Classic Rock Bottom

I'll start this Episode with a couple of more songs railing at Bosses.
Then the very real problem today of Getting A Job!
It's not easy, and certainly not helped by people nagging you about it.
And the Bills don't stop coming whether you are Working or not- that too will be noted in song!
In the 60's, many groups and artists started to get heavy with their song lyrics, indulging in Social Commentary about the world around them.
I have a great example from a then unexpected source who surprised us with it back in 1968.
As per my Union Contract, I will take a break for a week or two from The Rat Race.
This Series will continue though, as The Rat Race always continues- never stops, just goes on and on- making a return to it a simple matter.
For next week, a Seasonal Show.
But hey, give this one a listen, it's good, lol!
Here are the links for this one, have a seat, fill out an application and we'll call you, at Mike Pell Rockollections:
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Comment by Mike Pell on September 20, 2014 at 1:26am
Man, then I'm glad you saved it for Friday too, lol!
Also glad I am turning you guys onto the old Dylan, although I never though of Maggie's Farm as a cover by Tom Petty.  
That is a great line, "she's sixty-eight but says she's fifty-four".
Big difference...hey wait, maybe for me, lol!
Get A Job and Jim Stafford I thought would be fun listens.
Actually they are the Honey Cone, and I was gonna comment on "Experience preferred but will accept a young trainee"- sure I'll BET they would- but thought better about it, lol!
There's really only the first 3 valid albums by Spanky and Our Gang worth listening to, but a very experimental group for that grand time in the 60's.
I really really like them, and wish they were not so forgotten today.
The Golden Pell goes to Ray Stevens for Mr. Businessman, and the song really is lyrically terrific!
86 proof anesthetic...what a line!
It came out of left field for him, and is a great call by you to give it.
I don't remember you mentioning You Can Have The Crown, but I have it and will dig it out and check the studio lyrics and whether I can get away with playing it.
You keep these songs coming and the Series will never end, lol!
But keep 'em coming.
Yeah, you thought it was Chong too?
Maybe I can find out.
One thing you have told me that I remember is the Ray Stevens live show in Branson in 1994, which you thought was terrible.
Probably the last time I played Ray Stevens, lol!
Thanks for the listen and writing, and the suggestion,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on September 19, 2014 at 11:01am

I'll agree with Jon on the Chong comment...I thought it sounded like him too. 

And as much as I like Ray Stevens studio work, his live show, which I caught in Branson in 1994, was terrible.

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on September 19, 2014 at 11:00am

Man Mike, I really enjoyed this half-show.  Although the subject matter was dark and gloomy, the vast majority of the songs were perky and it really picked me up.  I'm glad I saved it for Friday.

I didn't hear a single song today that wasn't enjoyable.  But I'll comment on just a few of them:

Maggie's Farm by Dylan (a staple) was cool.  That song sounds like a perfect cover opportunity for Tom Petty.  And I love the line, "she's sixty-eight but says she's fifty-four".

Get A Job was great to hear.  It really reminded me of Sha Na Na's television show from way back when.

Jim Stafford was cool too.  He's a brilliant guitarist.

The Honeycombs almost got the Golden Pell for Want Adds.  So did Spanky and Our Gang for My Bill.  That's hilarious, somebody got a letter about an unpaid final payment of a bill, and they set it to music.  Hilarious but brilliant.

And because of the superb lyrical message, the Golden Pell goes to Ray Stevens for Mr. Businessman.  That song is terrific.

Now, I have a song that, to me, would have fit this show perfectly.  I think I've brought it to your attention before, but here it is again.  The only thing I can find on youtube is a double song, so the song in question is the first of the two. It's called You Can Have The Crown, and there is some swearing, but he can't find a job, so it fits.  Sorry if I've played you this song before.

Comment by Mike Pell on September 18, 2014 at 11:43pm
But was it better, lol?
Spanky & Our Gang did some very creative and experimental stuff back in the 60's, and were highly regarded.
I can't understand why they are so forgotten today, a shame really.
Maybe Chong was at the end, like I say they had a lot of friends in music, although isn't that a little before Cheech & Chong?
Interesting job, not a good one but interesting, selling Ray Stevens stuff, lol!
I am not sure you can say the people calling in were some of the stupidest people on the face of the earth.
I mean, what if you were selling Miley Cyrus stuff today, wouldn't they be right up there...or down there, lol?
Don't be wondering if I had lost it.
My uncanny ability to pick the precisely perfect songs for a subject and play them in the order that gives them all a greater impact will continue as long as I do shows.
There will NEVER be a YET as long as I take a breath, LOL!
Thanks for the listen and writing you smartass,
Comment by Jon on September 18, 2014 at 7:49am

Now this was much better, much MUCH better.

The Spank & The Gang sounded like a joke song. Also sounded like Chong was at the end of the song. No Checch though.

Many years ago, I worked at a place that took calls for a Ray Stevens video or maybe it was a CD. The people calling in were some of the stupidest people on the face of the earth. Kinda made me swear of RS even though the only song I really knew was "The Streak" which was kinda stupid.

The rest of the show was fine and I'm happy that you rebounded. I was wondering if you had lost it, thankfully you haven't. Yet.


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