Here we go again with our (monthly?) feature. With the twin goals of reaching even more fans of all kinds of music and finding busy work for our volunteer intern and amateur Lego® modeler, the Incredible HERC, we proudly present our MAY Edition: Songs Casey Kasem Never Played on American Top 40 (because they peaked at #41 or below on the Billboard charts), but B100.FM Does Play. Kind of a long title so we’ve cut it down to Songs Casey Didn’t, (but B100.FM Does) Play.
Our series rolls on with these four songs from the late Seventies, all of which peaked outside the Top 40 in either May 1977 or May 1979. NOTE: there is nothing wrong with your computer screen or your eyes, if you missed the “Lego” hint you may skip trying to answer the Trivia Questions associated with each song. After forming the band in 1967, Peter Gabriel left British progress rock band Genesis in 1975, to embark on a solo career. In March of 1977, his former bandmates scored their very first Hot 100 single with the Gabriel-less “Your Own Special Way”. A week after it peaked at number 62, it fell to number 99 and then left the Hot 100. Two weeks later, Gabriel’s debut single “Solsbury Hill” debuted at number 90, only to reach number 68 three weeks later. Maybe the song was ahead of its time and it took the average pop fan a while to catch on to the poignant tune with an unusual (7/4) time signature, similar to “All You Need Is Love” by the Beatles or Pink Floyd’s “Money”. A live version of “Solsbury Hill” from Peter Gabriel Plays Live also made the chart in 1983, climbing to number 84.
Trivia: Who successfully auditioned to be the lead singer of Genesis when Peter Gabriel left? Hint: It’s probably not who you think it is, especially if you think it’s Phil Collins. (Answer in Comments below or email us B100DoctorBoogie@gmail.com)
Since their inception in 1970, Canada’s Chilliwack had only two brushes with the lower reaches of the Hot 100 here in the US before “Fly At Night” peaked at number 75 on the US chart in May 1977. Up until that time on the Canadian RPM chart, the band had notched eight entries including two Top 10s. Coming in at number 7 on the RPM chart, “Fly At Night” gave the boys a hat trick on the charts though they would add one more Canadian Top 10 in 1981 with their biggest hit, both in the US and Canada, “My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)”. Speaking of parenthetically titled songs, as the opening track on the original 1977 album Dreams, Dreams, Dreams, “Fly At Night” is listed as “Fly At Night (In The Morning We Land)”. The track may sound instantly familiar at times as multiple musical motifs come together to tell the story of a band touring the world, performing before adoring fans, just as Chilliwack was doing.
Trivia: In 1977, when the album Dreams, Dreams, Dreams and single “Fly At Night” were released, the four members of Chilliwack were all members of what
cult religion, even going so far as to thank the founder on the inner sleeve of the album? (Answer in Comments below or email us B100DoctorBoogie@gmail.com)
As with Springsteen’s patriotic “Born in The USA” or Lennon’s blasphemous “Imagine”, the ironic title and lyrics of “Good Times Roll” by The Cars are often lost on casual listeners. The opening track from the Rock Hall Of Fame inductees self-titled debut album, “Good Times Roll” was the third and final single released from The Cars and the first to miss the Top 40 as it peaked at number 41 in May 1979, clearing the way for Candy-O, the band’s second album, and its first single “Let’s Go”, which would go all the way to number 14. With its plodding rhythm and deadpan vocals, some folks still don’t get Ocasek’s irony in “Good Times Roll” and it ranks as one of the most mistitled songs ever, with callers requesting “Let The Good Times Roll” which is a different song altogether. In the forty years since its release in June 1978, nearly all the tracks from The Cars can be heard on classic rock stations around the world, hour after hour and day by day, including the sweet album-closing segue of “Moving In Stereo” and “All Mixed Up”. How many have you heard today?
True/False: The model pictured on the cover of The Cars will turn 60 this year. (Answer in Comments below or email us B100DoctorBoogie@gmail.com)
It took us a few months to figure out the title and artist of what turned out to be “No Time To Lose” by The Tarney/Spencer Band back in the days when you had to call the station and ask the jock what song it was they played on your afternoon commute. At various times, we thought it was Triumph, Zebra, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles or even Crosby, Stills & Nash. Alan Tarney and Trevor Spencer are better known as songwriters and producers today, with these other as heard on B100.fm hits bearing one or both of their names in the credits:
- “We Don’t Talk Anymore”, “Dreamin'”, “A Little In Love” – Cliff Richard
- “More Than I Can Say” – Leo Sayer
- “Pilot Of The Airwaves” – Charlie Dore
But from 1976-1979, they were a duo (Spencer on drums and Tarney on guitar, bass and vocals) that signed the standard 10 album deal with A&M Records before breaking up after recording just three albums and releasing eight singles, including “No Time To Lose”, which lost no time in landing at number 84 on the Hot 100 in May 1979, the most successful of six singles to peak eighty-three spots from the top that year. Then MTV happened in 1981 and the music video for “No Time To Lose”, featuring the band miming a performance of the song cut with scenes of roller skaters getting their skate on, began getting airplay and despite the recording and performing entity known as The Tarney/Spencer Group the song itself was re-released, only to peak at number 74 in March 1981.
Trivia: Alan Tarney’s biggest producer credit is for a worldwide Number One hit by a trio. While he was not the first person to produce the track, Tarney’s version became the hit everyone knows and is heard on B100.fm. What is the name of this iconic Eighties track (US 45 bricked out below), featuring an innovative, award-winning music video? (Answer in Comments below or email us B100DoctorBoogie@gmail.com)
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