Super Hits of The 70s: Have A Nice Day, Vol. 5

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This week we look at Volume #5, the last of the first wave of HAND releases from January, 1990.

Super Hits of The 70s: Have A Nice Day, Vol. 1
Super Hits of The 70s: Have A Nice Day, Vol. 2
Super Hits of The 70s: Have A Nice Day, Vol. 3
Super Hits of The 70s: Have A Nice Day, Vol. 4

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Tommy James (1971): "Draggin' the Line" (James, Bob King) – 2:45 9
Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds (1971): "Don't Pull Your Love" (Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter) – 2:40 6
Lobo (1971): "Me and You and a Dog Named Boo" (Kent LaVoie) – 2:52 5
The Fortunes (1971): "Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again" (Tony Macaulay, Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway) – 5
The Raiders (1971): "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)" (John D. Loudermilk) 3
Richie Havens (1971): "Here Comes the Sun" (George Harrison) – 3:43 3
Jerry Reed (1971): "When You're Hot, You're Hot" (Reed) – 2:18 3
The Mike Curb Congregation (1971): "Burning Bridges" (Mike Curb, Lalo Schifrin) – 2:44 2
Chase (1971): "Get It On" (Bill Chase) – 2:57 0
Murray Head (1971): "Superstar" (Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice) – 4:10 0
Redeye (1971): "Games" (David Hodgkins) – 2:34 0
Daddy Dewdrop (1971): "Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)" (Janis Lee Guinn, Linda Martin) – 2:40 0


Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 17:01 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Tufffffffie. At first blush, I'd say it's down to Richie Havens, Tommy James, and the Fortunes.

A Frankenstein + A Dracula + A Mummy That's Been Werewolfed (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 17:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I have only listened to one of these songs in the last five days, and that song is "Draggin' the Line," so that gets my vote.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 17:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

"Draggin' the Line" has been described as a "lazy psychedelic shuffle whose hypnotic feel perfectly expressed its title."[8]Asked about the meaning of the title in a 2009 interview, Tommy James said: ""Draggin' the Line" just meant working every day. Nothing really very mysterious about it."[9] However, it has been falsely speculated that the song's title and lyrics refer to cocaine use,[10] citing the title, the lyrics, Tommy James' documented drug use,[11][12] and because another Tommy James and The Shondells song, Crystal Blue Persuasion, has been previously associated with the use of speed,[10] the song having been described in 1979 by noted music critic Dave Marsh as "a transparent allegory about James' involvement with amphetamines. In addition, it has been widely accepted that the song could more specifically refer to the tedious job of setting up power lines back in the early 50's and 60's. This view has gained a large amount of support, especially since the lyrics are commonly interchange with 'Checkin the line''"

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 17:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/cryptosicko/playlist/2cdkFG3NVqX9PGcyaV9L0g?si=CJrtmH98TzeWe6z2hBpVCA

"Games" is missing, and I'm suspicious of how legit this version of "Chick-A-Boom" is.

Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 17:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

XP Also:

The song has also inspired a long-running jingle for the Chili's restaurant chain's babyback ribs. The lines "I want my babyback, babyback, babyback, babyback..." and "Barbecue sauce" closely mimick the real song's bass line and vocal response, respectively.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 17:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Struggling, I only know Tommy James and Lobo here. And Murray Head, I assume. Feel like I must know the Fortunes as it's British.

Alan Alba (Tom D.), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 17:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Redeye: "Games"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnChP-ms7xc

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 17:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink

"Games" is some good Bubblegum CSNY.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 17:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Re: "Indian Reservation" (which I recently learned dates back to 1959, and was first issued by Marvin Rainwater as "The Pale Faced Indian"

A well-known story told by Loudermilk is that, when he was asked by the Viva! NashVegas radio show about the origins of the song "Indian Reservation", he fabricated the story that he wrote the song after his car was snowed in by a blizzard and he was taken in by a small group of Cherokee Indians.[6] A self-professed prankster,[7] he spun the tale that a Cherokee chieftain, "Bloody Bear Tooth" asked him to make a song about his people's plight on the Trail of Tears, even going so far as to claim that he had later been awarded "the first medal of the Cherokee Nation", not for writing the song, but for his "blood".[6] He went on to fabricate the detail that on that day the tribe revealed that his "great-great grandparents, Homer and Matilda Loudermilk" were listed on the Dawes Rolls (the citizenship rolls of the Nation).[6] Had this detail of his tall tale been true, he would have been a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, which he was not.[6] Neither the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, nor the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, nor the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma communities are known as "reservations."

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 17:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

This volume includes more good tracks and more loathsome tracks than any of the previous entries. It's hard to choose between Richie Havens, Jerry Reed, The Fortunes, and Tommy James, and some of the unfamiliar tracks are probably good too. On the other hand, just reading the titles of "Chick-a-Boom," "Me and You and a Dog Named Boo," and "Don't Pull Your Love" makes me wish I had never turned on a radio.

Brad C., Wednesday, 27 June 2018 17:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Will give the rest a listen but the chances of me not voting for "Burning Bridges" are extremely low. Grew up with this song on an MGM soundtracks compilation. Schifrin again. Massive breakbeat at the start. Also I love Kelly's Heroes.

Jeff W, Wednesday, 27 June 2018 17:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Jerry Reed again!

Alan Alba (Tom D.), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 17:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Gotta go with Tommy James just because that's an amazing production -- and in terms of sequencing, coming right after the absolutely horrible Chase song, which I will forever disdain for inadvertantly causing the renaming of T. Rex's "Get It On" over here but more to the point is just a completely useless white-guy-thinks-he's-sexy abomination, is a study in contrasts. Chase's horn section is all shrill nonsense and horrible afterglow, but the James horn moments are just these perfect punctuation marks. And even "Hugging a tree when you get near it" works.

The Mike Curb Congregation, though, that breakbeat, per Jeff W. (Which I know has been sampled more than a few times.) Murray Head, almost inescapable, but "Don't Pull Your Love" clicks more as a song in the end (near thing, though), even if it's typical 'sad horny guy is sad' stuff. The Raiders offer further proof that Mark Lindsay can sing anything and mean it in the moment.

Fucking "Chick-a-Boom" -- destroy everyone involved with it. Jerry Reed transcends.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 27 June 2018 17:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

(Also with the Mike Curb song, I kinda love how it's an afterschool lesson about the regrets suffered when you don't network for employment opportunities properly. Of course Mike would do that.)

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 27 June 2018 17:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I attempted to A/B the Spotify "Chick-A-Boom" vs. a 45 rip on YT, and if it's a rerecord, it's pretty close, without any of the tell-tale signs that it's a different version (thinner drums, cheaper keyboards, clearly off vocals etc.).

I always thought it was funny how much Daddy Dewdrop sounds like Peter Wolf on the jivey-er J. Geils tracks.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 17:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink

'Chick-a-Boom' makes me want to put on suspenders and a sequined bowtie and strut around aggressively singing it at people until someone mercifully punches me out.

DONTCHA JES' LOVE IT?!?!

A Frankenstein + A Dracula + A Mummy That's Been Werewolfed (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 17:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Surprised Ned didn't drop this Mystery Science...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhwOwl1KfSU

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 17:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds just for the amazing Elvis-but-not-Elvis lead vocals during the verses.

Eliza D., Wednesday, 27 June 2018 17:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The Fortunes track on the Spotify is a rerecord (80s Synths!)

The O.G.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO1LbkuPfqo

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 18:02 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I wonder how many people back in the day thought the Fortunes were really Frankie Valli in disguise.

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 18:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

agreed, this is tough.
some favorites here include 'Don't Pull Your Love', 'Draggin The Line', 'Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again' and the dark horse Lobo track which I have on some bubblegum comp.

campreverb, Wednesday, 27 June 2018 18:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Surprised Ned didn't drop this Mystery Science...

Haha believe me, I was thinking about it.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 27 June 2018 18:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

huge tommy james stan so 'draggin the line' for me. though i've got big love for the fortunes' tune too. the rest can pretty much gtfo.

andrew m., Wednesday, 27 June 2018 18:14 (three weeks ago) Permalink

"lovin' a free and feelin' sprit
huggin' a tree when you get near it"

andrew m., Wednesday, 27 June 2018 18:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

"Draggin' the Line" easily." Also like the Fortunes.

I liked Daddy Dewdrop as a kid, haven't heard it for 45 years--I'm guessing it might not hold up so well. "Get It On" is one of the more atrocious David-Clayton-Thomas Syndrome records. "Indian Reservation" is okay camp.

Never heard of Redeye.

clemenza, Wednesday, 27 June 2018 18:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

"Indian Reservation" (which I recently learned dates back to 1959, and was first issued by Marvin Rainwater as "The Pale Faced Indian"

My primary musical interests are 50s rockabilly and R&B, yet somehow I was never aware of this, thanks!

I don't have an overwhelming fave in this, but since I'm guessing Tommy James is going to sweep it I'm voting "Don't Pull Your Love."

Get aboard the flappy bird, departing gate 19 (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 18:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

“”When You’re Hot You’re Hot” but really these songs are so bad! Fucking Mike Curb!

Mr. Snrub, Wednesday, 27 June 2018 19:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Listening to this comp right now. I’m glad I finally get to hear what Chase sounds like. This is the band that Dave Marsh gave a one-word review “Flee.” to in the Rolling Stone Record Guide. DM OTM.

Mr. Snrub, Wednesday, 27 June 2018 20:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Burning Bridges for the win!! “Kelly’s Heroes” forever!!! If you love this movie you pretty much have to vote for this song imo.

But there’s so much gold on here it’s crazy. I love Dont Pull Your Love and Me, and You and A Dog Named Boo

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 28 June 2018 01:56 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I have only listened to one of these songs in the last five days, and that song is "Draggin' the Line," so that gets my vote.

― a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra)

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 28 June 2018 02:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I have only listened to one of these songs in the last five days, and that song is "Draggin' the Line," so that gets my vote.

― a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra)

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 28 June 2018 02:06 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Burning Bridges for the win!! “Kelly’s Heroes” forever!!! If you love this movie you pretty much have to vote for this song imo.

Eh, no. However were there any other incongruous Mike Curb tracks grafted onto MGM films besides this and that Osmonds track in Pretty Maids All In A Row?

Making Plans For Sturgill (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 28 June 2018 02:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink

"Me and You and a Dog Named Boo"

Bee OK, Thursday, 28 June 2018 02:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

"Rainy Day Feeling" just edges out "Draggin' the Line"

Brad C., Thursday, 28 June 2018 02:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Lobo is literally the only one of these I have even heard of, but it also happens to be one of my all-time favourite records, so I voted for it.

When this series of polls began I wondered if Lobo would feature on one of the albums. Prior to this particular poll being posted, I listened to the Lobo record on YouTube, not having heard it for many years. It was as good as I remembered it. On the other hand, I got curious about other records by Lobo but found I strongly disliked the four or five songs I listened to. There's also a video of him performing (miming to) 'Me and You and a Dog Named Boo' on TV and it's the most dreary, lacklustre performance considering it's such a lively song.

dubmill, Thursday, 28 June 2018 09:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

were there any other incongruous Mike Curb tracks grafted onto MGM films besides this and that Osmonds track?

ahem

Jeff W, Thursday, 28 June 2018 17:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

A pretty mediocre list. I'll go with Jerry Reed, a throwback to the days when hillbilly humour was a regular chart feature. "Who's gonna collect my welfare? Pay for my Cadillac?"

Ρεμπετολογια, Monday, 2 July 2018 17:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

^Gotta disagree. The second half is solid IMHO (and Jerry Reid from the first half is also good).

I'm going to disagree with Ned (and Dave Marsh!) about Chase too, but I'm a sucker for these sorts of (literally, here) overblown brass arrangements. Hitherto, I'd only known the song from (an even more overblown) instrumental arrangement by German session musicians on this groovy compilation. Have saved the Chase s/t album on Spotify!

I own Don Fardon's version of Indian Reservation, but The Raiders' take may be better.

Nice harmonies on "Games" - reminded me of early Quo as much as CSNY.

Still voting for Mike Curb though.

Jeff W, Monday, 2 July 2018 20:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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

System, Wednesday, 4 July 2018 00:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I totally missed this one, but the right song won.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 4 July 2018 00:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I voted for the runner-up.

Has there been one of these yet without a Mark Lindsay vocal somewhere?

Uncle Redd in the Zingtime (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 4 July 2018 00:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Agree that "Draggin' the Line" is an all-time classic, but I always feel a tinge of embarrassment every time I hear it because I first heard it via this garish soft-metal cover from the opening credits of the movie Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIAVBV2fbTc

Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Monday, 9 July 2018 18:42 (one week ago) Permalink


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