*The first all-white pop act signed to Motown Records complemented the company's effort to change with the times. It wasn't just about appealing to a broader white audience, but to get songs on FM radio. Motown's use of studio musicians with most of their previous artists did not go well with this group...a full band. But they got through that and we'll play the band's most celebrated hit from 1971. Name the band and extra credit for the song name...
*We'll play an artist hailing from Hamtramck, MI who is known for his gruff, wailing singing style, much influenced by Little Richard and his dynamic stage performances, influenced by James Brown. This artist's first band he fronted for was Billy Lee & The Rivieras, but that name was short-lived when their label quickly changed it in the mid-60's. The hits started to roll. Name the artist and the name of the band...
*This artist wrote this song about his girlfriend (who later became his wife) who broke off their relationship for a spell. The reason was she was just coming off a broken relationship with Rolling Stones founding member, Brian Jones, and did not want to fall into a similar kind of situation. The song must have brought her back to the artist who was close friends with The Beatles at the time. In fact, the artist's producer cautioned him not to play the album and the song to Paul McCartney, for fear of him trying to do something similar. Pretty cool story. Name the artist and extra credit for the name of the song.
*A couple members of this legendary rock band wrote a song drawing inspiration from Joni Mitchell, specifically after one of her great tracks. Mitchell, as most know, lived in the musically fertile, but earthquake prone, Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles. Her song recalls her adventures on a trip to Europe while very much looking forward to a return home. The guy in the song is looking for a girl just like Joni. Lots of opportunities here. Name the Joni Mitchell track, the band who wrote the song inspired by it...and extra credit for the name of that song...
Battle Of The Bands!
If I Ever Lose My Faith In You by Sting vs Graceland by Paul Simon
1. Rare Earth, I Just Want to Celebrate
2. Mitch Ryder, Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels
3. Donovan, Sunshine Superman, The girlfriend was Linda Lawrence
4. California, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant for Led Zeppelin, Going To California
Sting was the winner by a single vote
*How do you spell success from 1969-1975? This band had 21 hit singles, 11 in the top ten. They covered hits by Lennon/McCartney, Neil Young, Robbie Robertson, Traffic, Dave Mason and Elton John. Name the band...
*This 'Down Under' band recorded their first album...an eponymous one at that...in 1975. The band wasn't known as much by their individual names as much as the band as a whole. (A subject that will be explored in depth on future shows)... We'll play their debut international single. Name the band and extra credit for the track name...
*A fellow by the name of Tandyn Almer was a successful songwriter in the 60's and 70's...close friends with Brian Wilson and wrote a classic one for the Beach Boys, (Sail On Sailor). But he also wrote a song for a band in tomorrow's BOTB's contest ...it was the first hit for the group. The band's follow-up release then went all the way to the #1 spot. The song in question...the 1966 track...their intro to the world. Name the band and extra credit for the name of their first hit...with even more credit if you know the follow-up track that went to #1....
*If you like to read fiction, perhaps with a western flair...you may have encountered this artist's father's books. It appears the artist inherited those storytelling abilities and went a couple steps forward, putting those lyrics into songs.
His debut album in 1989 was memorable, but we'll see some quite steady improvement that resulted in a new album released last year. Name the artist...
Battle Of The Bands!
Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress by The Hollies vs Along Comes Mary by The Association
1. Three Dog Night
2. Little River Band, It’s A Long Way There
3. The Association, Along Comes Mary, Cherish
4. James Mcmurtry
The Association was the winner with 53% of the votes
*We'll play a track from this artist who asked Roy Bittan, who is best known as a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, to tickle the ivories for this one. He was asked to sound like New Orleans blues singer and pianist Professor Longhair. Ironically, Bittan had actually seen Longhair for the first time 3 weeks prior to the recording session at a club outside of Houston. The year was 1976 and Bittan was amazed not only that he'd just seen him, but was asked by this British artist to play like him. Name the artist and extra credit if you know the name of the track....
