The Best Medicine

It's not just for glaucoma anymore...

It’s not just for glaucoma anymore…

Another song, another Monday.  Yep, it’s time for us to break another 100% organic lost hit off the home stash, all from The Nest’s secret conservatory located in the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy sent the Sponkies out for some ice cream so as not to corrupt their little minds with all of the really bad marijuana references I’ve already made in this intro.  She’s also come up with another awesome forgotten bong…. er, song from the good old days when hemp was still Satan’s weed to liven up everyone’s mellow mood.  Don’t bogart the earworms…

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The Doobie Brothers are one of the greatest music acts to ever contain a blatant drug reference in their name… and despite an ever-changing lineup, they took it to the streets and dominated the 1970’s despite one of the most bizarre and unique instances of musical genre metamorphosis in rock and roll history.  Tom Johnston and the boys started out as a pure rockin’ band in the early 70’s that was a hit at biker bars and post-hippie bong parties.  Then by 1975, Steely Dan alums Michael McDonald and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (YAY for skunks!) came waltzing in while Johnston was on sick leave, and their royal scam transformed the group into a adult comtemporary pussy band that was just as commercially successful.  The Doobies two #1 hits, “Black Water” and “What A Fool Believes” came just five years apart, but you’d swear two different bands had recorded them…

Here’s our guitar playing Skunk apparently having a seizure from too many doobies.

With so many different members wanting to take the Doobies in so many different directions, it was inevitable that they’d eventually go up in a puff of smoke.  And that’s exactly what happened in the early 80’s when the hits stopped coming.  But apparently Doobies never say die, so the old school contingent of the band reformed in the late 80’s and tried to recapture that original Doobie magic that made them FM gods in the early 70’s (Note: Jesus is just alright with me using that reference).  They succeeded… maybe a little too well.  Their biggest hit from their reunion album Cycles borrowed so heavily from their classic style, that you could justify calling it “China Grove II.”  I’ll just refer to it as the absolutely fucking awesome 1989 #9 hit, “The Doctor”…

For all the hell Dennis DeYoung unfairly catches for supposedly ruining Styx, Michael McDonald doesn’t seem to get enough flak for spinning the Doobie Brothers so far off course, that it took them over a decade to figure out how to really rock again.  But the wait was worth it… this is my absolute favorite song from the band.

And the judges agree!

And the judges agree!

I’ll clear the air and serve up some more musical munchies next Monday…

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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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20 Responses to The Best Medicine

  1. My all time favorite band and my all time favorite music to listen to when I’m out driving……The Doctor really is a GREAT song. Virginia was always on their tour and I saw them so many times – brings back a lot of memories that make me smile. This is one earworm I will enjoy ALL DAY today!

    Pam

  2. I like this song too, think it deserved more a grammy than Minute By Minute :o) I was sad as styx fell apart… I loved Sing For The Day it has the weirdest intro ever :o)

  3. Piglove says:

    Oh dear. Another one that we don’t remember. What does this tell about us? That we live under a rock? Move over Bashful. XOXO – Bacon

  4. Maybe the reason I don’t remember most of this is because I was in an altered mental state. For … maybe … 30 years? Give or take a decade?

    • Possibly. I’d think you’d remember the early Doobies music, but then again, there’s probably a lot of Doobies fans from back then who don’t even remember their music…

  5. Trisha says:

    I didn’t know I liked any Doobie Brothers songs but I like that one! I had to go look it up – I don’t know if it’s just my computer being weird but the space where the video should be says the page can’t be displayed and the only doctor song I could think of is that “doctor, doctor, give me the news” song, another one that I’ve heard too many times to count but don’t remember who did it. I think the file clerk in my brain just tosses all files having to do with music.

    • This song was just too awesome for your computer! While that song is definitely classic Doobies, it’s also got plenty of hard rockin’ 80’s in it as well. The best of both worlds…

  6. ody & biskit….we gives it a 9.5 two….heerz one we rememburrz ….total lee rockin & up beat !!! ☺☺☺♥♥♥

  7. Loved it, love it, the guitar solo, everything.
    I will be humming it all day now. ❤ ❤ ❤

  8. mmm bop. Doo, Doo cats poo! 😀

  9. draliman says:

    You can’t go wrong with that many guitars on the go.

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