Jamaica In Bloom

Harvest time is always celebration, mon.

It’s time to start off another week with some good stuff that’ll be sure to begin your Monday on a high note.  That’s the day The Nest rolls up another splendid spliff out of that home stash of lost hits we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy’s your dealer of high quality audio enhancing drugs, while the Sponkies sit idly on the sidelines in their D.A.R.E. shirts.  If all goes well, this post will go live at 4:20 AM….

The concept of the one hit wonder seemed to emerge from the boom in 80’s nostalgia that started early, just before the turn of the millennium.  And when it comes to acts well known for just one song, that decade certainly holds a plurality of the OHW club.  That certainly doesn’t mean one hit wonders are exclusive to the 80’s…. no, far from it.  There were plenty of flashes in the pan from the 70’s as well…

What the typical one hit wonder of the 70’s might look like.

By virtue of having his only hit song released in 1970, a singer/songwriter by the name of Bobby Bloom became one of the decade’s first OHW’s.  Bloom was a co-writer of Tommy James & the Shondells’ 1968 hit “Mony Mony,” and two years later he recorded one of his own songs he wrote with producer Jeff Barry, which made it up to #8 in the U.S.  That would be the Caribbean flavored “Montego Bay.”

You should know from these posts that I love songs with a nifty and prominent bass line, and Montego Bay certainly delivers on that.  It’s a great song that has become almost as forgotten as its singer has.  Bloom didn’t accomplish much after hitting it big with “Montego Bay,” not that he really had much chance to.  He died just four years later in 1974 at the age of 28… not from an overdose of drugs or choking on a ham sandwich like other famous musician deaths of the 70’s, but from what was ruled an accidental self-inflicted gunshot.  He had apparently shot himself while cleaning his gun…

It could happen to anyone…

Join me next Monday for another song that went up in smoke…

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Wordless Saturday

A squirrel is worth a thousand words.

Because sometimes, my verbal diarrhea just won’t do a Saturday Squirrel photo justice…

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Share Your World – Week 90

No wonder Snuggle Bear suddenly jumped behind the shelf…

It’s been an interesting morning, to say the least.  I went out for a walk about two hours ago, and several police cars and a fire truck, all lights and sirens, whizzed by in the direction I was coming from.  By the time I made it back to my area, the main road going south was being blocked just past the street into my neighborhood.  I was curious, to say the least, what was going on… and trying to rubberneck around the blockade revealed nothing but empty road.

About a half hour after I made it back home, I heard more sirens… and this squad car SUV was stopped at the front of my cul-de-sac.  He knocked on one door, then made it up to the next house before he retreated to his vehicle.  The neighbors he’d talked to slowly, but surely, left their house.  Had he been ordered to evacuate us?  What the hell was going on?  And why was it aborted?  There are train tracks that run by the road that was blocked off (and they’re literally just 100 feet or so behind that house in the photo)… was there a derailment of something icky?

It beats me.  Whatever’s going on out there may still be going on for all I know.  While I ponder the potential demise of my corner of the world, I may as well get my answers for this week’s Share Your World questions out of the way!  I wouldn’t want to disappoint Melanie or co-host Roger…

Just in case everything blows up shortly…

Have you ever driven the wrong way on a one-way street? How did this come about?

I’d imagine we all have at some point, because road signs aren’t important and one way streets are stupid to begin with…

Oops! Well, at least nobody got hurt…

As a kid, did you ever decide to run away? Did you have a plan? Take a pet? Sandwiches?

No.  Home was my sanctuary, and even if there were time my parents or sisters annoyed me to no end, I feared the outside world even more…

Yeah, it looks rough out there. I think I’ll stay….. for now.

You suddenly found you have a hidden talent for playing a musical instrument. What musical instrument do you hope that accompanies your talent? Any particular song?

I would definitely want to become a master at playing the world’s tiniest violin.  I’d be sure to play many concerts for the people who bug the shit out of me…

Actually, it may be an even tinier viola.

Do you accessorize with jewelry?

Yeah, stop right there.  No.

Whatever, fruitcake.

What ingredients go into YOUR favorite salad?

Salad?  Dammit, I hate having to look up new words.  Let me consult the dictionary…..

Dafuq!?!?  People eat PLANTS!?!?!?

Uhhhhhh, sorry, no salads for me.

If you care to, share something that really irritates you.

I’ll pass, lest I piss off just about everybody who still reads my blog…

This squirrel finds fleas to be very irritating.

What are your favorite ‘lounging around the house’ items of clothing?

