Wasn’t sure exactly what to call this, but I pictured walking along a beach looking for seashells, picking them up because they look interesting, or maybe just because. Anyway, it’s ten songs, chosen more or less at random.
- Blondie, "Heart Of Glass": From 1979 and Blondie’s third album, 1978’s Parallel Lines, this was a #1 hit in much of the world, including the US and the UK.
- Carly Simon, "You’re So Vain": Saw this and realized I hadn’t heard it (nor seen the album cover) in many moons. From her 1972 album No Secrets, the song went to #1 in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Speculation was that it was about Mick Jagger (who sings on the track), but all she’ll say is that it’s about "men."
- Supertramp, "Take The Long Way Home": From 1979’s Breakfast In America, it was the fourth single from the album and the last one written for it. It reached #10 on the Hot 100 and #4 in Canada. Several years ago, I wrote about a line from an interview with Hodgson about the song.
- The Alan Parsons Project, "Time": From the 1980 album The Turn Of A Friendly Card, this climbed to #15 on the Hot 100, #10 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and only reached #30 in Canada.
- George Harrison, "Isn’t It A Pity": From George’s 1970 magnum opus, All Things Must Pass, there were two versions of this song on the album. I’m pretty sure this is the first version.
- Bob Marley & The Wailers, "Waiting In Vain": Lee Ritenour covered this on his 1993 album Wes Bound. It’s from Marley’s 1977 album Exodus and reached #27 on the UK charts that year.
- America, "Ventura Highway": From their 1972 album Homecoming and written by Dewey Bunnell, this reached #8 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the Adult Conemporary chart, and #5 in Canada.
- The Foundations, "Build Me Up Buttercup": Mary says she thought they were singing "build me a buttercup." Such was the world of transistor radios with tiny speakers on the late ’60’s. It was certified Gold in the US not long after it was released, and reached #1 according to Cash Box and #3 according to Billboard in early 1969.
- Paul Young, "Everytime You Go Away": Written by Daryl Hall and recorded by Hall & Oates in 1980, Paul Young’s cover was released in 1985 and reached #1 in the US and #4 in the UK.
- Whitesnake, "Is This Love": We end this with a little "hair metal" from 1987. From their eponymous first album, this was its second single and reached #9 in the UK and #2 in the US, kept out of the top spot by George Michael’s "Faith." I remember a Friday night when I was sent to a client site to fix a problem, and got lost looking for the hotel (that was ten minutes away and took me an hour to find). When I got there, I put the TV on, and this was playing on Friday Night Videos. The things you remember…
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for October 5, 2020.