Thursday, December 17, 2009

An Early and Somewhat Hirsute Clue to the New Direction

From 1974, please enjoy former biker band The Doobie Brothers and their then ubiquitous and today (to my ears) annoying "China Grove."



As always, a coveted PowerPop No-Prize will be awarded the first listener who gleans the clip's relevance to the theme of tomorrow's Weekend Listomania.

23 comments:

NYMary said...

Songs with the names of countries in the title?

steve simels said...

Not a bad idea, but no.
:-)

FD13NYC said...

Groups with 2 drummers or groups named after the slang for marijuana joints.

steve simels said...

No and no.

BTW, How many bands with 2 drummers have their been, historically?

Besides Clear Light, the Dead and...who am I forgetting? I can't imagine there are enough to justify a Listomania, are there?

Peter said...

Songs where you can't understand what the singer's saying?

Ken J said...

2 Drummers: 38 special. Santana, if you count congas vs. a kit.

Songs about foolin' around.

geor3ge said...

Songs referencing botany?

Alex said...

Early hits by bands that would find much greater success when a new member joined and sang lead on their best-known songs?

Songs by bands with the word "Brothers" in their names that were not actual brothers?

Songs named after real places?

Songs covered by Dolly Parton on her TV variety show?

PS: You're spoiling us with the two-a-day posts!

Noam Sane said...

Songs that feature a cheesy riff that sounds slightly "oriental" to folks from non-asian backgrounds (in this case, it's in the bridge).

rurritable said...

Bands that have employed the execrable Jeff "Skunk" Baxter?

thingy said...

Fog machines.

Things that try to enhance the music, so we don't realize until years later how really bad it was.

David said...

Songs that make prominent use of "woah-oh"?

Brooklyn Girl said...

Besides Clear Light, the Dead and...who am I forgetting? I can't imagine there are enough to justify a Listomania, are there?

Um ... there was some southern rock band named after two brothers ... I think one had long blond hair and was married to Cher for while, and the other one played pretty decent slide guitar ... what was their name? ;-)

Brooklyn Girl said...

And, as far as a guess is concerned, bands with at least one member who styled his hair like Farrah Fawcett's?

Libby Spencer said...

Been a while since I've ventured a lame guess. Think I got it this time. Songs that reference drugs.

Anonymous said...

songs with an (apparently but not really) slower middle 8?

steve simels said...

No, no no no no no no and no.

Have i left out a no?

rurritable said...
Bands that have employed the execrable Jeff "Skunk" Baxter?


Heh.

steve simels said...

Okay -- here's a hint.

It's got nothing to do with the song per se.

Dayn McBee said...

Songs that make you wonder WTF?

FD13NYC said...

You left out Ginger Baker.

steve simels said...

Okay -- it's got something to do with the name of the band.

Anonymous said...

songs that reference family members or relatives of some sort

MBowen said...

The Doobie Brothers - the first concert I ever walked out of halfway through. It was the Michael McDonald era - "What A Fool Believes" was big in the charts. Six or seven guys on stage, and only two of them are standing up. Skunk Baxter is sitting on a stool wearing headphones like he's in a studio. The ultimate concert as wax museum.

The funny thing is, I like this particular track. This is what passed for uptempo rock back in the day.