This is an absolutely pitch perfect pop song. It’s the sort of thing that (for a while) was swept away by the advent of punk rock.
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Not had one from Sweet for a while.
This again is from their later phase.
Just about everyone’s memories of Stealers Wheel start (and most people’s end) with Stuck in the Middle With You with the addition of, perhaps, Star, but the first time I encountered them was on the release of the eponymous LP and what I believe was their initial UK TV appearance where they performed the opening track Late Again. The blend of the voices of Joe Egan and Gerry Rafferty was distinctive and different to anything else around at the time.
Late Again may be a little slow in tempo (some may even think it a dirge) but it stuck with me and I later bought the album.
After their next LP, Seventh Sojourn, which spawned two singles in Isn’t Life Strange and I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band) both of which – unlike The Story in Your Eyes – troubled the charts, the Moody Blues broke up.
During the five years they spent apart most of them released solo LPs but the most successful venture was a collaboration between Justin Hayward and John Lodge which produced the LP Blue Jays but most memorably the song Blue Guitar, a no 8 hit in the UK. According to the Wiki article above Hayward actually recorded this with 10cc rather than Lodge but nevertheless the two took “Blue Jays” on the road mainly – as I recall Lodge introducing the track on stage – because of Blue Guitar.
Here they are performing it (ie miming) on Supersonic.
I’ve already mentioned the odd decision to release Watching and Waiting rather than Gypsy as the single from To Our Children’s Children’s Children. The former was an ideal coda to the album but not really single material.
The single that came after, Question, was the Moodies most successful in the new era, only being kept off the No. 1 slot by the England World Cup squad’s Back Home. (Oh tempora!) Despite being described as, “One of the world’s most advanced groups,” while promoting the song on Top of the Pops, the LP it prefaced, A Question of Balance, gave the first indication that collectively the band was going off the boil.
Their next single didn’t even make the UK charts despite being a belter. First below is not the album version from Every Good Boy Deserves Favour. This one has a different vocal performance and a more lush mellotron sound. The more familiar album edition follows.
I was in a garden centre yesterday (as you do) and caught the name tag euonymus on one of the plants. Immediately the first two words of this song (“Anonymous, autonomous,”) popped into my head. I realised I hadn’t heard it in ages. It took me a minute or two to work it through to the chorus (“Run too fast, Fly too high,”) before I got the title. I looked it up on You Tube as soon as I got home. It still sounds good.
According to Wikipedia the single of this wasn’t a hit in the US but it reached the dizzy heights of no. 44 in the UK.
The Small Faces and The Faces were both talent filled bands whose members were not just adjuncts to lead singers Steve Marriott and Rod Stewart. Guitarist Ronnie Wood famously went on to join The Rolling Stones.
Bass guitarist Ronnie Lane also had a (relatively) successful post Faces existence making several albums with his band Slim Chance – curtailed somewhat by the diagnosis of his multiple sclerosis in the 1970s wich eventually led to his death in 1997. So it goes.
The Poacher was one of his hits.
Al Stewart in his prime.
A live version here of one of his best.
I’ve not had one from The Sweet for a while.
This was the first of their hits that they’d written themselves.