The other day I did a back-of-the-envelope calculation regarding the number of words I write every week, both here and at WNEW.com, and it came out to something like 7,000. No wonder my brain hurts. I am up to eight posts a week at WNEW, and I try to tweet them when they appear so you can read them if you want. Over the last week or so, I haven’t done a very good job of this, so here’s a quick digest of the most recent stuff.
Bands We’ve Forgotten: A brand-new post just up this morning about five acts who were big on the radio 25 years ago but who have slipped back into the obscurity from whence they came.
“That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be”: composed in the car, more or less, in about 20 minutes, more or less, after hearing Carly Simon on the radio one day, and thinking about her song as an artifact of a particular moment in the history of American culture. (Eye-candy alert: features video of Carly Simon at age 26, looking just smoking hot.)
Rock Flashback: Albert King: about the master bluesman on the occasion of what would have been his 88th birthday.
The Bee Gees, in a Can: another edition of my relatively new Bottom Five feature, in which I look at the albums at positions 196 through 200 on the Billboard album chart in a bygone week. These posts are fun to write, but I am not convinced they’re interesting to anybody but me.
Rock Flashback: Pete Ham and Tom Evans: about Badfinger’s doomed songwriting pair.
So that takes care of the posts that have gone up since the last time I tweeted anything. A couple of other recent ones you may have missed that I’m especially pleased with:
The Streak: about the streaking fad, which was all the rage 37 years ago this spring, and the gigantic novelty hit it inspired.
The Last of Sgt. Pepper and Yellow Submarine, Religious Symbol: a couple of Beatle-themed posts about the audio in the runout groove on vinyl editions of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and about a 1970 newspaper article describing counterculture churches that adopted the yellow submarine to symbolize their worldview.
Coming later this week at WNEW.com are posts about a 1971 concert that marked the first TV appearances by a couple of people who are still famous today, about the opening of Paul McCartney’s Wings Over America tour in 1976, and about the 40th anniversary of the Stones’ “Brown Sugar.”
Coming on this blog later in the week: More about 45 versions versus album versions courtesy of Yah Shure. And if get around to writing it, some inside radio baseball about the top of the hour.
Recommended Reading Elsewhere: Flea Market Funk on 45 adapters. You’ve probably got one, but you may not know just how many different kinds there are, or that some people are very particular about them.