Super Hits of The 70s: Have A Nice Day, Vol. 2

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Volume 2 finds us in the midst of the Nederpop Invasion, and also introduces us to the amazing Tony Burrows, who sings a whopping three of the numbers included here.

Super Hits of The 70s: Have A Nice Day, Vol. 1

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Norman Greenbaum (1970): "Spirit in the Sky" (Greenbaum) – 3:57 14
George Baker Selection (1970): "Little Green Bag" (Johannes Bouwens, Jan Visser) – 3:21 11
Edison Lighthouse (1970): "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" (Tony Macaulay, Barry Mason) – 2:51 7
Vanity Fare (1970): "Hitchin' a Ride" (Peter Callander, Mitch Murray) – 2:37 4
The Poppy Family (1970): "Which Way You Goin' Billy?" (Susan Jacks) – 3:10 4
The Marmalade (1970): "Reflections of My Life" (Junior Campbell, Dean Ford) – 4:18 3
White Plains (1970): "My Baby Loves Lovin'" (Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway)– 2:38 1
Bobbi Martin (1970): "For the Love of Him" (Al Mortimer, Martin) – 2:35 0
The Tee Set (1970): "Ma Belle Amie" (Hans Van Eijck, Peter Tetteroo) – 3:10 0
The Brotherhood of Man (1970): "United We Stand" (Tony Hiller, Peter Simmons) – 2:54 0
Ray Stevens (1970): "Everything Is Beautiful" (Stevens) – 3:29 0
Robin McNamara (1970): "Lay a Little Lovin' on Me" (Jeff Barry, Jim Cretecos, McNamara) – 3:04 0


Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 17:00 (six months ago) Permalink

Whew, this one is much tougher. At least we can safely chuck Ray Stevens in the river.

('For the Love of Him' just came up on shuffle this morning after several other similar instructive songs on how a woman should mold herself and her life for a man (e.g. 'Wishin' and Hopin'') and I was thinking that I should start a thread dedicated to pop songs with cringeworthy conservative lyrics. That could wind up being a pretty huge thread.)

Buttholt Brecht (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 17:10 (six months ago) Permalink

I'M GONNA GO TO THE PLACE THAT'S THE BEST

paul mccartney & whinge (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 17:12 (six months ago) Permalink

SitS is in my engineering HOF; key change in LGwMRG!

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 17:24 (six months ago) Permalink

Love Grows vs. Spirit In the Sky here.

We can be herpes (Tom D.), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 17:28 (six months ago) Permalink

I kinda hate Spirit in the Sky so going with the Reservoir Dogs entry

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 17:29 (six months ago) Permalink

The track's original title was "Little Greenback",[4] in reference to the color of the US dollar. The first line of the lyric, "Lookin' back on the track for a little greenback", has three rhymes (underlined); "green bag" would not be a true rhyme. However, the single was given the erroneous title, "Little Green Bag", which some took to be a "bag of marijuana". The "Little Green Bag" title was then retained for all subsequently released versions of the single as well as the group's 1970 debut album, also titled Little Green Bag.

...

In 2017 Hans Bouwens recorded a new version titled Lidl Brown Bag as an advert for the fresh-baked breadrolls of the Lidl-chainstore-supermarkets.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 17:31 (six months ago) Permalink

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/cryptosicko/playlist/287Njs5u0QJHSgiDKpMlNW?si=fjS4GLKXQs6pby-saXvh8w

I'm not entirely sure if the "Lay a Little Lovin' on Me" here is an original or a re-recorded version. I've tried to avoid falling into the trap of adding the latter versions of any of these songs, but in this case, it is the only one I could find that is at least by Robin McNamara.

Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 17:35 (six months ago) Permalink

Listened to this last night as mentioned and yeah, "For the Love of Him," dear god. "I am sorry you're mad at me because you haven't said anything, even though I have no idea whether you are actually mad at me. In fact you've done nothing all evening but come home and say nothing and frown. I ABNEGATE MYSELF."

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 17:38 (six months ago) Permalink

I can only assume that Alfred will be eventually getting around to "Everything is Beautiful" in his Worst Songs Ever series.

