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  1. To me, just about any popular song used in a commercial (as a jingle) is a song misused. The trend must be working for advertisers because this seems to be an epidemic. Every new one bums me a little bit, most especially when the lyrics are changed to include some slogan (Kragen Auto Parts messing with Canned Heat's Let's Work Together is a mild example -- others are far worse) Wasn't Sting's Desert Rose used to advertise something (some SUV, maybe?) and it was like it had just been released? The lag time between radio play and TV commercial seemed to not exist. The Rolling Stones' Start Me Up was used/misused for Microsoft. They just used the beginning, and I guess nobody gave a thought to the closing lines of the song (sometimes cut off on the radio): you make a dead man c#m I've heard the Stones figure "it's only rock and roll' when their stuff is used, and are happy to take the money and sponsorship for their tours. Some other artists are upset with their "art" being compromised, but one way or another lost the rights to the songs. This Note's For You is Neil Young's comment about the commercialization. And then there's the witty "The Who Sell Out" album from 35? years ago that features bogus jingles for 'Odor-o-no' and 'Heinz Baked Beans', etc. (a prediction?)
  2. Not forgotten from long ago and long, long ago Suavecito by Malo Funky Nassau - Part 1 by The Beginning of the End [1971 ?] Expressway To Your Heart by The Soul Survivors (Just Like) Romeo and Juliet by The Reflections [1964] Tobacco Road by The Nashville Teens Swinging On A Star by Big Dee Irwin (with Little Eva) [1963] Party Lights by Claudine Clark [1962]
  3. When we name names, you should remember that the choices are subjective to the maximum. And some part of Classic Rock's appeal (beside being great music) is based on memory of the contemporary environment. Some of the stuff that was considered experimental at the time (long, long rambling solos, especially drum solos) seem rather self-indulgent today. There have always been artists trying too hard to copycat the elements that worked for the super-groups. I suggest you dig deeply into stuff that interests you initially -- the best cuts are sometimes buried in an album behind the more commonplace. Having said all that, here's a few noteworthies. Jethro Tull Steppenwolf Grateful Dead Jefferson Airplane Country Joe & The Fish Johnny Winter The Kinks (not just "Lola" -- the Kinks are under-appreciated) Stevie Wonder (after he took the controls from Motown) and later on Peter Frampton Supertramp
  4. www.3wk.com (underground radio) has a Classic Rock side featuring streaming audio and a great mix of lesser- known songs and lesser-known artists.
  5. I always heard it as "pumped a lot of plain" meaning regular gas as opposed to premium gasoline. That made some sort of sense to me. I guess I'm suggesting still another possiblity and adding fuel to the confusion.
  6. Probably as much as you'll want to know about "Mercury Blues" at www.greenmanreview.com/k._c._douglas.html
  7. "Mercury Blues" was written by Robert L. Geddins & K.C. Douglas. I know that Steve Miller recorded back in 1967 or so. And Canned Heat did it also.
  8. It is usually 'yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah' or 'yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah', but Steve Miller uses 4 or 5 yeahs for emphasis in good percentage of his songs. "Living in the U.S.A", "Jet Airliner", "Space Cowboy", "Your Saving Grace" are a few examples.
  9. "Do You Know What I Mean" by Lee Micheals. The 1971 AM hit & Top Ten single featuring Lee's wailing vocal with keyboard and drums as the only accompaniment branded Micheals a "one hit wonder" (although he recorded ten albums between 1968 and 1981).
  10. [*] Feeling Alright - Traffic/Dave Mason used in a Friskies cat food commercial. [*] "Do you love 3? now at Applebee's" bastardized version of the Contours classic Do You Love Me? (Now That I Can Dance). [*] Snippet of Skynard's Sweet Home Alabama used in KFC (Kentucky? Fried Chicken) promo.
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