Try Try Again

Oh well… everyone makes misteaks.

Good morning, students!  I hope you enjoyed the weekend, because it’s Monday now.  That means it’s time to pay attention and take out those silly earbuds so you can enrich the auditory part of your brain with another lost lesson from the old school that you can only find in darkened cloakroom of The Nest’s Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Emeritus Scratchy is about ready to educate you kids out there with some of the music that your parents thought was cool, while the teacher’s aide Sponkies make sure all the audio/video equipment is working correctly.  Don’t worry, we brought enough earworms to share with the entire class…

Not many famous musicians who don’t fit the one hit wonder label are as strongly associated with only one of their songs as Gerry Rafferty is to his 1978 epic “Baker Street”… a song that was inspired by the legal purgatory Rafferty found himself in due to the breakup of Stealer’s Wheel and the complicated recording contract they had.  The reclusive Rafferty wasn’t much for the celebrity spotlight as it is, and though the success of “Baker Street” set him up for life, the fame it brought him was quite unwelcome and kept him from perpetuating his good fortune.  One of the primary reasons Rafferty’s career quickly faded out as the 80’s approached was his unwillingness to support his albums by touring and just wanting to be left alone…

If only all “recording stars” felt this way…

Once you get the Baker Street saxophone earworm out of your head, you can probably recall Rafferty’s other big solo hit “Right Down the Line,” and of course his lone hit with Stealers Wheel “Stuck in the Middle With You.”  He had a couple other minor hits, however… and the one I’m going to feature on the DVA this week was the last of his five solo Top 40 US hits.  Reaching #21 in the summer of 1979, here’s the eerily awesome “Get It Right Next Time”…

There are so many instrumental intricacies to this song that make me love it so much more than Rafferty’s better known hits.  First off, the music is like a perfectly pieced together collage of all the sounds that made late 70’s/early 80’s soft rock one of the most underrated genres of all time.  The way the instruments fade in and out between verses is another cool trick.  And that barely audible saxophone that accents the background of the intro!  The prominent sax solo from Baker Street used to annoy me as a kid having to listen to it on the radio, so this is a welcome change!

And of course the best thing about this video, shot in a recording studio, is the drummer…

Maybe you could comb over that bald spot with your beard…

ZZ Top should’ve kicked Frank Beard out and got this guy!

I’ll get it right next time….. 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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29 Responses to Try Try Again

  1. another gem from the nest!!! btw: a friend got a tattoo on mallorca once (the common booze-idea) … it was a broken rose with the words : want love-got hate… the tattoo-guy furgot the “e” from hate ;O)))))))

  2. Merbear74 says:

    I like this and I love that video for “Stuck in the Middle.” Fab choice, ES!

  3. Quirky Girl says:

    It should be noted that “juging” others is always a mistake. I mean, misteak. Besides, I can’t imagine God would be comfortable with trying to figure out how exactly it is that he ought to be juging someone on anything other than their obvious inability to spell properly. 😝😜

  4. Trisha says:

    I like the balance of the instruments in this. So often, the drums are too prominent and start jangling my nerves. And I’m not a fan of loud, screechy saxophone solos either. I can’t remember Baker Street but I’m sure the saxophone solo annoyed me as well!

    • I’m just old enough to remember when Baker Street was like the biggest song out there…. and it still didn’t hit #1, probably kept out by song disco song I like. I remember there was an extended version of “I Want A New Drug” that the radio station would play every once in a while, and of course the part that was extended was the sax solo in the middle. Grrrrrrrrr, I hated it!

  5. ghostmmnc says:

    One of my favorites of his is, “Right Down the Line”. I’ve never heard the one you featured, and I’m afraid I wouldn’t go out of my way to hear it again.

    • I like Right Down the Line a lot better than Baker Street, though this one has really grown on me. Of course, as I’ve found with music, tastes vary. There isn’t anything out there everyone is going to like…

  6. Can remember singing along with these in the car back in the day……”happy music” my friends called it. I suppose it was for the most part. First time I’ve ever SEEN Rafferty though – not exactly what I pictured (nor was his drummer……eeeeek).


    • I think my only exposure to Rafferty’s face was on the album covers that some of the YouTube videos for his songs contained. He just wasn’t a fame whore and liked to stay away from the cameras. I don’t blame him….

  7. Remarkably, I rather like that one. Music with rhythm and melody. Works for me.

  8. ody N biskit; we dont rememburr this rafferty song….we will hafta toon in two nite when
    food gurl dragz in !!! 🙂 ♥♥

  9. 🎶This would have been so much more enjoyable without the Biebs pic.🎶 BTW, hasn’t that bozo been deported yet? From the entire North & South American continents? Play that horn, dude!!

  10. Ladybuggz says:

    I like Dan… I hate Bieber ! Too bad Dan disappeared he had talent! 🙂

  11. Bad tattoos amuse me. Most tattoo artists make you approve the stencil before they ink. At least all of mine did. If it’s got a typo, you’ve only yourself to blame. I like Gerry Rafferty, but he was overplayed.

  12. draliman says:

    I know this song, it must be on the one Gerry Rafferty album I own. Wherever it is now…
    Ah, “Baker Street”. Number 127 on the jukebox in the student’s union. Yes, we played it a lot!

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