*Hidden meanings in songs are not new, but this band did not play around with those in any of their songs. This track from 1984 had more of a pop sound and was kind of quirky, qualities that made it a hit. The video for the song shows the artist and frontman of the band playing a man about to be married. He develops an extreme case of cold feet, then he falls asleep and dreams that his bride and all the guests turn into monsters. He decides to run out on the wedding only to find his bride, who has also run out...so they drive off together. Hint...think of a popular game show...Name the band and the song...
*This bandmember proudly claims that he never behaved like a typical rock star when he was on tour, especially when it came to groupies, which he always tried to avoid. A run-in with one such character was the impetus for the song we'll play. The artist, who was married in 1968, was tempted by a groupie after a show in Denver in 1970, but instead went back to his hotel room alone and wrote a prayer beginning, 'If my fist clenches...' Name the artist and extra credit for the song name...
*We'll enjoy a track that is about a sailor at sea thinking about returning to his lover, who is back on land. Normally a fog horn signals danger, but in this case, it means he is close to home and his love. There is plenty of room for interpretation...life is finite (the ship sailing on its round trip), life must be lived to its fullest (I want to rock your gypsy soul), and an acceptance of its inevitable end...floating into...well the unknown. The artist's summary...When you have seen the world and loved someone, you should have no reason to fear the end because you have lived your life to the fullest. Name the artist and the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Sharp Dressed Man by Z Z Top vs Let It Roll by Little Feat
1. David Bowie, TVC 15
2. Greg Kihn Band, Jeopardy
3. Pete Townshend, Behind Blue Eyes
4. Van Morrison, Into The Mystic
Z Z Top was the winner with 52% of the votes
* This artist has been a part of a few bands starting in the 60's, while also enjoying a bit of a solo career. A great guitarist who first gained true notoriety with this band in 1966, a power trio, gave us a few studio albums prior to the frontman leaving for other musical ventures. The band was known for a combination of funk, hard rock and even some elements of soul in their mix. The artist left the band and the area after the band released their third album in 1971. Name the artist and the band he left...
*This great artist was frustrated by dissension with his band and dissatisfied with his own performance on their latest studio album, so he decided to record his first-ever solo record in 1989. The album would go on to become his greatest commercial success. He would go on to use certain members of his band in his solo albums, but not all of them, furthering the tension. The group's drummer in particular, was most disruptive and was excluded from participation on the first 2 solo albums...soon after the 2nd album...he was dismissed from the band. Name the artist...his band and extra credit for the name of his most successful solo album...
*We'll play a song that was written by one of the band's singers and guitarist as he was in a cab on the way to Heathrow airport. He just wrote down what he saw and how he felt as they wormed in and out of traffic. He did not end up singing lead on this track as an artist who sang with both the band 'Ace" and 'Mike And The Mechanics' handled the vocals. The singer actually joined the band for this album, replacing a guy by the name of Jools Holland on keyboards.
The song we'll play from the 1981 album was produced by Elvis Costello. Name the band, the artist who sang the lead vocals and the song....the band's biggest hit...
*Before this group was formed, this band's guitarist and lead singer wrote this particular track. The song is about a truck driver in the American Southwest who makes some extra cash smuggling cigarettes and transporting illegals across the border from Mexico. When the band recorded this track, the songwriter and Ry Cooder do some dueling slide guitar together. Cooder was working on his very first album in the same studio where this band was recording theirs.
Name the band, the guitarist and lead singer and extra credit for the name of the song.....
Battle Of The Bands!
Let’s Dance by David Bowie vs Hello It’s Me by Todd Rundgren
1. Joe Walsh, The James Gang
2. Tom Petty, The Heartbreakers, Full Moon Fever (Stan Lynch was the drummer)
3. Squeeze, Paul Carrack, Tempted
4. Little Feat, Lowell George, Willin’
Todd Rundgren was the winner with 52% of the votes