My vote might end up going to "Which Way You Goin' Billy?" which I was inspired to check out years ago based on the fantastic chapter on them in that great Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth book from the early 2000s.

Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 17:38 (six months ago) Permalink

XPS The Spotify "Love Grows..." is a re-record.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 17:39 (six months ago) Permalink

xpost

("them" = The Poppy Family)

Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 17:39 (six months ago) Permalink

XPS The Spotify "Love Grows..." is a re-record.

Ugh. It was the only version on there that *didn't* say "re-recorded" so I thought I was safe with that one.

Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 17:41 (six months ago) Permalink

I've always, always been amused at the sorta-galumphing way "Ma Belle Amie" goes in the verses. Buh, buh, buh-duh-duh-duh. "A Child's Introduction to Organ and Drum Fills."

My favorite comment on "Hitchin' a Ride" when this comp came out came from Chuck Eddy, IIRC, basically saying that thanks the goony recorder and the dipshit grins you can sense these were the perfect candidates to be killed by the rednecks at the end of Easy Rider.

When the Marmalade guy gets 'soulful' at moments it kills the song. Can I blame Blood Sweat and Tears for that kind of bullshit?

Too many choices I could pick if I had to but "Little Green Bag" still sounds great, like actually sonically great. ("Spirit" too, really.)

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 17:43 (six months ago) Permalink

XP Here's the original

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9XyhFQeob0

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 17:43 (six months ago) Permalink

The Protogoth Poppy Family freaks me out and I love it. 'Where Evil Grows' ftw.

(Thanks for hipping me to the existence of that book, btw. Looks like a must-buy.)

Buttholt Brecht (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 17:47 (six months ago) Permalink

some classics here, 'Hitchin A Ride' 'Lay a Little Lovin On Me'

campreverb, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 18:00 (six months ago) Permalink

When the Marmalade guy gets 'soulful' at moments it kills the song. Can I blame Blood Sweat and Tears for that kind of bullshit?

<Paging Clemenza and his David Clayton-Thomas Theory.>

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 18:00 (six months ago) Permalink

I've somehow never heard (or heard of) that Bobbi Martin track before now.

This is totally "Little Green Bag" for me. What a bass line!

even in your onion (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 18:10 (six months ago) Permalink

<Paging Clemenza and his David Clayton-Thomas Theory.>

I agree with this theory already.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 18:15 (six months ago) Permalink

I think the Spotify "My Baby Loves Lovin'" is also a re-record. This one on Youtube sounds more analog and dense re: harmonies & orchestration

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWn_W3vOjDw

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 18:17 (six months ago) Permalink

Man, Spotify is doing Tony Burrows dirty...all three of his tracks are re-records! The "United We Stand" one sounds like it was cut in a closet w/a Casio! Here's the original...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=460INShy3BU

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 18:26 (six months ago) Permalink

and here's the original "Lay A Little Lovin' On Me"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJXW-9Hblts

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 18:36 (six months ago) Permalink

The lowest circle of hell is reserved for whoever came up with the idea of the re-record.

Jeff W, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 19:20 (six months ago) Permalink

1. "Love Grows" (the "Like a Rolling Stone" of the K-Tel world)
2. "Hitchin' a Ride"
3. White Plains or Robin McNamara

Don't really hate anything on there...tired of "Spirit in the Sky," though. I'd probably recognize "Reflections of My Life" off the radio, but I'm drawing a blank right now. I had an 8-Track of the Tee Set album.

clemenza, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 19:55 (six months ago) Permalink

Edison Lighthouse 4EVA

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 20:35 (six months ago) Permalink

I kinda hate Spirit in the Sky so going with the Reservoir Dogs entry

― Οὖτις, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 12:29 PM (four hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Notably, another song from this comp is mentioned (but not played) by Steven Wright's DJ.

Buttholt Brecht (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 21:38 (six months ago) Permalink

ooh this is tough

i love Spirit & Little Green Bag, but i also very much enjoy Rosemary! and Hitchin A Ride! and Lay a Little Lovin! My Baby Loves Lovin! i am going to weigh this heavily but will prob go with Spirit why bcz fuzzrock.

