*Inspiration for songs can come from anywhere, anytime...this one happened in 1981. While taking a cab to Heathrow Airport, this band's guitarist and singer simply wrote down what he saw and felt as they were worming their way through traffic. The chorus must have anticipated a good time on the upcoming tour. The artist that sang lead on this track also sang with a couple of other bands...hits for the band Ace and Mike And The Mechanics. And the producer of this song was another well-known artist. Name the band, the song and who sang lead. Extra credit everywhere if you know the hit songs from Ace And Mike And The Mechanics as well. Have fun...
*We'll go back to 1967 to grab a track that features a key percussion instrument, but also highlights an electric sitar, orchestral strings and something called a vibraslap...a quite unusual percussion instrument akin to a jawbone that produces a rattling sound when struck. A year later, it was used in the intro to Jimi Hendrix's 'All Along The Watchtower. The lyrics of the song came to the writer after reading a newspaper article about an elder UK street musician.
Name the band that did the track and of course, the song...
*An internal challenge by fellow bandmates to come up with new material resulted in this group's songwriter vowing to leave them for the day, only to return in the morning with a brand new song . Furthermore he vowed the track would be a song of 'universal appeal'. Well...he did...creating the first Hot 100 chart-topper with a day in the week in the title. 1966 was the year. Name the band, the songwriter and of course the name of the song...
*A song that touches on this artist's earliest childhood memories is on tap, this version from 1970 with his other famous bandmates. When this artist was 4, his parents moved to a 'nice little town...a sleepy kind of place' where everybody knew everybody. At the age of 6, the artist contracted polio prompting his parents to spend an entire year in Florida, hoping the warm weather would speed his cure. The artist also dealt with the divorce of his parents where he and his brother went to a different parent. His memories inspiring this track are bittersweet and not something he could control...to say the least. Name the artist, the song and the band that performs it from 1970...
BATTLE OF THE BANDS
Pearl Necklace by Z Z Top vs Rad Gumbo by Little Feat
1. Squeze, Tempted, Paul Carrack, How Long, The Living Years (Elvis Costello Produced)
2. The Lemon Pipers, Green Tambourine
3. The Mamas & the Papas, John Philips, Monday Monday
4. Neil Young, Helpless, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Little Feat won by a mere 3 votes in a high vote total