Monday’s Music Moves Me: Back To School

This year seems to have flashed by, hasn’t it? Already we’re at back to school and it seems like it wasn’t that long ago that they were just getting out. Not that I notice much, since we don’t have kids and the kids that do live in the neighborhood are all college age, so the school bus doesn’t come through anymore. Anyway, here’s some back-to-school music, along with a back-to-school commercial and some more school-related laughs.

  1. Rod Stewart, "Maggie May": About all this has to do with school is as one of his options when he and Maggie are breaking up, and I figured it was close enough for MMMM. From the 1971 album Every Picture Tells A Story. It was a #1 hit in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia in 1971.

  2. Junior Wells, "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl": A blues standard by Sonny Boy Williamson I, Junior recorded this with Buddy Guy in 1965.

  3. Beach Boys, "Be True To Your School": From their 1963 album Little Deuce Coupe, it reached #6 in the US and #4 in Canada in 1963-64. It uses the melody of "On, Wisconsin," which was also the melody used by Hawthorne High School, where the Wilson brothers went.

  4. Brownsville Station, "Smokin’ In The Boys’ Room": Something many of us who went to high school know a lot about. Reached #3 in the US and Canada in 1973-74.

  5. Otis Rush, "Homework": An original by Otis, released in 1962. The J. Geils Band did a great cover of this on their live album in the ’70’s.

  6. COMMERCIAL: Staples: From 1996. I found this a few years ago, and got a laugh out of it.

  7. Allan Sherman, "The Drop-Outs March": From 1963’s Allan In Wonderland, a march for those not returning to school.

  8. Alice Cooper, "School’s Out": For the kids who don’t want to go back to school. Title track for Alice’s 1972 album, it reached #7 on the Hot 100, #3 in Canada and #1 in the UK.

  9. Paul Simon, "Kodachrome": First single from his 1973 album There Goes Rhymin’ Simon, it reached #2 in the US and Canada. Clearly has a dim view of the education system.

  10. Chuck Berry, "School Days": The classic from Chuck Berry, as seen on The Saturday Night Beech-Nut Show.

  11. Bill Cosby, "Kindergarten": Whatever you think of Cos, it’s hard to deny he was one funny guy. Here are his memories of kindergarten and first grade.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 30, 2021.

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14 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Back To School

  1. Any playlist with School’s Out and Allan Sherman is a good playlist! I actually remember that Staples commercial (maybe because at the time I had a son in early elementary school. Um, that about captured it… I listened to a minute or so of Bill Cosby. The magic is gone for sure. I remember when my relatives in Brooklyn were so thrilled that the Cosby Show was filmed in Brooklyn. What a sad turnaround.


  2. I still get the shivers when I hear back to school because I hated school. I liked University but still hated to go and see my straight Cs. I love this music especially Smoking in the Boy’s Room and School’s out for Summer.I know that commercial well and laughed so hard at the man being so happy the kids are going back. I saw that ad often. I find Bill Cosby hilarious but I never liked the man. I can separate the talent of the person from the actual person and can listen to stand up routines. There was something about him that gave me the creeps. I heard everything got dropped and he is out of jail which is a shame because he is guilty and is a sexual predator.


    1. We didn’t have Staples here until the 2000’s so I never saw the commercial until I found it on YouTube.

      Cosby changed a lot from his first albums. After a while, he was more of a grumpy old guy. And, of course, what he did was totally unacceptable…


  3. John,

    Nice set of back to school song picks! I loved hearing Bill Cosby’s standup routine!! You’re right he’s absolutely funny. Whatever became of him with that sexual harassment suit? I haven’t heard anything in a long time or I just forgot. Oh well…I really enjoyed listening to your playlist while I did other things this morning. Have a boogietastic week, my friend!


  4. Hi John, I hope you’ve had a good summer. Scary how quickly time passes! I enjoyed your back-to-school playlist, especially Alice Cooper. That was an anthem in my high school years. Cheers!


    1. Good to hear from you again! Would you believe that I haven’t been out of the house all summer? No quarantines or lockdowns, there just hasn’t been a reason to leave the house…


  5. We’re over half way through our school year. In fact, in another 2 weeks the Barbarians will be on holidays with just one term to go until the end of the school year.


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