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October 12, 2005

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TD

Did you know that Andrew Gold (Thank You For Being a Friend and Oh What a Lonely Boy) is the son of Marnie Nixon who dubbed singing for Deborah Kerr and Audrey Hepburn? You can look it up.

Ambrosia opened for someone (Foreigner? REO?) and they played a song that they co-wrote with (at the time) the coolest guy on the planet--Kurt Vonnegut. It was called 'Nice Nice Very Nice"

Lee R.

Call me kooky, but I knew who did all that stuff...and I don't find it that bad actually. Course I also think Huey Lewis and the News were under-rated popmeisters, so there you go.

"Magic" is a great single from the 70's. Little tidbit, it was produced by Alan Parsons (of the Project).

fatty jubbo

you know...there are a lot of songs that have been played so often as bumper music on Coast to Coast that whenever I hear them in an ordinary context I always expect that voice to come over and say something like: "Wanna take a ride? Call .....". The same goes with those old collections from the 80s...maybe thats why whenever I whistle a punchy dancey version of "god bless america" it always seques into "jingle bells".

Guest

I'd love to see you do this "match the song with the band" with the second wave southern rock bands like Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot, the Outlaws, all the Van Zandt siblings and Skynyrd spinoffs, etcetera. Now those guys are hard to tell apart.

Edoc

I grew up listening to all that crap. I still hate some of those songs-- James Taylor's "You've got a Friend" and Dan Hill's "Sometimes when we touch" are some other examples of songs that cause great mental anguish. Oh, and anything by Gordon Lightfoot.

dj Danny S

Cherie Birkin, bless yo heart, we're like this (I point to my eyes, then to yours); (spoken somewhat embarrasingly:) I've already copied all the info of this post to a notepad doc for MelodiousMusicofMediocrity gatherings. In a strange preface of fate, it was on my list of sudden obsessions last week to find a FULL version of Exile's "Kiss You All Over" which was a mission accomplished.

What I'm trying to say is, gimme your email addy and I'll forward you the compilation you crave direckly (well, soon as I gather up said objects). You can write me at [email protected] if you wish.

Fatty Jubbo, I'm right there with you too. I briefly worked at a discount variety-type store where this exact music rang thru and I (thought I) loved it (cuz I had only been working there 2 months and hadn't been zombified yet). I'll never forget divulging my happiness to a superior, and her reply was "yeah, it's ok unless you're having a bad relationship day." (because this list isn't even factoring in the female companions of MusicMush... the Bonnie Tyler, Nicollet Larson, Gloria Loring, 80's-era-Dionne Warwick etc persuasions). Like Homer says, it's funny, cuz it's true!

Ape Module

I remember that song "Moonlight...Feels Right" used to creep me out as a kid. Terry Jack's version of "Seasons In the Sun" did too. Gave me the willies for some reason. Some stuff from this era isn't so bad. I've been looking for "Born To Be Alive" by Patrick Hernandez for a while and I always thought "My Love Is Alive" by Gary Wright would be cool to cover in a real slow and heavy stylee.

Jonathan M

"Nice, Nice" was originally in Vonnegut's "Cat's Cradle". Ambrosia subsequently put the words to music. Not exactly 'co-wrote'.

I remember a friend in high school was a big Orleans fan. He tried to argue they're not as lame as they sound, or something like that.

I agree with the posters who say "Magic" is better than the other songs on this list.

Aztec Two Step certainly belongs on any list of lame white 1970's acts. Can't say for sure if they ever had a hit on the charts.

And where's Leo Sayer in all of this? I once had a blind date with someone who had seen two concerts recently. Leo & Chuck Berry. She said Leo was much better than Chuck. I did my best to be polite.

england

Hey! Wait JUST A MINUTE!! How about 'Never Gonna Fall in Love Again" by Eric Carmen?? How can that, the sappiest song of all-time, NOT be mentioned amongst all this?? Just for that, this site has no credibility in the mind of yours' truly! Shame on you!

Stefan

Although I agree with most of the list I have to say I like Pilot. Apart from "Magic", they had other and more Beatlesque songs that were fantastic IMO. Underrated group!

But I could definitely see "Solid" by Ashford & Simpson on the list.

Hello

"Cool Night" by Paul Davis is essential Yacht Rock

Bill S.

Pilot was really off-genre for the rest of these SoCal, soft-rock acts, as they were decidedly Beatlesque power popsters with a sound that went for jangly, not smooth. They were also a couple of years earlier than the rest of the acts listed here.

Starbuck's "Moonlight Feels Right" is a good addition, though I happen to think it's a terrific song. However terrific, it's very smooth and polished in the yacht-rock way, and feels boomerish before its time, reminiscing about college ("Class of seven-four gold ring") and anticipating Viagra ("The South is gonna rise again, heh-heh").

You can't forget Atlanta Rhythm Section on this list. "Imaginary Lover" is one creepy song about self-pleasure, and "So Into You" is about as smooth as 70s AM radio ever got. They also have a great version of "Spooky," though it's actually got some instrumental prowess involved and thus would be the skunk at the picnic with a party like this.

Concert Tickets

Good god. I'd forgotten entirely about a few of these songs. Christ...

chris

I was in a prog cover band in high school and we did an Ambrosia song called "Time Waits For No One." I also remember some other good tracks by them- "Nice, Nice, Very Nice", "Dance With Me George."
You know, I only mention it to counterbalance all this awful awful stuff.

Alisha

I LOVE LITTLE RIVER BAND- LONESOME LOSER, LADY, REMANISCING. PAUL DAVIS I GO CRAZY, PLAYER, BABY COME BACK. I Just Wanna Stop" by Gino Vanelli. "How Much I Feel" by Ambrosia.. AND ALOT MORE. ANYONE WANT TO TALK ABOUT THOSES GREAT BANDS EMAIL ME AT [email protected] I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU ALL SOON.

ALISHA
WBS

yacht boy

you obviously love this shit if you did a whole freakin webpage on it. hahahahahah l0000000ser

P Hepple

By your comment you obviously have no clue that Ambrosia is one of America's best progressive art rock bands. Ambrosia's first album is a classic art rock album mixed by Alan Parsons that sounds nothing like their later pop singles. It sounds much more like the English prog rock bands Yes and King Crimson. Check out Ambrosia's first two albums and you will be amazed!!

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