Han’s Worst Hits of the 70’s today features “Playground In My Mind” by Clint Holmes. Yesterday at Christmas dinner I asked my sister-in-law Emilia- who is into music “Name me a terrible hit song.” Within 3 seconds she said “That song that has the little boy singing “My name is Michael” Bingo.
The first time I heard this song it lost me at “My name is Michael I got a nickle, I’ve got a nickle shiny and new.” The rest of the song can’t recover. Some bad hit songs- are just lame, the Michael Jackson- Paul McCartney “The Girl Is Mine” isn’t annoying it’s just flat- you get two superstars together and this is what they come up with? Disappointing, a poor song but it wasn’t one of those songs that make you automatically change the station you just kind of endure it. Playground In My Mind is flat out annoying. Clint Holmes 1973 single did reach #2 in the Hot 100- behind one of Paul McCartney’s turkey’s- My Love. It was a world-wide hit. Clint Holmes never had another hit after this though. One -hit wonder. The song was written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss- the boy singer- is Vance’s seven year old son Philip. The b-side to this atrocity is called “There Is No Future In My Future.” which sounds close to a future Sex Pistols line in God Save The Queen.