Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Love Lockdown: The AM, Then FM Edition

Love songs, eh? There are but three uses for love songs.

The love song as a guide to life:

When a 13-year-old kid in Wisconsin started listening to the radio in 1970, love songs spoke to him. They helped that kid – who had no older brothers and no sisters – navigate social situations for which there were no instructions. Some love songs coached him on what to say, how it say it and when to say it. Other love songs simply were eye-openers.


We've Got To Get It On Again - The Addrisi Brothers (YSI)
We've Got To Get It On Again - The Addrisi Brothers (Limelinx)

Lessons also learned from: “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, 1972; “Me and Mrs. Jones,” Billy Paul, 1972; “Show and Tell,” Al Wilson, 1973; and “Third Rate Romance,” the Amazing Rhythm Aces, 1975.

The love song as soundtrack:

The soundtrack to a certain time spent with a certain girl. The soundtrack to a six-week romance during that Wisconsin kid’s senior year in high school. These love songs weren’t for that certain girl. Rather, they were on the radio as that kid eagerly drove to her house and then floated home again. Hearing them today, those six weeks rush back.


Everlasting Love - Carl Carlton (YSI)
Everlasting Love - Carl Carlton (Limelinx)

You're The First, The Last, My Everything - Barry White (YSI)
You're The First, The Last, My Everything - Barry White (Limelinx)

Other soundtrack selections: “When Will I See You Again,” the Three Degrees, 1974; and “Laughter in the Rain,” Neil Sedaka, 1974.

The love song as mood music:

As the ‘70s ended, that Wisconsin kid was a senior in college, where he met another girl. He spent time at her house, too. They never made it much beyond her couch, except when it was time to flip the record. They’re still together all these years later. Yet to say they have a song that’s theirs is a bit of a stretch. Well, this was on in the background.


Affirmation - George Benson (YSI)
Affirmation - George Benson (Limelinx)

Other mood music: Uhhh, what? “This Masquerade,” George Benson, 1976. Oh, yeah, and Blondie’s “Parallel Lines” album (1978) and “Squeezing Out Sparks” by Graham Parker and the Rumour (1979). And some double album on which I cleaned the dope. It wasn't Isaac Hayes' Shaft, but that's some sweet mood music, too.


Cafe Regios - Isaac Hayes (YSI)
Cafe Regios - Isaac Hayes (Limelinx)

Check out more dope stuff courtesy of Jeff at the inimitable AM, Then FM

Word From Your Moms:

"Put a little love in your heart, and the world will be a better place ... for you and me, you just wait and see."---Jackie DeShannon, 1969

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