Sunday, May 12, 2019

I Went...SIRIUS...All The Way Home (again)

(a short jaunt)

"Effigy" - Creedence Clearwater Revival / "Willy and the Poor Boys" (1969)

You just don't hear this one often.  The song was written in one of those darker keys that hint of bad moons rising.  Fogerty was inspired by President Nixon's attitude toward the war protesters, if I remember right.  It's moody and portent.  And if the song was two minutes shorter it would be perfect.

"Friends of Mine" - The Zombies / "Odessey and Oracle" (1968)

I really like this song, and yet it only made #6 on my favorite songs from the bands classic "Odessey and Oracle" album.  That's how strong this pop-psych masterpiece really is.  "Friends..." is the Zombies tribute to a few of the love birds wandering around in their world at the time.  If you listen closely, you can hear their names.  I watched a clip of original members, Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent performing a couple of songs at a bookshop and they are still amazing.

"Nightrider" - Electric Light Orchestra / "Face the Music" (1975)

Somehow I'm only just now discovering this song.  How was this not a hit?  Should've become classic radio fodder long ago.  What an underrated song.  And those cellos are so badass on this.  Jeff Lynne certainly knew his way around a catchy arrangement.  Makes it look and sound so simple.  This was from the same album that fed us "Strange Magic" and "Evil Woman."


Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

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