On Saturday morning I received a small package, a 45, from my pal Sal Maida. A few weeks ago he asked if I had heard of a tune by Sam Hawkins called "Hold On Baby." I said no and so now, here it was and here it is.
A Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich tune that, as another friend put it, is a bit of "The In-Crowd meets 1-2-3," "Hold On Baby" stayed on my turntable for most of the day. Greatest record ever? Of course, not. But man, what a record!
I immediately went into my tired old rant to no one in particular. "They just don't make records like this anymore" followed by a couple of "it was so much better back thens" and "pop music sure stinks todays."
When I got my BP back down to a healthy level, I put on Sly & The Family Stone's debut "A Whole New Thing" because why not? Do you know this tune? Track 3, Side 1.
Jeez Louise! What a record! I mean, who makes records like this with real musicians these days?
Not this guy--
"The Man" by Aloe Blacc has officially become the most irritating song in recent memory, mainly because there are millions of people who are more than fine with it. Here's how it goes: steal a line and melody from a classic, create something that is unoriginal and ultimately lousy and cash in. That's how you do it. Shamelessly.
This wasn't supposed to be another "get off my lawn" post. I really only wanted to share the two tunes up top as a follow-up to last week's post about terrible songs and ask for some of your favorite "records," as opposed to songs. But you can't watch a sporting event without hearing Aloe Blacc's "The Man" at every break and I needed to vent.
Where and when did it all go wrong?
We need more good records!
Man! What a record!