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Reelin’ In the Years 82: Gasoline Alley Bred

From the time when The Hollies were moving over from pure pop (He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother notwithstanding) to a more guitar based sound.

The Hollies: Gasoline Alley Bred

Reelin’ In the Years 81: Benediction

This is perhaps my favourite Stealers Wheel track.

It was never released as a single as far as I know and came from the third Stealers Wheel album Right or Wrong. By the time it appeared the group had long since ceased to exist and both its leading lights, Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan, were no longer working together.

From the outside I would say that the lyric maybe says a lot about a West of Scotland RC upbringing.

Stealers Wheel: Benediction

Reelin’ In the Years 80: Do It Again

This would have been a good title for the category – except I went with Reelin’ in the Years instead.

It makes a good match with last week’s offering.

Steely Dan: Do It Again

Friday On My Mind 96: Do It Again

Do It Again would have made a good title for this category.

The single represented something of a comeback for the Beach Boys and brought back memories of the early surfing songs.

As I recall Do It Again was one of the singles which featured in an unprecedented (and unrepeated) three-way tie at No 1 in the charts along with Herb Alpert’s This Guy’s in Love With You and a third one I’m not sure of but may have been the Bee Gees’ I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You.

You may remember me mentioning that one of my school mates was a big Beach Boys fan. He really liked Do It Again’s b-side Wake the World – a very short song indeed – which I include here for your pleasure.

The Beach Boys: Do It Again

The Beach Boys: Wake the World

Live It Up 18: Nothing Ever Happens

This is Del Amitri’s first UK hit but only just creeps in here, being released as a single in December 1989.

Despite Justin Currie’s prowess as a song writer subsequent singles failed to achieve quite as much chart success.

Del Amitri: Nothing Ever Happens

Reelin’ In the Years 79: Sail Away

Who says USians can’t do irony – or satire?

Randy Newman certainly can. Biting sharp lyrics against jaunty or haunting tunes.

Has anyone ever made an invitation to enter into slavery more beautiful?

Randy Newman: Sail Away

Friday On My Mind 95: Piece Of My Heart

One of the most covered songs from the 1960s brought to prominence by Janis Joplin‘s vocal on this track from Big Brother and the Holding Company.

Joplin is one of the members of the seemingly mythical 27 club, which the link states is a spurious artefact. A tendency for musicians to die when 27 is not borne out statistically. Still, print the legend, eh?

Some versions have the song’s title as (Take A Little) Piece Of My Heart others as Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart.

Big Brother and the Holding Company: (Take A Little) Piece Of My Heart

Friday On My Mind 94: Bringing on Back the Good Times

Just to point up the contrast with last week.

Love Affair: Bringing on Back the Good Times

Reelin’ In the Years 78: El Doomo

I remember hearing this on the radio in the 1970s and thinking it was very different indeed from the stuff Ellis produced when he was with Love Affair, but I don’t think I ever caught its title. I’m not even sure I realised at the time that Ellis was a band name. I recognised it straight away when listening to last Sunday’s Sounds of the Seventies on the iPlayer.

This is about as far from Bringing on Back the Good Times as you can get.

Ellis: El Doomo

Not Friday On My Mind 16: King Midas In Reverse

Pointing to a possible new direction for the group but not a big hit by Hollies standards, King Midas In Reverse only just crept into the top twenty. This prompted them to revert to more commercial material for subsequent singles (with the possible exception of Listen To Me, which also failed to reach the top ten) and so helping along Graham Nash’s decision to leave the group.

The Hollies: King Midas In Reverse

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