Wednesday, December 17, 2014

States - "My Latest Girl" (forgotten song)

Three years ago (!) I covered Norfolk's States and "Picture Me With You" as a forgotten song.  Today, on a whim, I played that song again and in the Youtube recommendations was a song called "My Latest Girl".  The title seemed vaguely familiar so I clicked on it and there it was -- a song I haven't heard in probably 30+ years.  I can't remember the room number of my office but I can remember a song title I haven't heard since middle school?!

This song is the first single of their 1979 debut LP "The States", and the sound is squarely in the late 70s / early 80s, Cars-influenced new wave genre.  I don't remember much about the song, but I assume this is another thing we can credit to the late Carol Taylor and her commitment to local music.  Of course at the time, to me it was just "music on the radio" and I didn't really understand the difference between local and national acts.

Anyone else remember this song from K94 and/or FM99 from back in the day?

States - "My Latest Girl"

Friday, December 5, 2014

Utopia - "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" (forgotten song)

I was watching college basketball the other night and after a commercial break ESPN was promoting "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" by Needtobreath.  My one word review for that: "yuck".  Or perhaps "blech".  Or "ZZZzzz".  Or "shit sandwich" (ok, that's two words...)

But it wasn't a total loss since the title was familiar and reminded me of a catchy chorus from the early MTV days.  A quick google search and I found the fun & quirky video for "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" that I had all but forgotten.  Turns out it is by Utopia, a Todd Rundgren-led band active primarily in the 70s & 80s (the song is a single from their self-titled 1982 LP).  I didn't remember any of that (and in 1982 I probably didn't really know who Todd Rundgren was), but I recall the video and the song's strong hook.

Anyone else recall this video?

Utopia - "Feet Don't Fail Me Now"