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Monday, February 28, 2005
 

Lost Cause

Beck: Lost Cause [Japan Promotional CD] (2002)


Time for another installment of Freeway Jam's regular irregular feature we like to call "What were people looking for when they would up here?"

For those new to this blog, this is where we take a look at the Google and Yahoo search engine terms that brought people, often unwittingly, to Freeway Jam.

When we last tuned in, those pesky Splinter termites continued to invade, hunting down their Holy Grail: an mp3 or lyrics to "Costafine Town", Splinter's biggest hit, peak chart position #77. We've gotten, by far, more hits for this than anything else. All because of an aside I made at the end of a long post about my personal wish list (Update on that: Hazel's Wreath finally turned up; I could snatch half of it before it was gone again). This was an early prehistoric post; notice that photography had not been invented at Freeway Jam yet.

This week has been interesting. As the archive gets bigger, we're starting to get more search engine hits. Instead of 3 or 4 a week, we're up to 5 or 6 a day. We've built a molehill from an anthill, it would seem; a nice thing.

So at last, this regular irregular feature, which has always been slim pickins in the past, has some pretty good variety this week, and I see no reason to believe future installments won't be even better.

So, without further ado: What were people looking for when they wound up here?

This sampling is from Feb. 22 through Feb. 28:

From Google: "costafine town" mp3
From Google: costafine town mp3
Splinter: Costafine Town [Japan 45] (1974)
Okay guys. I know how tough it is. I've been in your shoes. I've offered you the world of Costafine Town. I have nothing left to give. If anyone can suggest a free host that lets me upload an mp3, I'll even post my mp3. And Warner Brothers/Dark Horse had better not raise a peep, unless they ever decide to re-release the damn thing. Looks like it'll be a big hit, if they ever do.

From Google: 4 Hero "Les Fleurs" lyrics
From Google: lyrics les fleurs 4 hero
From Google: les fleurs Minnie Riperton mp3 download
From Google: 4 hero lyrics les fleurs
From Google: download free mp3 4 hero les fleurs
4 hero: Les Fleur [CD Single] (2002)
Regulars may remember that these two versions of the same song have also been constantly turning up again and again, all because it was mentioned in Freeway Jam's very first post. I guess these Les Fleurs fans are here to stay; I'm thinking of starting a Les Fleurs chatroom.

From Google: oldie playlists
The Andrews Sisters [promotional picture]
Well, I'm hoping this place was kind of what they were looking for; oldies playlists galore. Although maybe this person is looking for really oldie playlists. Freeway Jam has yet to devote an article to the decade where it all began, the 1950's. A lot of young people might not have a clue where to start exploring that era, too. So look for one in the near future. I just hope they didn't mean the 1940's; we might not have much time left.

From Google: "Ooh la la" eurodance
Rod Stewart: Blondes Have More Fun (1978)
This one made me giggle. I suspect this person wasn't looking for Rod Stewart, but that is the page they got. The Faces had a song called "Ooh La La" and I made fun of "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?"s 'eurodance' sheen. This search came from Finland, I think. Somewhere in Scandinavia anyway. That's where real eurodisco comes from.

From Yahoo: The Carpenters Superstar Mp3
The Carpenters: Superstar [Dutch 45] (1971)
This came up once before. We seldom mention the Carpenters around here, and I'd take Bread over them any day. Still, there are a couple of tunes I'll put in a sub "guilty pleasure" category; not good enough to really be a "pleasure" but not mawkish enough to make me want to shut it off. One would be the Carole King penned "It's Going To Take Some Time" Another might be their cover of Klaatu's "Calling Occupants Of Interstellar Craft", which Klaatu does better.

Yahoo: trojans horns ska mp3
The Trojans: Wicked and Wild (1995)
Once again, no mp3's here, but I have been planning for some time to get to a ska playlist once we've finished getting a few more rock genres introduced (I'm beginning to see that my job here will never be finished). I equate ska with hot summer days outdoors, so I'll save it for warmer weather. In the meantime, novices ought to give the Skatellites a try, or give the third-wave ska-revival Trojans a try.

From Google: crosby stills nash wooden ships nuclear war
Crosby Stills and Nash: Crosby Stills and Nash (1969)
Hmmm. You might have come to exactly the right place. The playlist describes Jefferson Airplane's version, but the nuclear war connection is made. Give the Airplane's version a try; the voices aren't as pretty, but why should the voices be pretty? And Jorma Kaukonen's guitar ought to get its own space in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.

From Google: Dorothy Moskowitz 05
ImagThe United STates of America [promotional picture]
One neat thing about starting Freeway Jam is learning that I am not alone in my appreciation of The United States of America and their excellent vocalist, Dorothy Moskowitz. Alas, I have no further news on Moskowitz to report; as far as I know, she has only appeared on two albums, the USA's debut, and Paris Sessions, by Country Joe McDonald (ex-Country Joe and the Fish), in 1973. If anyone can fill me in, please do. The United States of America have come up in the last What were they looking for? article, and the "not rock" playlist.

From Google: freeway jam
uao: Freeway Jam [U.S. Blog] (2005)
Yeah, baby.



From Google: "badfinger baby blue" mp3
Badfinger: Ass (1973)
This song came up in the power pop playlist, and a little more Badfinger info is in the Joey Molland bit in an earlier "What were they looking for?". Badfinger is a personal favorite, and might be worth an artist profile, after I've taken care of a few more reader suggestions. In the meantime, try the albums Straight Up and Wish You Were Here or the tracks "Money" "Name of the Game" "Sometime/In The Meantime" "Timeless" or "Perfection".

From Google: mp3 blog "peter case"
Peter Case: Peter Case (1985)
Peter Case was leader of the Nerves, and later the Plimsouls, who also came up in the power pop playlist. He has also enjoyed a cult following as a solo performer. Even Freeway Jam can't get to everything; I'll confess that I've never knowingly heard Case's solo stuff, although I do have a couple of tunes in my library as yet unplayed. The Plimsouls had a great power pop hit "A Million Miles Away" and the Nerves had the original version of Blondie's "Hanging on the Telephone" Those two credits make him worthy of further investigation; I'll get right on it.

From Google: freeway jam chord chart
Jeff beck [promotional picture]
Whoops. Close, but not quite. He's obviously looking for the Jeff Beck tune's chords; I can't help him there, but here's some cover art for him.


Jam Tags, 1-5 stars; only songs not previously profiled included:

The Carpenters: It's Going To Thake Some Time ***
The Carpenters: Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft **
Klaatu: Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft ***
Badfinger: Money ****
Badfinger: Name Of The Game *****
Badfinger: Sometime/In The Meantime ****
Badfinger: Timeless ****
Badfinger: Perfection ****
The Plimsouls: A Million Miles Away *****
 
Comments:
You do know of course that if you quote the searches, you'll only get more of those hits?
 
Hi kachina--

Yes, I realize I'm feeding a vicious meme circle. But I can't resist.

I imagine the weary Splinter fan (one more showed up after this post), frustrated, lost and thinking they are alone, crossing our transom on wobbly, weakened legs, and finding a world where Costafine Town is now as familiar as Hey Jude.

As time goes by, the other search terms will balance 'em out.

In theory; we'll just have to wait and see...
 
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