For the longest time, it was regular clothes for everything…. work, play, rest.  Then six years ago, I needed to get a stress test, and it was recommended I wear loose, comfortable clothes…. in other words, not my usual jeans.  So I bought a pair of sweat pants, and I eventually got into the habit of changing into them as soon as I got home from work in the mornings.  Now, I’ve almost always got them on around the house…… well, not right now, because, you know….

I may have to head for the hills at any moment.

GRATITUDE

Please feel free to share something about Autumn

The leaves look pretty, and….

Winter is coming.

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Squirrels In The Park – Trip 19

Are you ready for another nonlethal dose of toxic cuteness?  It’s time for The Nest to chronicle its next retro trip to the park… this one our final safari of the 10’s taking place on Thursday October 17, 2019.  There should be a touch of autumn in the photos from this batch, and no, it won’t be the squirrels changing colors…

If I wait here long enough, I can watch this new limb grow!

Yeah, sure.  And I’m going to get some popcorn and watch the hour hand on the clock spin around…

Well, hello there, little guy.  How are you doing on this fine fall day?

What was that? I didn’t hear you.

ACK!!!  Your ear!!!  What happened to your ear!?!?!?

Oh sure…. judge me because I only have one ear.

I wasn’t judging you!  I was just surprised because it’s weird to see a squirrel with only one ear.  Hey, it worked for Van Gogh…

Now there’s some sunlit beauty.  And still has both ears attached…

Want a leaf?

No thanks.  You can keep it…

You sure? it tastes pretty good!

I’ll go pick my own roughage, thank you…

Quit trying to blend in with the scenery.  I can pick you out there…

It’s a veritable acorn buffet!  And plenty of skinned knees for any kid foolish enough to use this skateboard park…

Leaping squirrel! This will be a theme…

Oooh! Can I watch?

Sure, knock yourself out dude…

Wheeeeeee!!!!

Man, I wish I could still jump[ like that!

You and me both.  Our younger days are in the ol’ rearview…

More leaping madness!

Neato!

Neato?  What is this, the 50’s?

Pay no attention to that squirrel behind the curtain!

Nya nya! You can’t catch me!

Now I know how Snuggle Bear feels!

Looks like you weren’t fast enough, dear…

Are you looking for something cute?

Of course I am!  Why don’t you do a little pose for me…

Here ya go, Squirrel Pervert!

Oh geez, nobody wants to see THOSE nuts!

And on that scary sight, this trip is over.  I’ll have more….. uh….. warm and fuzzy images next week.

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Hey, Hey! We’re The…

This week’s featured artist. Literally…

It’s been one of those weeks where you’ve had to go from the AC to the furnace in a matter of a few days.  That must mean Fall is nearly upon us!  But there’s one last Monday in summer, and as usual, The Nest is going to rock it by scraping the frost off another fallen classic from that burning leaf pile of lost songs we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  As the leader of the cool table, DJ Scratchy knows how to put some chill in the air, while the Sponkies are busy digging their light jackets out of the closet.  Here’s one you won’t be able to keep a straight face for…

The band that performed today’s DVA selection is known as The Blow Monkeys.  I just figured I’d get that introduction out of the way as quickly as possible so you can get all of the adolescent gigglesnorts out of your system before we go on…

Huh huh huh! Huh huh huh!!! Huh huh huh!!!

Done?  Good, let’s move on!

The Blow Monkeys were a British band who bungled in the jungle that was 80’s new wave., but with a touch of classiness and jazz that almost made them sound like a late 80’s lounge act that would make music to ride elevators by.  Still, it was good music….. but apparently not good enough for America, where by our charts, they are a legitimate one hit wonder.  That one hit… this 1986 #14 song “Digging Your Scene.”

Yeah, don’t forget to tip your waiter…

Saxophones had a huge part in 80’s music, but usually just for instrumental break solos.  “Digging Your Scene” incorporates the smooth sounding sax quite well between verses.

Probably the inspiration for the King of Elevator Music…

In checking their UK chart activity, I noticed that the Monkeys had only one other song on that side of The Pond that was as big of a hit as this one, and that was “It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way.”  Never heard of it…… but I noticed it appeared in the fourth installment of the Police Academy series Citizens on Patrol.  While I loved the Police Academy movies growing up, CoP is the one I know best because it was the only one we had taped to watch on our old school VCR over and over again.  In playing “It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way,” I still don’t recognize the song…. but I definitely know that music from somewhere, and I’m sure it isn’t a Police Academy movie.  After all, there’s only one legitimate earworm from that series

Now appearing at the Blue Oyster Bar…

Come back next Monday for another song that doesn’t blow…….. monkeys!

Huh huh huh! Huh huh huh!!! Huh huh huh!!!

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