Buckle up your seat belts and make sure to remove all audio devices from your ear. It’s Monday morning and it’s time for The Nest to crank the engine on another classic earworm straight from the two-song garage we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive! DJ Scratchy’s got her unicorn-themed unicorn helmet on, and is ready to burn rubber at 45 RPM’s. I hope for the sake of the Sponkies strapped into the backseat that she knows how to drive a stick…
There are plenty of artists out there who mistakenly and almost criminally get slapped with the dreaded “one hit wonder” label. It’s not their fault we conveniently forgot to remember the other songs that got some Top 40 love as well (Well…. usually not their fault). Then there are artists who really, honestly to Godly only struck gold once… and if there was ever an artist who fit the OHW bill to a T, it was the strangely named British band Sniff ‘n’ the Tears.
Worldwide, they had only one song that made any kind of a dent on the music charts… but it was a damn good one, and a song that deserves to be much better remembered and replayed four decades later. Peaking at #15 on the US Top 40 charts in 1979, here’s Sniff ‘n’ the Tears’ signature song, “Driver’s Seat!”
This was a strange, strange band that not too surprisingly didn’t stay together all that long. While they did come together to make this fucking awesome song, the personalities the members of SntT display in this very cheaply produced, pre-MTV video are impossible to ignore…
Lead singer Paul Roberts looks like he took half a bottle of valium before this video shoot. But hey, at least he can paint a killer album cover!
Bassist Chris Birkin continually bobs up and down like a child in bad need of a Ritalin fix during the whole set… but at least he’s the definition of ADHD cool.
Speaking of retro coolness, there’s this guy….
That’s guitarist Mick Dyche, who apparently forgot to bring something as important as his fucking guitar to the video shoot. So all he does the entire time is stand back and try to act like the most obnoxious background singer in music video history. At least the rest of the band didn’t punish his uselessness by making him play the dog harmonica…
The nonchalant keyboardist and barely trying lead guitarist are hardly worth mentioning. That leaves the most fucked up member of this band, which has to be the drummer… Luigi Salvoni.
Salvoni is drumming that shitty starter drum kit he’s got like the fate of mankind depends on it. His attention to keeping the beat and his focus on not fucking up are not going to be distracted by anything… and I mean ANYTHING!
Come back next Monday for another Studebaker from music history….