"Nadia's Theme (The Young And The Restless)" by Barry DeVorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr. -- God help us all.
"The Night Chicago Died" by Paper Lace -- another book recommendation (if you've never read it) is Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs. In that, one of his readers mentions that the lyrics say that "Daddy was a cop on the East Side" ... and her response was "What? Daddy patrolled Lake Michigan?" I've never been able to listen to the song in the same way. Not that I was crazy about it before.....
"The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" by Vicki Lawrence -- yep. I remember this one pretty well.
"One Tin Soldier (The Legend of Billy Jack)" by Coven -- You know where I learned this one? BIBLE SCHOOL. Yes, the annual Methodist-Presbyterian Bible School in town, and I learned this one there, along with "They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love." Apparently no one in town realized just how progressive the Methodists and Presbyterians were in the 70s.
"One Toke Over the Line" by Brewer and Shipley -- I love this song. When I was a kid, I honestly thought it was a semi-religious song. Well, he mentioned both Jesus and Mary. I later realized that he mighta THOUGHT he was having a religious experience. I think he forgot it was "puff-puff-GIVE! puff-puff-GIVE!"
"O-o-h Child" by The Five Stairsteps -- if I am having a lousy day, all I have to do is listen to this song, and I am better. I swear, it is the best pick-me-up song there is.
"Play that Funky Music" by Wild Cherry -- I will always love this song. Funny thing: at my 10 year reunion, they played all manner of 80s music, and not many people were on the dance floor. They put this song on, and the floor was packed.
"Playground in My Mind" by Clint Holmes -- oh my sweet Lord! The agony, the pain! Make it stop, make it stop!!!!
"Please Come to Boston" by Dave Loggins -- I happen to love this song. Another "Summer Memory Song" and one that I've always liked.
"Pop Muzik" by M -- not a bad song. My cousins and I had a long-running discussion about music one day at Granny's (no less!), and this song was mentioned a few times. I have no idea what we discussed or why, but I do remember this one being part of it.
"Popcorn" by Hot Butter -- brought to you by Orville Redenbacher.... :)
"Precious and Few" by Climax -- I wish that "precious and few" were the times they trotted this song outta mothballs.
"The Power of Gold" by (Dan Fogelberg and) Tim Weisberg (Fogelberg is not a one-hit wonder) -- I sort of remember when it first came out, and over the years as I have heard it on occasion, I have grown to like it. But then again, I like Fogelberg (there. I said it).
"Put Your Hand In The Hand" by Ocean -- I remember this one well. We sang it at church, too. And my mother says I used to love it when it came on the radio. I can still sing it.
"Rainbow Connection" by Kermit the Frog -- Sorry, Tal. I like this one. But then again, I've always had a thing for Kermy......
"The Rapper" by Jaggerz -- bleh. Moving on.
"Reflections of My Life" by Marmalade -- okay, it's sappy and drippy, and makes you want to climb to the top of a tower and threaten bodily harm to yourself. But I still find myself listening to it whenever it comes on. Has a Hollies-like sound to it.
"Ride Captain Ride" by The Blues Image -- Love it. Always have. Always will.
"Right Place Wrong Time" by Dr. John -- great artist, and good song!
"Ring My Bell" by Anita Ward -- another great dance song.
"Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo" by Rick Derringer -- another one that's been B2AC (burned to a crisp) on classic rock stations.
"Rock On" by David Essex -- well, I like it a whole lot more than the weasely 80s remake by Michael Damian!
"Rose Garden" by Lynn Anderson -- I beg YOUR pardon. Smarmy, snarky and silly.
"Satin Sheets" by Jeanne Pruett -- Lord, I figured this one had been around longer than the 70s. Another "money isn't everything" song. Snore.
"Seasons in the Sun" by Terry Jacks -- The worst song of the 70s. Had America partaken of the brown acid? Did they get aholt of some paraquat-laden Colombian? SHEEEESH! But there was a damn good parody in 1987 re the PTL scandal, set to this tune: "We had joy, we had fun / We had condos in the sun / And we won't go to hell / 'cause we gave to PTL!"
"Shaving Cream" by Benny Bell -- loved this novelty song. Kiss-FM (back in the 80s) was a Top 40 station, and were known for having a bit of a raucous morning show (hey, it wasn't Stern, but for this area....). "Shaving Cream," "Peter the Meter Reader," "Telephone Man," and Kip Adotta's "Wet Dream" were among the classics they played. God, I miss them.
