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Monday, March 14, 2005
 

Looking For A Song

Big Audio Dynamite: Looking For A Song (1994)


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

In the past, I profiled each search term from Google or Yahoo that brought visitors here. The single most popular title is "Les Fleurs" by 4 hero or Minnie Riperton, which has brought 37 souls to this page. Second is "Costafine Town" by Splinter with 13, followed by "Baker Street" by Gerry Raffery, with 5. Lyrics is the most common non-title search term, with 37, followed by mp3 at 26.

It has now become impossible to include every search (which, while sad in some ways, is definitely a Good Thing); my site tracker only lists the last 20 search engine terms, which only goes back 3 or 4 days now.

So: from now on, I'll just choose the interesting or outrageous terms from those 20 most recent referrals. Here's four from the weekend with a 60's theme:

From Yahoo: "british invasion" beatles "rolling stones" recognizable

The Beatles: Revolver (1966)   The Rolling Stones: Aftermath [US] (1966)


I think this person landed on the British Invasion playlist. Wonder what he meant by "recognizable"? None of them are very recognizable now that they're in their 60's. They used to be young, cool dudes with long hair. Since he mentioned both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, I think It's time settle an old argument once and for all: I'm going to search both on Technorati.

The Beatles: 50,674 posts
The Rolling Stones: 15,555 posts

Pshaw! Not even close.

From Yahoo: sandy shaw brit
Sandie Shaw: Love Me, Please Love Me (1967)
Only two things this could be: either it was the 60's playlist or an ancient post alerting Freeway Jam's two or three visitors of that time to the existence of an unlikely Sandie Shaw version of Led Zep's "Your Time's Gonna Come" on mp3. Sandy Shaw was indeed a 'Brit', with a string of girl-group sounding pop hits in the U.K. during the mid 1960's. She never made a splash in America; her biggest hit, "Girl Don't Come" reached a peak of #42 on the Billboard charts in 1965; her best known tune is Burt Bacharach's "(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me", which reached #52 in 1965 also. Younger listeners may be familiar with Naked Eyes' early 80's version of that song. She retired in the early 70's, but attempted a brief comeback in the mid-80's without much success. Get a load of this album title, from 1967, as her star began to dim.

From Yahoo: (cream clapton reunion updates march 14, 2005)
Cream: Disraeli Gears (1967)
Mentioned this a while back; the countdown has begun. Catch a piece of rock history, unlikely to be seen again, on May 2, 3, 5, 6 at the Royal Albert Hall. For utter newcomers to 60's rock, Cream was Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker. A bridge between the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin sonically, they deserve as much credit as anyone for helping define what would become the heavy metal template. Cream pre-dates heavy metal by a few years; what they did has the quaint name now of "acid rock". Their Disraeli Gears , with "Sunshine Of Your Love", "Strange Brew", and "Tales of Brave Ulysses" from 1967 is as indispensible as any other classic from the 1960's.

From Google: 60's radio jingles mp3
The New Seekers: We'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (1971)
This person must've wound up on this page, which offers a few alternatives for downloaders seeking to spice up their playlists, old radio jingles being among the suggestions. I'll take this opportunity to bring up the interesting story of the New Seekers. The New Seekers grew out of the Seekers, a mostly Australian pop group stationed in England that scored with the silly pop hit "Georgy Girl", after the Seekers had undergone numerous personnel changes. The New Seekers' biggest hit was a jingle they recorded for Coca Cola: people called radio stations requesting the commercial be played. Capitalizing on this unexpected bonanza, the group quickly re-recorded the song as "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)", which removed the product references. It was a top-10 hit in 1972.

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Sandie Shaw: (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me ***
Sandie Shaw: Your Time Is Gonna Come ***
Cream: Sunshine Of Your Love *****
Cream: Strange Brew *****
Cream: Tales of Brave Ulysses *****
The New Seekers: I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony) **
The Seekers: Georgy Girl **