“Which Waaaay You Goin Billleeeeeee” is nice & kinda Carpentery/Linda Ronstadtish in a v good way...but also sounds like the warm bathtub in which i would open my wrists. And the outro is too goddamn long

“Ma Belle Amie” annoys me more than it amuses me.

Reflections is ~almost~ great! the McCartney Beatley bassline & other late period Beatley qualities with horns & strings. AND such & a fking killer crescendo in the chorus! but i fking haaaate the stilted dumb robot lyrics so it gets bumped down a little

For The Love of Him - a more uptempo warm bath in which I open my wrists. Bobby sings the shit out of it but god its so depressing.

United We Stand chorus sounds like an ad jingle for a mortgage broker or a bank or something.

Ray Stevens uuuuuuug bleuch

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 7 June 2018 00:20 (six months ago) Permalink

"Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)"

Bee OK, Thursday, 7 June 2018 00:24 (six months ago) Permalink

Never noticed how Motown-y the verses are on "My Baby..."

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 7 June 2018 01:04 (six months ago) Permalink

Just noticed something on the prior poll being Motown-inflected as well.

And Nobody POLLS Like Me (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 7 June 2018 01:07 (six months ago) Permalink

Little Green Bag has that slinky bass line and laid back vocals on the verses then it busts out into a Tom Jones number in the chorus.

earlnash, Thursday, 7 June 2018 01:15 (six months ago) Permalink

Although now I can’t remember. Unless it was this poll. The riff on “Love Grows...” may be reminiscent of “I Was Made To Love Her.”

And Nobody POLLS Like Me (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 7 June 2018 01:16 (six months ago) Permalink

Hey, there is also a good cover of that one by Freedy Johnston and also a version by Frida, in Swedish! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qboon-IQdIk

And Nobody POLLS Like Me (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 7 June 2018 01:42 (six months ago) Permalink

Along with more than one version by Sonny & Cher

And Nobody POLLS Like Me (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 7 June 2018 01:51 (six months ago) Permalink

Just noticed something on the prior poll being Motown-inflected as well.

"More Today Than Yesterday" pops up on some Northern Soul comps.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 7 June 2018 01:53 (six months ago) Permalink

gotta go with the dutch again on this one! not overall a fan of dutch pop but they sure could put together some good singles.

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Thursday, 7 June 2018 02:03 (six months ago) Permalink

It is amazing how so many of these songs have just totally faded into obscurity.

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 7 June 2018 02:19 (six months ago) Permalink

for you maybe :D

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 7 June 2018 02:24 (six months ago) Permalink

I think one of the problems is that when it came time for a lot of these to become oldies was around the same time that oldies stations started leaning harder on Classic Rock stuff.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 7 June 2018 02:37 (six months ago) Permalink

Poppy Family! Not their best song but they’re underrated.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 7 June 2018 04:18 (six months ago) Permalink

The lowest circle of hell is reserved for whoever came up with the idea of the re-record.
haha otm

niels, Thursday, 7 June 2018 09:09 (six months ago) Permalink

may be my headphones but most of these sound like rerecordings to me right now

niels, Thursday, 7 June 2018 09:15 (six months ago) Permalink

Isn't basically a way for the bands to make some money? Let's face it, a lot of whom were probably ripped off first time round. It's also possible they didn't play on the original recordings and therefore made no money at all.

We can be herpes (Tom D.), Thursday, 7 June 2018 09:48 (six months ago) Permalink

rosemary likes to go around *ahem* fertilizing

andrew m., Thursday, 7 June 2018 14:00 (six months ago) Permalink

and then love grows there

andrew m., Thursday, 7 June 2018 14:00 (six months ago) Permalink

Never realized that was a song about an illicit-shitting fetish before now.

Buttholt Brecht (Old Lunch), Thursday, 7 June 2018 14:04 (six months ago) Permalink

:(

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 7 June 2018 14:27 (six months ago) Permalink

having read that i voted for the song

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 7 June 2018 14:30 (six months ago) Permalink

Fun fact: Vol 2 has 3 songs all sung by the same session singer Tony Burrows: Love Grows, My Baby Loves Lovin & United We Stand

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Burrows

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 7 June 2018 14:34 (six months ago) Permalink

Yesssssss, Tony Burrows! That's the guy! I know that there's a dude who had a multitude of '70s hits with different bands but I can never remember the songs in question (also 'Gimme Dat Ding' and 'Beach Baby'!).

