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April 27, 2008 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: CMG , CMG-B.DL

...and I hate to have fun at anyone else's expense. However, I love watching those soft rock infomercials, like the current one featuring Air Supply. My favorite part is when they say things like "Wow: what great memories" while their tone says "Wow: I can't believe mounting debts have reduced me to doing an infomercial where I fawn over second-rate acts like 10CC."

Between laughs I noticed "I Wanna Make It With You" by Bread, which is from before my time. Nowadays we have lyrics like

All my life I been looking for something, something never comes, never leads to nothing. Nothing satisfies but I'm getting close: closer to the prize at the end of the rope.

Nothing against the Foo Fighters (or whoever did that - it may have been a knockoff band for all I know or care), but lyrics like that make me hope that they're just nonsense, and I think the odds are good that they are.

Back in the day, Bread sang If you're wondering what this song is leading to, I wanna make it with you.

That is probably the most sincere pop song ever. It is perhaps the opposite of "Solitary Man" (the lyrics of which are equally easy to understand, but exceedingly insincere). 

I've had it up to here being where love's a small world. Part-time thing, paper ring. I know it's been done, Having one girl who'll love me, right or wrong, weak or strong. Don't know that I will, but until I can find me a girl who'll stay and won't play games behind me, I'll be what I am: a solitary man. 

It's like Neil Diamond sat down and thought: "I want to get laid. What do young, impressionable girls like? They like strong, solitary men - wanderers who are always searching. And they always want to believe that they're good inside, just searching for the right girl, that they really want true love. Now I'll write that down with catchy rhymes, and I'll never be alone another night in my life."

At least Bread was honest. Unless there were any naive girls who didn't know what "make it" meant.

Getting back to the infomercial, it's a little unsettling to realize that I like some of these groups. Toto, Frampton, even the Cars made it onto the soft rock compilation. Then again, "Drive" was a shoo-in. On a serious note, it's too bad Ben Orr is remembered for being the guy whose vocals made the Cars sound like just another soft rock band.

Some woman who, I suppose, was famous for something or other (or maybe not), said Air Supply had so many great songs, and she had all of their albums. The singer (I just googled it) Russell Hitchcock glares daggers at her. "Thanks, Angela." Drop dead. ROTFLUGKLEHBTYOSQOL!

The compilation I want to see is all of Chipotle's ads on one CD, with a bonus DVD: "El Haciendo de los Cantos de los Burritos"

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#1) On April 28, 2008 at 8:00 AM, Gemini846 (65.28) wrote:

Does that mean you'll be green thumbing CMG again in the near future?

There was a song on the Verve Pipe's CD Villans from the late 90's that never really wen't single called "Reverand Girl"

Basically the guy is talking about how he loved this girl because she was so pure and innocent, but the more time he spent with her the more he wanted to do with her. He sums it up that he's pretty much screwed because to keep her pure he can't have her, but if he hooks up with her then he won't like her because she's not pure.

"the more we're acheiving the less chance of leaving this world, with a reverand girl."

 

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#2) On April 28, 2008 at 10:55 AM, FleaBagger (28.78) wrote:

I'm actually somewhat familiar with that song, Gemini. Let me tell you a story:

I was singing "Freshman" to myself a couple of years ago, and a friend who is about six years younger overheard me and expressed doubt that that was a "real song." I would have been incredulous that he would doubt that my singing of it was sufficient to validate any collection of words and notes, but I was too atonished that he had never heard it before. I loved it, it was all over the radio throughout my formative years, and I thought that it had kept up the rotation pretty well.

I went on Amazon and clicked "best price," expecting to see $8-10 for villains. I found one listed as "excellent" condition (by a reputable seller) for 1c + $2.49 s&h! So I snapped it up, and I listened to it a few times before giving it to my friend. (Okay, I actually ripped it to my computer - usually I'm really respectful of intellectual property rights, but the above post and this comment make me come across as someone who should be in jail, paying $100's of 1000's in fines.)

So that's how I know about "Reverend Girl." Gotta go. We actually have work coming in! (Weird...)

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