Welcome to another fun filled Monday, everyone… and a holiday Monday at that! Happy Unicorn Appreciation Day to you all! Go out there and hug a unicorn today and show them how much we really care! While you’re all frantically searching for a single-horned beast to shower with affection, The Nest will allow its own much appreciated unicorn DJ Scratchy to pull another groovy record out of the vault for this week’s Dusty Vinyl Archive! The Sponkies are searching for it right now under all of the old Pat Boone LP’s…. ah, here they come with it!
One of the recurring themes you’re likely to see here on the DVA is conventionally labeled “one hit wonders” who are anything but. Of course, I unearthed some classic, lost Escape Club last Monday… and this week we’ll give the same treatment to one of the best named animal bands in rock and roll… John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band!
The band that emerged from the smallest state in the union is well remembered by people who were alive during the 80’s as the guys who did that “On the Darkside” song for the 1984 cult classic Eddie and the Cruisers. On the strength of the movie and its soundtrack, “Darkside” made it up to #7 on the Billboard charts…. but it wasn’t Cafferty & Company’s only Top 20 hit. Nope, they put together a follow up album in 1985 which spawned a handful of modest hits… the biggest one being “C-I-T-Y” which only peaked at #18 despite being about 100 different levels of fucking awesome! It’s impossible for me to not clap along to the beat of this song…
Hey, if a band from San Francisco can sing about the Motor City, then so can the pride of Rhode Island!
There is an official music video for this song somewhere out there (but not in Scratchy’s archive) that features the backup vocalists using their arms to spell out the letters to C-I-T-Y just like really lame people have done for over three decades to the song “YMCA.” Since The Village People (or at least their choreographer) already came up with the gestures for two of the letters, all the Beaver Brown singers had to figure out was how to perform the I and the T… the latter of which probably led to a lot of unintentional eye pokes.
Join us again next week for more music and unicorn appreciation!