Welcome to the new neighborhood. The Hits Just Keep On Comin’ lives here now, so adjust your bookmarks to jabartlett.wordpress.com. If you get this blog via an RSS reader, such as My Yahoo, the new feed address is jabartlett.wordpress.com/feed/.
I think we’re going to be pretty happy over here at WordPress, although a few things are going to be different. The LastFM playlist box, which showed what I’ve been listening to, is gone. However, you can still find my recent tracks and top artists, if you care, by clicking “What I’m Listening To” under “Pages” in the right-hand column. You can also find my radio schedule there, if you care about that, by clicking “jb on the Radio.” The archive for the entire history of this blog is here at WordPress, and I’ve categorized many (but not all) of the posts in it–so if you dig the Top 5s or posts about radio, it should be somewhat easier to find them.
And speaking of the Top 5, let’s inaugurate the new place with a thematically appropriate one.
“Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)”/Billy Joel. A song about upward mobility, featuring one of Joel’s great lines, about “savin’ his pennies for someday.” The only version you hear on the radio anymore features sound effects of a moving van pulling away. I remember hearing a version back in the day without the sound effects, which makes it a better record. (Chart peak: #17–and I’m surprised that it didn’t do better–May 27, 1978.)
“Movin’ On”/Bad Company. Another rock-star-on-the-road song, refreshing if only because the singer doesn’t indulge in Fogelbergian whining about how awful it is to be a rock star on the road. Also brought some welcome crunch to an otherwise mellow period for the Top 40. (Chart peak: #19, March 1, 1975.)
“Move Away”/Culture Club. Few bands in any era were as hot from the jump as Culture Club–six straight Top 10 singles in a little more than a year from the winter of ’83 to the spring of ’84. After three more singles in 1984, the band went on hiatus, Boy George got hooked on heroin, and they lost their momentum. “Move Away” was their final American hit. (Chart peak: #12, May 31, 1986.)
“Move It on Over”/Hank Williams and His Drifting Cowboys. Famously recorded by George Thorogood and the Destroyers, the first version of “Move It on Over” was by its composer, Hank Williams, and it became his first hit single in the fall of 1947. Allmusic.com’s Thomas Ward notes that it’s almost identical in structure and melody to Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock,” thus making it one of the foundation stones of rock and roll. (Did not make pop chart.)
“Movin'”/Brass Construction. A reader e-mailed me not long ago asking if I remember a radio show called The National Album Countdown. Indeed I do–I listened to it regularly, especially during 1976. It was how I learned about Brass Construction, a funk/disco band that released a bunch of singles but only made the Top 40 once–with “Movin’,” an instrumental edited down from a 16-minute jam. This didn’t get a lot of airplay on the stations I listened to–except on The National Album Countdown. It did top the R&B chart, however–and it’s definitely got that great 70s R&B feel of pre-disco disco. So put on your Qiana shirt, bell bottoms, and platform shoes, and hit the floor. (Chart peak: #14, June 26, 1976.)
(Buy all the Brass Construction you’ll ever need here.)