The Weekly One Hit Wonder
Posted 04 April 2007 - 10:58 AM
At the theaters, Mel ruled the roost with Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstien, and disater fims were all the rage, with The Towering Inferno, Airport 1975, and Earthquake grossing big at the box office. Sequels also made money, as Herbie the Love Bug rode again, Billy Jack went to trial, and unbelievably, Godfather II was even better than the first.
On the Boob Tube, Florida Evans left her job as Maude's maid and let the Good Times roll. (I never could figure out how a woman living in the projects of Chicago commuted all the way to New York to clean house). The spinoofs continued, with Rhoda leaving the apartment above Mary's, (she was finer than Mary, I think),
President Nixon resigned Live!, on tv. Happy Days debuts, and within a few years, Fonzie turns into a cartoon of, well, himself. Other debuts in 1974 included The Rockford Files, Policewoman, Chico and the Man, and one of the coolest saturday morning shows ever, The Land of the Lost. (Sleestacks scared the crap out of me). Monty Python's Flying Circus airs it's final episode in the UK, and debuts on American TV.
In music, The Doobs release 'What Once Were Vices Are Now Bad Habits' (a great title), spawning the hit 'Black Water' (which, if I remember correctly reading somewhere, was a B-side). The Captain and Tenille got married. Cher files for divorce. The Ramones play their very first concert in New York. Peter Wolf marries Faye Dunaway. (Wow! I did not know that!).
Some self titled debut album released in 1974:
And speaking of self titled debut albums, that brings me to the next one hit wonder, the Scottish band...
and their one hit wonder,
Their debut album, Pilot, was produced by Alan Parsons. The band members were:
David Paton: Bass
Billy Lyall: Keyboard
Stuart Tosh: Drums
Ian Bairnson: Guitar
Some of these names (Paton and Lyall), you may recognize from another Scottish band, The Bay City Rollers.
The song was poppy, fun, bubblegum fare. I liked it a lot, though, and still do to this day. The song reached #11 in the UK, but made it all the way to #4 on the Billboard charts. They did have another hit in the UK, 'January', which went all the way to #1, but for the purposes of this thread, I'm sticking to the US charts.
They had a few other songs that charted, 'Call Me Round', & 'Just A Smile', but they were very, very minor, and barely made a sound. Not that I could find, anyway.
The video. (I didn't know there was one!!!)
In 1977, with only two members remaining(Paton and Bairson), Pilot released their 4th and final album.
Pilot (From the Album of the Same Name) - (1974)
Second Flight - (1975)
Morin Heights - (1976)
Two's a Crowd - (1977)
1978 came along, and Tosh, Paton, and Bairnson became members of The Alan Parsons Project.
Tosh also worked with 10cc.
Posted 04 April 2007 - 12:04 PM
Also contained the song "Road Angel". Great song. The band's best album!!
Posted 05 April 2007 - 05:08 PM
Great thread, btw.
Posted 11 April 2007 - 05:34 PM
Anyway, moving on to the third entry in the thread, following the trend, I'm going back a little further, to 1970. What was going on then? Let's take a look, shall we?
In 1970, the average cost of a gallon of gas was .36 cents, to fill the tank of your Plymouth Fury, which cost $3.600, right off the showroom floor. A new house would run you around $24,000, and you could mail a letter anywhere in the world for .06 cents.
At the movies, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice & a bunch of stuff us kids weren't allowed to see, M*A*S*H gave us an ever-so-brief glimpse of Sally Kellerman's girl parts, George Lazenby made an even briefer appearance as 007, Patton slapped the crap out of some shell-shocked soldier, then apologized (without really apologizing). And the greatest soundtrack of all accompanied, in my opinion, the purest music movie ever, Woodstock.
On the not quite boob, but getting there fast, tube, Josie and the Pussycats set the standard for little boys, like myself, who watched them every saturday morning, but weren't quite sure why they were so interesting. With Flip Wilson, what you saw was what you got, Mary Richards turned the world on with her smile, and the Partridge Family spawned Danny Bonaduce.
The music scene was pretty darned good.
1970's freshman class* included Queen,The Doobie Brothers, Stxy, and ELO
(*meaning they formed, not necessarily releasing anything)
Some pretty darned good albums:
George Harrison ~ All Things Must Pass
Neil Young ~ After the Goldrush
The Beatles ~ Let It Be
Black Sabbath ~ Paranoid
Janis Joplin ~ Pearl
James Brown ~ Sex Machine
The Doors ~ Morrison Hotel
Simon decided he was just about tired of carrying Garfunkel, and went on his own (kinda like George Michael and that other Wham guy, only 20 years earlier)
The Monkees, still imitating the Beatles, broke up. (actually, I rather like a bunch of Monkees songs)
On the charts, the above mentioned Simon and Garfunkel's last effort, Bridge over Troubled Water, was number one, The carpenters longed to be close to you, the Jackson 5 sang their ABCs, and coming in at Number One on the charts the week of April 27, 1970, we had...
The Ides of March ~ Vehicle
A great, ballsy, crunchy song I've always loved, and invariably makes the cut on any 70's mix cd I burn. The Ides of March were born in 1964, in a basement in Berwyn, Illinois. Originally a guitars , bass and drums band, they later added a horn section.
'Vehicle' was written by Jim Peterik*. A lot of people think the song is about a dark perv, trying to lure girls into his car, but in actuality, it was written about an ex-girlfriend of Peterik, who, after their breakup, continued to call him and ask for rides here and there and everywhere. Peterik says he finally got fed up and told her "I'm just your vehicle", and it clicked with him.
Instead of writing the whole story:
This is really a great song. The horn section is simply spot-on pure energy, and rivals anything Tower of Power or Chicago ever did. (Early Chicago, not that 80's crap, after Peter Cetera castrated them).
Anyway, give it a listen, and be sure and crank it up!!
* after doing some research, I have found out a lot about Jim Peterik. this guy has been ariound for 40 years in the music business. Before Ides, he was in a band called the Chitown Hustlers (I couldn't find any music on line), and after Ides, he founded Survivor (Eye of the Tiger), then was with .38 Special for a long time, cowriting a bunch of their hits (Wild Eyed Southern Boys, Hold on Loosely, Rockin' Into the Night, Caught Up in You, Fantasy Girl, among others).
In 1990, Jim reunited with Ides, then in 1993, went back to Survivor. In 1997, back to Ides, where's he's been ever since. They still tour.
The Ides of March, 1970:
Posted 11 April 2007 - 06:10 PM
Posted 11 April 2007 - 08:57 PM
The vocalist of BS&T that you're speaking of is David Clayton Thomas, who was on board for their greatest commercial recordings, although I prefer the first BS&T album, with Al Kooper, and even the unheralded New Blood album, featuring Jerry Fisher.
Here's a nice summary of Blood, Sweat & Tears' history: