Super Hits of The 70s: Have A Nice Day, Vol. 19

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Volume #19--the last installment in the 1st wave of 1993 HAND editions--takes us into 1977.

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
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Super Hits of The 70s: Have A Nice Day, Vol. 10
Super Hits of The 70s: Have A Nice Day, Vol. 11
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Super Hits of The 70s: Have A Nice Day, Vol. 18

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Climax Blues Band (1977): "Couldn't Get It Right" (Climax Blues Band, writers) - 3:19 11
Andrew Gold (1977): "Lonely Boy" (Gold) - 4:01 7
Bill Conti (1977): "Gonna Fly Now" (Theme From 'Rocky') (Bill Conti, Carol Connors, Ayn Robbins) - 2:48 6
10cc (1977): "The Things We Do for Love" (Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman) - 3:32 4
Orleans (1976): "Still the One" (Johanna Hall, John Hall) - 3:55 3
Silver (1976): "Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang" (Rick Giles) - (3:35) 1
David Dundas (1976): "Jeans On" (David Dundas, Roger Greenaway) - 2:37 1
David Soul (1976): "Don't Give Up On Us" (Tony Macaulay) - 3:39 0
Kenny Nolan (1977): "I Like Dreamin'" (Nolan) - 3:31 0
Mary MacGregor (1976): "Torn Between Two Lovers" (Peter Yarrow, Phillip Jarrell) - 3:48 0
Burton Cummings (1976): "Stand Tall" (Cummings) - 3:23 0
Alan O'Day (1977): "Undercover Angel" (O'Day) - 3:28 0


Ubering With The King (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 18:26 (two months ago) Permalink

Easily narrowed down to 10cc and Climax Blues Band. Not sure which of them though...

Number None, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 18:29 (two months ago) Permalink

"still the one," but "lonely boy" is a significant jam

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 19:26 (two months ago) Permalink

Probably "Lonely Boy" but whenever I hear "Couldn't Get It Right" I think, wow, who sang that!??!?

Zach Same (Tom D.), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 19:49 (two months ago) Permalink

"Still the One" was used in commercials promoting ABC's new fall schedule in '76 or '77. I associated the song so closely with the commercial that I remember being surprised to learn it was a regular single before ABC made use of it

Josefa, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 19:52 (two months ago) Permalink

Yes, that was weird, although I went in the other direction and knew the hit first and was surprised when they used it.

Harper Valley CTA-102 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 19:57 (two months ago) Permalink

These comps are generally good for one "man, I totally forgot about that one" song, in this case "Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang." I think it really sums up the "Have A Nice Day" sunny 70s pop vibe.

Not voting for it though, two or three others are fighting for the lead.

Freddy "Boom Boom" QAnon (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 20:10 (two months ago) Permalink

Geez, "Lonely Boy" really grabbed me as a kid. It's just so bleak! And a little unprovoked, I mean, you have a sister and you split, really?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 20:28 (two months ago) Permalink

"Wham Bam" goes into a different category for me, songs that ring no bells whatsoever even though they were presumably big hits therefore I must've heard them somehow somewhere, but they just didn't stick. Lotsa them in these threads, proving how weird memory is.

Josefa, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 20:37 (two months ago) Permalink

This is the only volume I ever bought (on cassette). I was pleased when the liner notes actually began with "We salute you for your bravery". This is the real shit, man. And indeed, I really dislike the first side (Orleans through Soul), especially the turgid Torn Between Two Lovers and the overwrought Stand Tall...and I *like* Burton Cummings. Still, there was one gem on Side 1: I Like Dreamin', which is like a Just My Imagination that doesn't realize how creepy it is...and therefore even creepier.

Side 2 though, I absolutely love. Couldn't Get It Right is a great groove and has some memorable lyrics (New York City took me with the tide/And I nearly died of hospitality). I used to hate the 10cc on the radio but repeated play revealed how well-crafted it is. Undercover Angel is a hoot. It's one thing to sing about a nocturnal emission, but then the last verse has the singer actually using said wet dream to entice a woman into bed! And the Rocky Theme genuinely gets me pumped up.

But my vote goes to the reason I bought the tape. I love everything about Lonely Boy. The guitar/piano interplay. The sarcastic way he sings We must attend to her needs/She's so much younger than you. How the song turns having a sibling into a life-shattering tragedy, with the final verse portending an unending cycle of shattered illusions. Also put to good (and appropriately over-literal) use in Boogie Nights.

gjoon1, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 22:21 (two months ago) Permalink

I like "Lonely Boy" in Boogie Nights (which I've now mentioned three or four times on these threads, I think; Boogie Nights is like one gargantuan tribute to the junky second half of the decade, the Ronco era, and it salvages some of these songs in ways they probably don't deserve). "The Things We Do for Love" is the only other song here I don't actively dislike (with a couple I don't know).

clemenza, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 22:30 (two months ago) Permalink

Same here for me. Between Lonely Boy and the 10cc. I guess it's Gouldman and Stewart for the win. As it's the one of the two i like with no stipulations/reservations. Andrew Gold RIP.

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 22:35 (two months ago) Permalink

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

there are a few versions of this, but none are a patch on orleans's peppy but convincing rendition imho

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 22:38 (two months ago) Permalink

Seem to recall that Orleans were big enough that they would play undercover shows in Upstate New York under the name Snearlo.

Harper Valley CTA-102 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 22:41 (two months ago) Permalink

Sorry, must have been spelled Snaerlo

Harper Valley CTA-102 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 3 October 2018 22:42 (two months ago) Permalink

Sorry--on the road yesterday, so a day late with this.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/cryptosicko/playlist/67pyH9M1Vtv2OZZRAb9DHx?si=1uZjzNUFQFObCrunoX7jFQ

(all here, but I'm suspicious of Mary MacGregor and Alan O'Day)

Engles in the Outfield (cryptosicko), Thursday, 4 October 2018 13:32 (two months ago) Permalink

gjoon1 OTM. The only thing to add is that "Lonely Boy" is all-time "Oh, there's the one" misdirection.

Jeff W, Thursday, 4 October 2018 15:06 (two months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 00:01 (two months ago) Permalink

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

System, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 00:01 (two months ago) Permalink

I didnt immed place that climax blues band song, and when i refreshed i kept thinking it sounds like a transitional bee gees song. Good. so i refreshed on 10cc, and...i’d stick with 10cc.

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 03:04 (two months ago) Permalink


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