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Monday, February 21, 2005
 

Right Place Wrong Time

Dr. John: Right Place Wrong Time/I've Been Hoodood [45](1974)


Time once again for Freeway Jam's regular irregular feature we call "What were people looking for when they wound up here?" This is where we profile the search engine terms used in Google or Yahoo that bring visitors to Freeway Jam.

A little backstory for those just joining us. As a result of off-the cuff remarks I made in my first few posts about the song "Les Fleurs" (either by 4 hero or Minnie Riperton), the very obscure song "Costafine Town" by Splinter, and an obit for the guitarist from Bread, I have been attracting an unusually high number of seekers of lyrics, mp3's and the like for those artists, way more than for anyone else.

I'm sure they are disappointed when they get here; I try to throw them a little bone as a consolation prize.

Last time, I thought they were gone; the site was re-indexed and I didn't get any Les Fleurs or Splinter maniacs for a week. That was good, since it gave me a chance to focus on new searches, like the Budgie fan who showed up, and the Grace Slick fan. Not to mention the freeway killer.

From Yahoo: costafine town lyrics
From Alta Vista: splinter costafine town mp3

The Splinter/"Costafine Town" fanatics are back again. Warner Brothers, are you listening? We've seen 11 of them now, all searching for a Warners song that never got higher than #77 on the charts, and has never appeared on CD. I've done all I can do; I gave them rare sheet music art, rare album cover art, a profile, here's the lyrics too...

COSTAFINE TOWN (words: Robert J. Purvis and William Elliott; music: Robert J. Purvis)Splinter: Costafine Town/Elly May [West Germany 45]
Dirty old hole in the side of the road for the man who cleans the streets
Open pub doors where the working class goes at night
Written on walls where the cats never crawl for the glass along the top
Man, I was born there, I'm gonna walk right back

CHORUS:
Costafine Town, it's a fine town, I'm coming home
I feel so lonely, I've been too long away
Costafine Town, it's a fine town, I'm coming home
I wish I'd never made up my mind to stray

Nobody owns all the dirty old clothes that are lying in the lane
Whistling loud, the four-thirty shift has gone
Little old man with a pole in his hand lighting lamps along the way
Hurry me back there, I wish I'd never gone

repeat CHORUS 3 times

Costafine Town, it's a fine town, I'm coming home...


That's all I can do for our Splinter hunters; here's even a Splinter Library for them. Godspeed, seekers, godspeed.

From Google: the united states of america psychedelica mp3
The United Startes of America: The United States of America (1968)
The United States of America was profiled in the "not rock" playlist. Big time favorites of mine, they recorded only one LP, a self-titled debut for Columbia. The record sold poorly, peaking at #181 on the album charts, and the band vanished.

The band was formed in 1967 by Joseph Byrd, an assistant teacher at UCLA with a jazz background. he recruited a group of UCLA students: vocalist Dorothy Moskowitz (whose pipes recalled Grace Slick's), bassist Rand Forbes, electric violinist Gordon Marron and drummer Craig Woodson. Byrd and the band used no guitars and built their sound around a ring modulator, a primitive synthesizer later popularized by the Krautrock bands in the 70's. The album garnered significant critical acclaim, and its reputation has grown, but it still remains largely unheard to this day. A 1992 reissue adds two outtakes, both on my wishlist.

It's an album that should be listened to in one sitting, but standout tracks include "The American Metaphysical Circus", "Hard Coming Love", "The Cloud Song", and "Garden of Earthly Delights". After the band broke up, Byrd formed another experimental band, Joseph Byrd and the Field Hippies, which released one album to little critical or commercial notice. He also produced Ry Cooder's Jazz album. Dorothy Moskowitz turned up on Country Joe's Paris Sessions album in 1973, but hasn't been heard from since.

From Google: "90's"
Prince: 1999 (1983)
That's pretty short and sweet. Not sure what they meant by "90's" though. 90's music? 90's fashion? 90's history? It's a little soon for 90's nostalgia, isn't it? Well, a salute to when we partied like it was 1999...

From Yahoo: freeway jam blogs
From Yahoo: freeway jam blog
From Yahoo: freewayjam.com
From Yahoo: freeway jam

This looks very exciting on paper, although I know two of those are the same guy, a personal acquaintance, who forgot the url. Still, the other two are mysteries. Who knows? Someday Freeway Jam'll be bigger than Splinter ever was.

Jam Tags: Splinter: Costafine Town *** (and after looking over the lyrics, it's leaning towards a **, but Splinter fans have it tough enough already)
The United States of America: The American Metaphysical Circus *****
The United States of America: Hard Coming Love *****
The United States of America: The Cloud Song ****
The United STates of America: Garden of Earthly Delights ****
Prince: 1999 *****