Friday, April 25, 2008

Knowing When to Quit

Sometimes, you have to know when to quit. You know, like boxers still trying for that elusive glory. It’s sad. It happens a lot in the music industry. Case in point:

Lobo. Remember that song “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo” from 1971? Of course you don’t; that’s a LONG time ago. I honestly hope you don’t remember it. What a dumb title. Obviously everyone had too many mushrooms and thought it cute to name the dog so it would rhyme with “you” in the title.

One hit wonder? Yes, but get this, he did SIX more albums in the 70s alone! Everybody bought his 1976 album “A Cowboy Afraid of Horses” didn’t they? Fortunately he only made one in the 80s (1989). He was probably too busy buying junk bonds with Michael Milkan earlier that decade. Oh, and fortunately for us he made four more CDs in the 90s.

See, this is a trend. Some of these singers just don’t know when to quit. I mean, just because you had one hit doesn’t mean you should make 11 more albums. That’s over 100 songs that NOBODY listened to. Couldn’t he just take a real job?

Yazz. Remember that song “The Only Way is Up” from 1989? You should; it was like the second biggest song of that year. After the 80s though, she seemed to make one to two albums a decade. Well that’s one way to build a fan base. Sort of like the Disney concept: Lock your stuff up in a vault and re-release something every generation. She’s got one out this year. I’ve got to rush right down to the music store!!!

Toto. No, not the dog Dorothy was so fond of. The group. They did that song “Africa” in 1982. You remember, “I miss the rains down in Af-ri-ca…”. You probably thought they faded away in the early 80s, another victim to the rise of the Euro sound. You thought wrong. They just kept making albums. You bought “Tambu” in 1995, right? In fact, you bought all 9 of their albums after that hit song, right? What a sucker!

Lynrd Skynrd. Yes, it was a tragedy that their plane crashed and killed several of the key members and injured a lot of the others. That was 1977. But it didn’t stop them from putting out another 7 albums! The last one was in 2003. At what point can you call the band the same name even though there is barely anyone from the original band. I think there have been 40 different members in this band over the years.

It goes on an on. Ambrosia? Yep, 3 CDs this decade. Huey Lewis? Yep, last CD was 2001. I thought his last one was in the 80s! Huey, we might want a new drug, but we don't want a new CD from you!

So please, please. When my posts become unfunny…tell me so I don’t keep posting unfunny stuff for years. I don’t want to have to move to Vegas and wear polyester…

39 comments:

Brad said...

No Speedwagon?

VE said...

brad - There are so many to mention and Speedwagon get their share of abuse...I thought I'd cut them some slack this time around.

Marie said...

What is it with rock bands and plan crashes? You know how they're always saying that you're more likely to die from being stabbed by a spoon in Antarctica than you are to die in a plane crash? Seems like those odds go up an awful lot if you put out an album.

VE said...

marie - You're right; I've always wondered that too. But I'm still not going to carry a spoon when I go to Antarctica...just in case.

ChrisEldin said...

Okay. Well this post was bit of a bummer.
:-(

****************
Just kidding!!! Don't quit! But if you're feeling burned out, just cut back a little. I used to post every day (don't even know how I managed that now), but these days I post on Mon, Wed, and Fri. I like having a schedule, and the weekends 'off.'

:-)

Kanrei said...

I was afraid that you were quitting blogging until you put that blasted song "You and Me and a dog named Blue, something and living off the land" in my head and now I kinda wish you were =P. J/K

I was big into the hair bands of the 80's, but only in the 80's and it shocks me the amount of those "no-hit wonders" are back on the road today, wigs and all. Dokken and Warrent regrouped last I heard...

What was it Kenny Rogers sang (in his only real good song)...you got to know when to hold 'em; know when to fold 'em.

VE said...

christine - Yeah, I'm posting 6 days a week and have been since Sep or so. That's ok if you have a bunch of themes mixed in like memes or contests but if you're putting out original material every single day then it is more challneging. Also as the weather gets better, I'm out doing too many things to keep up. We'll see how it goes.

kan - Quit? Why would I quit when I can torment you even more? Just wait until I start singing Basketball Jones or that Crazy Frog song...

RED MOJO said...

It's okay if you slow down a little, buddy, i can barely get over here to read it all now. I slowed way down, and you still come comment!

Yes, my name is Arizona said...

Oh, I love "Time for me to fly"! Don't diss my Speedwagon! When I was young the biggies were Leif Garrett and Andy Gibb. Remember them? I had posters of Andy Gibb on my wall. How embarrassing!

VE said...

red mojo - When I had a small readership; I was very regular to commenting. With over a 100 blogs to visit; I cannot keep up either. I never really expected to average over a 100 daily readers; don't know what happened. I'll see what everyone thinks in my next poll as to whether I should slow down the posts slightly.

VE said...

arizona - I stayed clear of Speedwagon. Brad was the one egging me on to go after them. Leif Garrett? Didn't he get arrested a couple of years ago for being a loser now? Scary. Andy Gibb...we'll give you a pass on that one; it was the 80s.

cathouse teri said...

I think I saw Lynrd Skynrd in concert. Probably 1976. Hey! Wasn't my idea! Some lame ass guy asked me out and I said yes! I always say yes! I'm stupid that way!

leelee said...

but those Haband polyester slacks probably look so good on you.

HUGS!

Theresa said...

