Hans Plays His Jukebox 45’s.
- Odyssey”Native New Yorker” b-side”Ever Lovin’ Sam” In the I didn’t know this department- this song was originally recorded by Frankie Valli. I had to listen to his version which came out also in 1977- It certainly isn’t in the same league as Odyssey’s version. This would be Odyssey’s only hit single- it reached #21 in the Billboard Hot 100. It’s a disco song- and at that time as a teenager I ‘officially’ hated disco- but I did love this song. Not a song I have heard much on the radio since it was a hit- so it’s always a nice, fresh and enjoyable listen.
- Johnny Paycheck: “Take This Job And Shove It” b-side” Colorado Cool-Aid.” Johnny Paycheck had a long and successful career in country music- he recorded 30 studio albums and had a number of county hits but his biggest hit was this one from 1977 which was his only #1 country hit. Although the song was written by fellow badass outlaw David Allan Coe, Paycheck was the first to record it and it pissed Coe off that most people thought Paycheck had written the song. Even though I was sixteen at the time and had yet to have a job I could still identify with the sentiment of the song. The song inspired a movie a few years later. My father liked the b-side “Colorado Cool Aid” even more than he liked the hit. “Colorado Cool Aid” went to #50 on the country singles chart. A song about a bar fight. “Colorado Cool Aid” was Coors Beer.
- The Pretenders: “Brass In Pocket [I’m Special}- b-side” Space Invader” The Pretenders first hit- it reached #14 in the Billboard Hot 100- was on their self titled debut album which may be their best. Chrissie Hynde originally didn’t care that much for the song and was reluctant on having the song released- but she later grew to like it. The b-side an instrumental is from the album- written by James Honeyman Scott and Pete Farndon- the two band members who would soon die of drug overdoses. It was the one track on the album which I never cared for.