This Bobo Isn't Going to Honk Itself (Old Lunch), Thursday, 7 June 2018 14:39 (six months ago) Permalink

4yo MVB once threw a shopping-mall tantrum bc "Spirit" was playing over the PA and mom wanted to leave before it ended :(

Scape: Goat-fired like a dog! (Myonga Vön Bontee), Thursday, 7 June 2018 15:07 (six months ago) Permalink

gotta go greenbaum. that fried guitar crunch groove. so satisfying.

andrew m., Thursday, 7 June 2018 15:10 (six months ago) Permalink

Yesssssss, Tony Burrows! That's the guy! I know that there's a dude who had a multitude of '70s hits with different bands but I can never remember the songs in question (also 'Gimme Dat Ding' and 'Beach Baby'!).

Ron Dante is shaking his head. Not to mention Joey Levine.

And Nobody POLLS Like Me (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 7 June 2018 15:12 (six months ago) Permalink

A bit later in the game, but I only recently connected the dots of Paul Carrack's pop hit career.

This Bobo Isn't Going to Honk Itself (Old Lunch), Thursday, 7 June 2018 15:15 (six months ago) Permalink

"Spirit in the Sky" is good but pretty much exhausted for me at this point.

Was there some big thing in the early 70s about trying to make Christianity cool?

Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Thursday, 7 June 2018 15:21 (six months ago) Permalink

yes

andrew m., Thursday, 7 June 2018 15:24 (six months ago) Permalink

adopting the look, language, music, etc. of youth movements has always been a strategy/feature.

andrew m., Thursday, 7 June 2018 15:25 (six months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'm aware that that was a thing but I'm still unclear on why it was a thing.

This Bobo Isn't Going to Honk Itself (Old Lunch), Thursday, 7 June 2018 15:27 (six months ago) Permalink

I mean, the more I read about that era the more I understand why people might've been seeking religion, but I feel like there's more to the explanation.

This Bobo Isn't Going to Honk Itself (Old Lunch), Thursday, 7 June 2018 15:28 (six months ago) Permalink

There used to be this thing called The Folk Mass, iirc.

And Nobody POLLS Like Me (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 7 June 2018 15:31 (six months ago) Permalink

not sure a dude named Norman Greenbaum was trying to evangelize people with that song.

paul mccartney & whinge (voodoo chili), Thursday, 7 June 2018 15:33 (six months ago) Permalink

Interesting topic. Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat... Good News for Modern Man was first published in 1966.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_movement

even in your onion (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 7 June 2018 15:34 (six months ago) Permalink

took a tour through spirit producer erik jacobsen's credits. lots of lovin' spoonful, tim hardin, etc., early on. but then he went on to produce peak-era chris isaak. cool.

andrew m., Thursday, 7 June 2018 15:39 (six months ago) Permalink

Art direction by Jerry Lewis and Jean-Luc Godard.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bioah3q7JOk

clemenza, Friday, 8 June 2018 15:06 (six months ago) Permalink

^Been chuckling all day at this.

And Nobody POLLS Like Me (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:34 (six months ago) Permalink

Haven’t listened to that one for an eternity and had forgotten almost all of it apart from the singing of the title line.

And Nobody POLLS Like Me (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 9 June 2018 01:21 (six months ago) Permalink

I think I'm taking a stand against cool in these polls. 'Spirit in the Sky' and 'Little Green Bag' are both great but they just aren't quite square enough to suit what I look for from this genre. Like, I need to be able to picture my mom groovin' to it while she's driving around. I think I have to go with 'Hitchin' a Ride' and probably 'Lay a Little Lovin' on Me' in second.

