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A Man Who Has Nothing In Particular To Recommend Him Discusses All Sorts of Subjects at Random as Though He Knew Everything

Rocco Bongoletti and the Humperdincks

Just kidding. That’s the Spiral Starecase. Hey, don’t blame me. I can spell, they can’t.

It’s finally warm and sunny here, first time all year. I was just about to give up and put out the markers for the snowplow driver to navigate the driveway, but maybe we’ll have at least a three day summer this year. Just not three days in a row.

Summer always calls for listening to guys in tuxedos declaiming their love for girls in hot pants, while driving Chevies with the top down, filtered through the ether and transmogrified by the AM radio in the dash with the tiny speaker. But on the internet, you can watch the bass player do his steps while he plays. Not steps, exactly; more like a handicapped ramp shimmy. Sublime!

Happy Summer!, for tomorrow it’s probably Merry Christmas! again.

7 Responses

  1. This made me laugh – what moves that guy has!

    Thanks for sharing, and as always, thanks for your words of poetry. LOVE your writing. It took me right back to my teenage summer days in a convertible with the sunbaked dash and that AM radio. Classic!

  2. That song peaked on the charts almost exactly 40 years ago, in the spring of '69. That was one of the last really good summers for AM music. Note how much they sound like early Chicago. Horn-augmented rock was the new thing at the time. Those first few Chicago albums were actually pretty good. After that, they began to sound more like a college marching band flipped out on reefer pills.

  3. Oh my. Just watched the video. Those are some bold dance moves. I'm a little surprised that they showed him from the waist down. Or the neck up, for that matter.

    I am always intrigued by these bands that can produce a perfect piece of pop confection, and then never again find the magic formula. Let me think of some prominent examples…. How about Time Won't Let Me, by the Outsiders. Lies, by the Knickerbockers. Psychotic Reaction, the Count Five. Friday on My Mind, the Easybeats.

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