“Do It Again” by Steely Dan (1972)/”Dirty Work” by Steely Dan (1972)

My quandary: I just rated “Dirty Work” four stars, but I like that particular song about as much as I like “Do It Again”. Do I down-rate “Do It Again”? Or do I call a do-over on “Dirty Work” and give both songs five stars? Well, it’s obvious which decision I went with. “Do It… Read More “Do It Again” by Steely Dan (1972)/”Dirty Work” by Steely Dan (1972)

“Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” by The Spinners (1972)

Thom Bell was instrumental in The Spinners becoming a legendary vocal group. When the two entities connected, Bell was already in the process of becoming a known quantity as a songwriter/producer/arranger. The Spinners were a C-level Motown group, most famous for the Stevie Wonder-penned “It’s A Shame”. Feeling like they weren’t a priority with Berry… Read More “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” by The Spinners (1972)

“Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” by The Looking Glass (1972)

Yacht rock before the invention of yacht rock, “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” was a song I heard often while growing up. Particularly during my teenage years, my grandmother had a tendency to blast music throughout the house we grew up in. If it wasn’t the Christian radio station, it was Lite FM, New York’s… Read More “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” by The Looking Glass (1972)

“Blame It On The Rain” by Milli Vanilli (1989)/”Blame It On The Sun” by Stevie Wonder (1972)

Might as well contain some of the elements if the opportunity arises. I wouldn’t be surprised if Diane Warren was inspired to write the former song after hearing Stevie Wonder’s 1972 classic. Forget the “who’s singing” Milli Vanilli scandal. Not to say that Frank Farian and Clive Davis’s business practices* deserve applause or anything, but how… Read More “Blame It On The Rain” by Milli Vanilli (1989)/”Blame It On The Sun” by Stevie Wonder (1972)

“Betcha By Golly, Wow!” by The Stylistics (1972)

I can confirm that people did, in fact, use the word “golly” back in the ‘70s. And it wasn’t just people on Happy Days or Sesame Street, either! I’m pretty sure I heard my Mom use that word on several occasions. Retroactive silliness of the song title notwithstanding, “Betcha By…” remains a highlight of the catalog of The… Read More “Betcha By Golly, Wow!” by The Stylistics (1972)