This Bobo Isn't Going to Honk Itself (Old Lunch), Saturday, 9 June 2018 01:46 (six months ago) Permalink

I have probably heard a lot of these songs but Spirit in the Sky is the only one I recognize by name?? That song fucking owns though

cr.ht (crüt), Saturday, 9 June 2018 03:01 (six months ago) Permalink

Super Hits of The 70s: Have A Nice Day, Vol. 2 [Started by Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain) in June 2018, last updated thirty minutes ago by cr.ht (crüt) on I Love Music] 69 new answers POLL closes: June 13 (in 3 days)

nice

you bet, nancy (map), Saturday, 9 June 2018 03:35 (six months ago) Permalink

Poppy Family! Not their best song but they’re underrated.

Indeed. Here's the really good B-side to "Which way…", a cover of the Jody Reynolds death disc:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyC6wDPmkns

and everyone needs the A Good Thing Lost compilation in their lives.

Jeff W, Saturday, 9 June 2018 12:40 (six months ago) Permalink

But voting Vanity Fare this time.

Jeff W, Saturday, 9 June 2018 12:57 (six months ago) Permalink

went with Edison Lighthouse

Rosemary really is a pretty perfect one-off pop song

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 9 June 2018 20:56 (six months ago) Permalink

Like half of these are stone classics of the era.

This Bobo Isn't Going to Honk Itself (Old Lunch), Saturday, 9 June 2018 22:43 (six months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:01 (five months ago) Permalink

took a tour through spirit producer erik jacobsen's credits. lots of lovin' spoonful, tim hardin, etc., early on. but then he went on to produce peak-era chris isaak. cool.

― andrew m., Thursday, 7 June 2018 15:39 (five days ago) Permalink

Erik Jacobsen is such an underrated producer; I love his work with all three of those acts. Had no idea he produced Norman Greenbaum.

I'll probably vote "Reflections" from this installment. "Hitchin' a Ride" gets earworm points but those recorder licks grate at my ears. I do like Vanity Fare's single from a year earlier "Early in the Morning" though.

Lee626, Tuesday, 12 June 2018 13:33 (five months ago) Permalink

Bump for last minute votes!

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 23:20 (five months ago) Permalink

Thanks!

And Nobody POLLS Like Me (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 23:46 (five months ago) Permalink

Edison Lighthouse will not be going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Winning this poll will be as good as it ever gets for them (short of unforgettable use in a movie or TV show, which I don't think has happened yet--I had it pegged as a possible last Mad Men song).

clemenza, Tuesday, 12 June 2018 23:54 (five months ago) Permalink

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

System, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:01 (five months ago) Permalink

I had it pegged as a possible last Mad Men song

We get the real thing in a later installment!

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:15 (five months ago) Permalink

Top 4 in this also my Top 4.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:18 (five months ago) Permalink

Rosemary robbed!

We can be herpes (Tom D.), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:38 (five months ago) Permalink

Zero vote for 'Lay a Little Lovin' on Me' is just unconscionable.

Not with a bang but a MAGA (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:48 (five months ago) Permalink

(xposts) "the real thing"--multi-layered reference.

clemenza, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:51 (five months ago) Permalink

There used to be this thing called The Folk Mass, iirc.

― And Nobody POLLS Like Me (James Redd and the Blecchs)

my mom's still into rev. carey landry. saw him perform. i thought it was the most awful, square thing imaginable when i was a kid.

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 01:11 (five months ago) Permalink

Zero vote for 'Lay a Little Lovin' on Me' is just unconscionable.

Yeah, it's been my favorite kinda-sorta discovery* of these so far. The whole Jeff Barry-Steed Records interzone (familiar to me only through it, The Monkees Changes lp, and the long in the vault final Atlantic Dusty Springfield sessions) is a subject for further research methinks.

*I man or may not have heard it on Dick Bartley back in the day.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 03:44 (five months ago) Permalink

One more thing: "My Baby Loves Lovin'" is a Supreme Earworm. Had it in my head multiple times a day since this thread opened.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 20:57 (five months ago) Permalink

Almost voted for that but didn’t want to dilute the Tony B vote.

And Nobody POLLS Like Me (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 23:52 (five months ago) Permalink

And yeah, the annoying recorder made me not vote for the one I liked the most when it came out.

And Nobody POLLS Like Me (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 23:52 (five months ago) Permalink


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