"These Eyes" vs. "No Time" vs. "American Woman" vs. "No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature"

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I never listen to classic rock radio, do these guys still get played amongst the Petty and Skynyrd, or are they considered too pop?

WNCX in Cleveland definitely still plays "American Woman," and I think I've caught "No Sugar Tonight" once in a while, but all the other hits are relegated to the oldies station. BTO is much better represented on classic rock radio, I think.

A Full Torgo Apparition (Phil D.), Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

i had to stare at the options waiting for the choruses of the 3 besides "American Woman" to slowly pop into my head, one at a time every 10 seconds. i made the mistake of voting after i recalled "No Time" but before recalling "No Sugar Tonight."

some dude, Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

I feel like classic rock radio retired American Woman for a few years after Lenny Kravitz made his version. It made me cranky!

dream words & nightmare paragraphs from a red factory in a dead town (Abbbottt), Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Interesting fact I learned today: Randy Bachman left the band because of friction between him and Burton Cummings over Bachman's Mormon beliefs.

Let A Man Come In And Do The Cop Porn (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 23 February 2012 18:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

I never listen to classic rock radio, do these guys still get played amongst the Petty and Skynyrd, or are they considered too pop?

Because of (archaic, if you ask me) Cancon rules, the Guess Who are played on Toronto's oldies and/or classic-rock stations almost as much as the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, etc. Cummings and Bachman are probably millionaires several times over thanks to a government decree 40 years ago that all programming must be 30% Canadian. Fludd and Chilliwack have not been as lucky.

clemenza, Thursday, 23 February 2012 19:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ha, Chilliwack! Yeah, that Canadian content law...

I'm looking at the playlist for my local oldies (not classic rock) station, and they have shifted so far away from the 60s/earlier 70s that used to be their bread and butter. (And 50s is non-existent, I know we talked about that on another thread.) The last 10 artists played:

Boston
ELO
Styx
Seger
Benatar
Billy Joel
Carly Simon
Doobies
Bill Withers
Van Halen

Ham House showdown (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 23 February 2012 19:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm guessing (ha!) The Guess Who and Three Dog Night and some of those more top 40 leaning early 70s acts show up occasionally, but they're really trying to play a bunch of the same Boston and Seger and Van Halen that the classic rock station plays.

Ham House showdown (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 23 February 2012 19:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

"No Time," but the correct answer is actually "Undun"

One could say the guess who were an "undud"

J. Sam, Thursday, 23 February 2012 19:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

Living within receiving range of Canadian radio stations as a teen was always interesting. It was like "Who are these bands?!?!" I always heard acts like Glass Tiger, Saga, Honeymoon Suite, Platinum Blonde, Sarah McLachlan, etc., long before they hit in the US.

A Full Torgo Apparition (Phil D.), Thursday, 23 February 2012 19:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Racking my brain for the Chilliwack song I remember; turns out it wasn't them at all, it was (Make Me Do) Anything You Want by A Foot In Coldwater.

Ham House showdown (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 23 February 2012 20:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 24 February 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Maybe this is obvious, but I always thought there was a significant part of the Black Crowes' template that came from these songs - I think "Share the Land" and "No Sugar Tonight" in particular.

timellison, Friday, 24 February 2012 01:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

How the mighty have fallen. "American Woman" would finish Top 10 of All-Time on countdowns at one point...up here it would, anyway. I proudly belong to a vanishing breed of people who remember deep GW cuts!

clemenza, Friday, 24 February 2012 01:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

I missed this! Would have probably voted for "No Time" but "American Woman" is pretty great.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Friday, 24 February 2012 05:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

There are a few Canadians on here who skipped this...I've contacted the Department of Citizenship about all of you.

clemenza, Friday, 24 February 2012 05:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Canadian music industry named its annual award the Junos in Mr. Juneau’s honor.

oh man I never got that before

Stormy Davis, Friday, 24 February 2012 22:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Always figured it was after the Roman goddess.

Can You Please POLL Out Your Window? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 February 2012 23:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Holy cow--would never have guessed that Cancon's architect was still alive, and would never have jinxed him if I'd known he was.

clemenza, Friday, 24 February 2012 23:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

You know what would be a great sample? The little electric-piano part that goes right after he first sings "These eyes..."

Fonz Hour (Eazy), Saturday, 25 February 2012 00:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Missed this poll - would've voted "Sugar," although my favorite of theirs on principle is "Clap For The Wolfman." Love the whole concept, nobody writes songs like that anymore.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 25 February 2012 01:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

Years and years ago on a defunct and sort of stilted blog I wrote this:

While not utterly obscure (I'm pretty sure this is on a few of their greatest hits compilations), "Clap For The Wolfman" definitely hasn't gotten the airplay of, say, "American Woman" or "No Time." The reason for this is probably mainly due to the fact that those other songs are much better and more rocking. But "Clap For The Wolfman" has a tremendous charm, thanks to its unique premise: a guy wants to pick up a girl, but she gives him the cold shoulder while focusing all her attention on to the Wolfman Jack's radio program. To add insult to injury, the Wolfman himself (a weird-voiced syndicated DJ of the times) actually guests on the track to make such boasts as, "You thought she was diggin' you, but she was diggin' me! Ha ha ha!" The chorus doesn't really relate to the plot of the song - if the Wolfman's stealing your girl, why would you clap for him? - but it does feature hand-claps to go along with the "clap for the Wolfman" idea. I can't dispute that.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 25 February 2012 01:30 (2 years ago) Permalink


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