make it sound like pure poetry, you’re a frickin’ genius and Steve Miller is damn close.
To this day, Miller remains prolific and ultimately solid as a songwriter.
His melodies will hopefully be around for generations to come.
Aren’t they lucky?
You bet your bippie.

Free Ride – Edgar Winter Group

This song brings me way back.
Remember Tango, Blackberry Brandy and Sloe Gin Fizz?
I used to go to concerts played by popular area bands on Saturday nights at the Middle School in my hometown.
Ah, the memories.
There was usually one stall in the boy’s room coated with Tango splash monkeys by the end of the night.
This song made you feel better even though you were already feeling pretty damn good.
How can you not love that?

You Light Up My Life – Debbie Boone

Another song from the gurgling bowels of some netherworld I’m obviously unaware of.
It even has one of the smarmiest lines of lyrics anyone ever had the sack to write:

“It can’t be wrong, when it feels so right . . .”

It makes me feel better when I make believe the songwriter was talking about sticking his head straight up his ass, an observation this song truly deserves.
If you must know, yes, I’ve played this song for many weddings (and spit anything coming up into an empty Heineken bottle)
(and yes, I’m kidding…I usually vomit after the set, I’m a pro).
The only thing that would have made this song even remotely salvageable is if it were totally re-worked (and I mean totally) by the Talking Heads or Devo.


A few songs that didn’t make the list—

We gotta get you a woman – Todd Rundgren (I love Rundgren)

Tears of a Clown
– Smokey Robinson (how can you not like this tune?)

How can you mend a broken heart?
– Bee Gees (I know. Gay.)

Uncle Albert – McCartney (weird tune. that’s me.)

Frankenstein – Edgar Winter Group (albinos just can’t be this funky, he must be an alien)

There’s my list of 5 (+) tunes.
I could go on for days but . . .
I’m not tagging anyone but I’d love to see Hannah, Evyl, Miriam, Yvonne and Zoe do a post.
How’s about it guys?





10 thoughts on “Like a Glove

  1. I love Paul McCartney’s song “Uncle Albert” because it sounds more like a Beatle’s song to me than some of Wings’ other songs. 🙂

    I’ve thought the same thing for years.
    Funny you should mention it.


  2. nothing gay about the bee gees!! they’ve done some great stuff…some crap too, but then so have most…the bulk of their stuff is good…mind you being one short these days has slowed them down a bit 😯

    I’ll put it this way, back then I’d never admit to my circle of friends that I liked ‘Broken Heart’.
    Someone would have given me a boatload of noogies…


  3. Hey Mikey,
    Good list. I’m with you on Bowie and Steve Miller. And having my baby – blech…the creepiest song a man could sing about a woman. Ridiculous.

    It is creepy, isn’t it?
    I remember several people that actually liked the song.
    Wonder what they were smoking?


  4. My mom luuuuved the BeeGees. Hence I have a huge crush on Barry Gibb to this day.
    My songs from 1993:
    I’m Gonna Be (500 miles) – the Proclaimers – from the movie Benny & Joon. An upbeat AND romantic song.
    Bed of Roses – Bon Jovi – just what every girl wants to hear. I still melt when I hear this song.
    Runaway Train – Soul Asylum – I can’t remember why I liked this song so much. Maybe it’s because I heard it so much the summer I moved out of my parent’s house.
    Cryin’ – Aerosmith – Steven Tyler…Joe Perry…can it get any better than these rock gods?
    Candy Everybody Wants – 10,000 Maniacs – Natalie Merchant’s voice…I wish I had it.

    Interesting list, Lass.
    I must say our favorites in ’93 are quite different.
    Merchant’s voice has always had the ‘nails on a blackboard’ effect on me. Weird, huh?
    And I waited on Steven Tyler at the store and have to tell you the man looks to be @300 years old. No lie.
    Nice guy but weathered. Smokes cherry cavendish pipe tobacco.


  5. omg love the pic! Usual Suspects is one of my all time favorite movies!
    i think the BeeGees are gay too, but i secretly love them!

    I don’t think you’re alone, JB.


  6. Will get Zoe to do one early next week! She’s at her fathers for the weekend…..
    Great song choices btw!
    Cheers, Kelly

    No rush, Kel.
    When the little one gets around to it.


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