Stuck in My Head

These guys came up on this here blog recently, which I guess is what put this song in my head.  Back in the late 70’s, I occasionally took some flak for liking these guys from people trying a little too hard to be cool.  Whatever.  For me the only valid criteria are: can they write, and can they play & sing?  I think their hits proved they could write, and this polished and disciplined live video shows that they could fucking play.  These are guys at the top of their craft, making it look easy.  Note how they nail the Abbey Road-like vocal harmonies near the end, all while playing instruments and enduring the various discomforts of a live show.  Anyway, Alex Chilton once told me he liked them too, so there.

That said, although I love the verses and chorus of this song, I’ve always had a problem with the instrumental break.  To my ears it’s too busy, and the good-timey dixieland clarinet clashes with the pensive mood of the song.  I guess if you have a dedicated woodwind player, you’ve gotta let him do his bit.  But overall, it’s still a great song.  And of course everyone who plays an MM Stingray is a badass.

3 Replies to “Stuck in My Head”

  1. Truth be told, these guys end up on my playlists a lot. I guess this is a safe space for me to admit I like Supertramp. The harmonica and keyboards on this song scratches that itch in just the right spot.

  2. Couldn’t agree more. Keyboard parts especially are brilliant, and the way the harmonica interacts with them creates some magic.

  3. They do make it looks easy. I’m partial to “The Logical Song,” too. I remember being so proud of myself when I figured out the sound effect at the end was from the Mattel Electronics Football game.

    And the action on the StingRay is like butter. Damn thing practically plays itself.

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