December 20, 2008

Hey! Gather The Kids And Sing Along With Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again, Naturally," The Most Depressing Smash Hit Single EVER!

From Wikipedia "...In 1972, his international star rose after his self-penned ballad, 'Alone Again (Naturally),' a No. 3 hit in UK, became a chart-topper in the U.S., spending six weeks at number one (!!!) on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and selling nearly two million copies there..." I have a theory that every song that was ever on any of the Billboard charts (1) is some couple's song and (2) served as mood music during the conception of a baby. "Honey! Honey! They're playing our song! They're playing 'Along Again, Naturally!'" At a bare minimum, during the six weeks it reigned the charts, the kids were fucking like crazy in the back seats of cars to this song about throwing in the towel. I'm also fixated with Gordon Lightfoot's "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," a song which reached #2 on the Billboard charts in '76 and remains a cornerstone of mellow radio. Now, I'm a fan of Gordo's music, and I love the spooky production on that tune in particular,...but it's a DIRGE about a bunch of guys dyin' in a goddamn boating accident! And the kids were slow-dancing & fucking to it!

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