"Smiling Faces Sometimes" by The Undisputed Truth -- great soul song, and true words.
"Smoke From a Distant Fire" by Sanford/Townsend Band -- one of my very favorite songs from the 70s. Awesome, awesome, awesome!
"Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum -- the ultimate one-hit wonder from the 70s. The guy dropped off the face of the earth and was found running a goat farm in California ... or something like that. Hey, he was true to his ideals, when many of the hippies got corporate jobs once they hit 30. I give the guy credit.
"Stumblin' In" by Suzi Quatro and Chris Norman -- oh my!!! Fond summer memories of this one. Suzi had just finished her stint as Leather Tuscadero. I still love this song. Dadgum shame that she didn't get as much exposure here in the US as she got in the UK and Europe. She's practically a rock goddess there.
"Sunshine" by Jonathan Edwards -- love this song. I remember as a kid being a little shocked by the line "I'll be damned if he'll run mine...." Then again, you gotta remember, I was raised Pentecostal. I was lucky that my folks didn't make me turn the station whenever the song played. Funny ... now that I think about it, they never said boo about the word. Hmm.
"Teddy Bear" by Red Sovine -- oh God. Another poor dying child communicates via the CB song. Red Sovine, king of trucker music.
"Telephone Man" by Meri Wilson -- singing "hey lolly lolly, hey lolly lolly!" (see "Shaving Cream," above).
"Third Rate Romance" by The Amazing Rhythm Aces -- I love this song. I loved Sammy Kershaw's cover in the 90s. Great song!
"Tighter, Tighter" by Alive and Kicking -- if I'm not mistaken, produced by Tommy James. Good song!
"Timothy" by Buoys -- a song about cannibalism (maybe...) hits the Top 40. Written by Rupert Holmes, who also brought us a song about some tropical drink.
"Tubular Bells" by Mike Oldfield -- I still get chills to hear this song.....
"Turn The Beat Around" by Vicki Sue Robinson -- an awesome dance tune!
"Undercover Angel" by Alan O'Day -- Not a bad song. I remember there being a bit of controversy in the late 80s from fundy preachers who claimed that the song promoted homosexuality.... see, if all angels are of the male persuasion, and Mr. O'Day made love to one, then...... Idjits!
"Vehicle" by The Ides of March -- awesome rockin' tune!
"Venus" by Shocking Blue -- ehhhhhhh. I can take or leave this one. I got very accustomed to the Bananarama version. Either way, the song itself helped me tremendously in the summer of '86. It set the mood for my study of mythology as part of my AP Summer Reading List.
"Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles -- HA! This one ISN'T from the 80s. But it does have the distinction of being MTV's first video played in 1981. Of course, that was back when MTV actually PLAYED videos. When was the last time they did that for 24 hours?!?!?!
"The Wedding Song (There Is Love)" by Paul Stookey -- GAAAAAAG! I hate this song. I'm so glad that at the weddings I've sung in, NO ONE has asked me to do this one. Thank you, Lord, for small miracles.
"Welcome Back" by John Sebastian -- didn't they do a TV show about this song? ;)
"What You Won't Do for Love" by Bobby Caldwell -- now THIS is a fine, fine song, and I never tire of hearing it. When I was 8, I went to bed early with a horrible headache (probably a migraine, but I didn't know it then). Light bothered me, but sound did not. My mother let me go to sleep on their bed, and turned on the radio. There was a soft blue light (from the display) that emanated the room, and this song was on. Thoughts of my headache immediately vanished in the wonder of how that room was transformed. I learned then the power that music had to create a mood ... and I still adore that song! So thank you, Bobby Caldwell, wherever you are.
"The White Knight" by Cledus Maggard and the Citizen's Band -- oh my GOD!!!! I had this one on 45, and I played it over and over and over, along with "Convoy" (and why wasn't THAT one listed on Wiki's list!?). Ah, the CB craze......
"Wildflower" by Skylark -- yuck. Just yuck.
"Woman to Woman" by Shirley Brown -- hmm. Didn't Barbara Mandrell remake this one too? So much for being country when country wasn't cool.......
"Yellow River" by Christie -- written by I.P. Daily.
"You Light Up My Life" by Debby Boone -- Okay, TIED with "Seasons in the Sun" for worst dreck ever. GAAAAAAAG!!!!!!!