Han’s Worst Hits of the 70’s- Elton John’s Ego from 1978. This wasn’t a hit by Elton John standards- peaking at #34 in the US and in the UK -but I’ve decided to include it for a couple reasons- Elton John was one of the great singles artists of the 70’s- I am not a huge fan but his 70’s output is very listenable and I like it. Again just not an Elton fanatic. When you look and listen to those 70’s singles- he seemed to be ‘can’t miss’ for a long period of time- even if some of the hits weren’t killer artistically they were very radio friendly. Ego is terrible both musically and as far as being ‘radio friendly” and marked a downturn in his career. He would still have hits of course but he had peaked. This song was written by Sir Elton and his longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. The first thing about the song that I remember is the train whistle which makes it sound like a train rolling down the track and the piano. This was a song Elton had lying around that he wanted to release and was disappointed of course in what a flop it was. The song was about the silliness of rock stars. Elton felt it was one of the most sincere songs that he wrote with Taupin. I also think it is one of the worst- at least the worst single he released in the 70’s. It also marked the beginning of the end of Elton dominating the singles charts. He jumped the shark with Ego. Death by too much train whistle. Note- it was made into a video and at the time was the most expensive video that had been made. This was a couple years before MTV. Remember MTV? They used to play music videos 24/7 now they just play trashy programs.