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Driving me backward

Listen to their works, ye mighty, and despair

I'm not much for playing music on road trips. I've had enough after an hour. The quiet doesn't bother me. It gives me time to not think.

My wife is the opposite. When I drive, I'll bring CDs to play, but lately, she's been listening to the Classic Vinyl channel on Sirius-XM. When I ride with her and she's got that channel on, I always hear music I've never heard on the radio before (Traffic, for example) or older songs I didn't much care for back in the day but don't sound too bad now (tracks from the first Chicago album, for instance).

Last week when she was driving, Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Takin' Care of Business" came on. It went to No. 12 on the Billboard singles charts 40 years ago. And you know what?

The song still sucks.


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Dec. 11th, 2014 05:59 am (UTC)
Gary used to have talk radio on in the car, which makes me want to stab myself slowly in the thigh to take my mind off of it. Now we have CDs if we can't find any good radio (which is usually the case).

Did anyone actually buy the Bachman-Turner Overdrive album?
Dec. 11th, 2014 01:35 pm (UTC)
I hated BTO. They were all over the radio, jukeboxes, bars—couldn't get away from them.

I used to point out that they weren't nearly as proficient musically as, say, Cream had been, but a friend would have none of that. He maintained musical proficiency didn't matter—that because BTO was so popular, they therefore were a great band.

Many years later, when I tried to learn to play guitar, I became much less judgmental, but even so, it's fair to say nobody's ever going to confuse Randy Bachman with Jeff Beck.
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