I find it bizarrely catchy and love the song's metaphorical gimmick. I put it in the neighborhood of "Dead Skunk" and "You're So Vain" and "Taxi" (not that any of them sound anything alike) as representing the weirder and funnier singer-songwriter hits of the era--it wasn't all "Fire and Rain" and "Heart of Gold." And I've definitely come to hear the song as inseparable from its use in Boogie Nights.
― clemenza, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 15:02 (two years ago) link
There is an eclectic Minneapolis country-folk-blues group, The Front Porch Swingin' Liquor Pigs, who cover everything from Mississippi John Hurt to The Replacements "If Only You Were Lonely," that used to sometimes have a friend come up and do a guest vocal on a version of "Brand New Key." It generally turned into a drunken singalong. Yes, is is bizarrely catchy.
― Get aboard the flappy bird, departing gate 19 (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 15:11 (two years ago) link
I've only ever heard Redbone (which I do like) and Giorgio's SOMF (which I don't much). Think it was similar on the other polls, hardly know any of the songs on them at all. Cultural differences? or maybe just before my time I dunno
Both but mostly the former, US and UK charts seem to have been a lot more divergent back in the 70s.
― Alan Alba (Tom D.), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 15:39 (two years ago) link
“Holy shit” moment: I just found out from Wikipedia that earlier in her career Beverly Bremers recorded as Beverly Ann. That’s right, the exact same Beverly Ann that recorded two of my absolute favorite Northern Soul pop ditties “He’s Coming Home” and “You’ve Got Your Mind On Other Things”. But if I hadn’t‘ve missed this poll (dammit) I would’ve gone for that Melanie song. It’s HILARIOUS it’s so fucking awful!
― Mr. Snrub, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 17:07 (two years ago) link
I gotta say I’m a bit baffled by the intensity of the hatred towards “Brand New Key.” Like, I can see disliking it, but I’m wondering what it is about it that inspires such vitriol. Too twee, perhaps? Maybe it’s something I would have had to live through in order to understand—in which case, what would be the song’s contemporary equivalent? We’re surely not talking Meghan Trainor level here?
― Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 22:44 (two years ago) link
To twee, perhaps??!?!
― Alan Alba (Tom D.), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 23:06 (two years ago) link
Or even, too twee.
“Perhaps” as in, is it’s twee was the reason for all the hatred?
― Police, Academy (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 23:07 (two years ago) link
Well it didn't help.
― Alan Alba (Tom D.), Wednesday, 18 July 2018 23:13 (two years ago) link
Twee your mind...
― Isora Clubland (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 19 July 2018 01:57 (two years ago) link
the weirder and funnier singer-songwriter hits of the era
I somehow forgot to mention "Coconut" here. Proceed apace.
― clemenza, Thursday, 19 July 2018 17:30 (two years ago) link