I don't have any of those albums, but I remember some of the songs. Not the dog one, though. But I did watch Grease last weekend, so I'm not safe from lameness. Don't worry about posting less often, I can't keep up with everything either, and I don't think most other people can either. I'm not even close to reading 100 blogs and it's still too much. Go out and enjoy the weather, we'll hang around and wait. :)

Kanrei said...

Just wait until I start singing Basketball Jones or that Crazy Frog song...

Now don't go daring me to start with the Banana Splits again or worse. You know I can out do you on bad, but catchy tunes.

Paging Mr. Gibb, Mr. Andy Gibb

cathouse teri said...

Crazy Frog song? You mean Jeremiah?

Megan said...

I'd say don't slow down because I just found you, but hey, that's what archives are for.

VE said...

teri - Well, at least you saw the original group then. I got much much worse later on I guess.

leelee - Should I hike them waaay up to my armpits? Ha ha ha

theresa - Then you were watching the hot dog do tricks just so he could jump in the bun (the commerical at the drive in). I always thought that was such a goofy thing.

kan - You're right...it would be a painful challenge to go through! I'll have to concede (until I plot out a surprise attack).

iamnot said...

Actually, Toto's best song was "Rosanna."
I have two other songs from Yazz on my old guy retro playlist.
No Skinnard though...

Be careful VE. If you don't stop picking on these guys, you're going to jump the shark yourself.

VE said...

megan - Don't worry. I haven't done so yet. It's just a discussion...

Kurt said...

Whenever they do a Behind the Music special on VH1, the person is always "back in the studio."

leelee said...

Thats the only way to wear 'em VE.. SO HOT!

HUgs!!

VE said...

iamnot - You're right about that; but it's so hard to not pick on them...

kurt - Can't they just lock the studio door and set up some traps?

leelee - I was afraid of that. I'll stick to my shorts or swim trunks...

damon said...

I hear you man. I went and saw a Foreigner concert last year (with the original singer) and that fat bastard couldn't catch his breath, let alone hit a note. I felt so bad for his old fat ass,(that no one would tell him he sucked), so I did. Then I left.

Brad said...

I guess it would be in poor taste to make fun of Styx, too...

VE said...

damon - Some guys can still cut it; some can't. Neil Young can kick some ass on guitar when he wants to...he bowled over some of the younger folks when he was doing those lollapalooza things ahwile back. Too bad about Foreigner.

brad - No, Styx is wide open to make fun of. They lost their safety pass when the made Mr. Roboto...

Theresa said...

I remember "Me and you and a dog named boo". Of course I do; I was seven. 7-year olds always remember songs about animals.
"Cat scratch fever" and "A horse with no name" always confused me though.

HeyJoe said...

OK let's go:

I remember Dog named Boo. I believe it was played on The Brady Kids, a very sucky cartoon from way back when.

Toto's TRUE hit was Hold the Line "Love isn't always on time! woa, woa, woa."

I beleive it was Little River Band that sang Rosanna, but I could be wrong, but I'm not.

Saw the guy from REO on tv a few weeks ago on one of those "you sing the rest of the song" type shows. He sounded like shit, embarrassingly so.

Paper Lace - Where are you since The Night Chicago Died?

Serena Joy said...

I vaguely remember Lobo, but I didn't know it was a person. I thought it was some 1-hit band. I had no memory of Toto -- until you mentioned it. Ack! Never heard of Yazz, and I suspect I'm better off for it. I don't think you have to worry about polyester Sans-a-Belts for at least another 50 years.:-)

VE said...

theresa - Now just because you were 7 when it first came out doesn't mean you weren't able to suffer years later as they kept dragging it out for replays...

heyjoe - I'm glad I could be there for you with this confessional ;)

sj - Ok, where were you during all this music? Fess up...

Jeff said...

heyjoe - Rosanna was for sure written by Toto. It was a tribute to Rosanna Arquette who Steve Porcaro was dating at the time. I know this because I named my daughter Roseanna. Not because of the song but because that's her grandmother's name. But she now hates that song with a passion because everybody sings it to her ALL. THE. TIME! ;b

Serena Joy said...

It was the 70s, dude. I don't remember!:D

Kelley said...

Hey biatch, was that a veiled comment to me losing my mojo?

Right now dosed up on legal hallucinogenics I am thinking my shopping list is mad funny and I might just post it.

Or dance.

Or call for guest bloggers...

Michelle Ann said...

What??? No Night Ranger? No Damn Yankees??? My god, how can you go wrong with Ted Nugent, Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades...the wholly trinity???

Apple needs to start selling pre-loaded Shuffles with one hit wonders from the 80's. I would so buy that!

VE said...

jeff - OMG, you knew the name of one of them! You knew the backstory of one of their songs. You are scaring me... Ha ha ha Oh, and how could you do that to your daughter...

sj - Yeah, yeah, and some of it clearly you don't want to remember.

kelley - No, no, I have total confidence in your abilities to abuse me and make me laugh all at the same time. I'm working on something for your site...stay tuned.

michelle - Uggh...more Tommy Shaw. Now Ted N.; I can still handle a little Stranglehold...

Carla said...

I didn't get past 'boxers' all I could think of was old underwear. I'll try again tomorrow.

VE said...

carla - Now that's funny. I hadn't thought about boxers as underwear...

Mr Farty said...

Mmmm thanks, I've been playing all of Toto's hit tonight. They still rock.

Yazz, however, needs to be shot through the lungs. It would be a blessing.

VE said...

mr. farty - Funny...they just played one on the 70s satellite station too