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26 April 2007 @ 11:06 am
Music, er, Thursday  

I failed to post any music this past Monday, not on the previous Monday. I am a bad, bad man. But I aim to rectify that! First, a comic strip:

Curtis

Say, that reminds me of some songs!

Sammy Johns - Chevy Van (mp3, 2.7 Mb)
Jay Ferguson - Thunder Island (mp3, 4.6Mb)
Starland Vocal Band - Afternoon Delight (mp3, 3.7 Mb)

I suppose "spontaneous love" is a not entirely unreasonable way to describe picking up a hitchhiker and having sex with her in the back of your car, which is what "Chevy Van" is all about. The situation described in "Thunder Island" is perhaps slightly less spontaneous, since the couple in question had "shared the hours without number" before succumbing to their mutual passion in a rain-soaked field. Even less spontaneous is "Afternoon Delight," in which the singers are actively contemplating the nooner they'll be enjoying later. So while "spontaneity" may not necessarily be the best word in describing some of these songs, "unprotected hanky-panky" strikes me as a perfectly apt descriptor for all three.

And while we're at it, how about some of that rap that Mr. Wilkins hates so much?

Eminem - Lose Yourself (mp3, 4Mb)
Public Enemy - By the Time I Get To Arizona (mp3, 6.6Mb)
Kanye West - Jesus Walks (mp3, 3.2Mb)

Hey, look at me, stacking the deck! Language aside, these three songs are, in their way, more wholesome than the three paeans to casual sex up at the top of this post. It would have been pretty easy to find songs that proved Mr. Wilkins's point, but where's the fun in that?

 
 
Current Music: Beyonce feat. Jay-Z - Crazy in Love
 
 
michelle: evil hand issuescertainthings on April 26th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)

Thank you for the songs
Rusty: slant of lightrustydog on April 27th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
Hee. Nice little study. :)

I'm downloading Thunder Island, Afternoon Delight, and the Eminem and Kanye West. Thank you!
fizzball on April 27th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
Jay Ferguson did the music for the pilot episode of a certain 90s television show on Fox.
John Heaton: tvjheaton on April 30th, 2007 11:31 am (UTC)
No kidding! I didn't know that. I knew he wrote the theme to the U.S. version of The Office though.
aheaton on May 3rd, 2007 06:49 am (UTC)
Your statement that the 70s songs advocate "unprotected" hanky panky is not supported by the lyrics, none of which say anything about protection one way or the other. Nor is it fair to describe Afternoon Delight as advocating "casual sex." The Starland Vocal Band consisted of two married couples, although one of the couples may have gotten married shortly after recording the song.