Beginnings

Sorry Bono, we’re going to find a better group to usher in this new year…

So how was your New Years Eve celebration?  Can you even remember it this morning?  Would you like us to quiet down a bit because of your headache?  Sorry, but that’s not going to be happening this January 1st, because it just happens to be a Monday!  That’s the day we usher out the new, and ring in the old by digging another forgotten resolution from the past straight out of that champagne cellar of lost bubbly we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy’s still rocking in the new year even after all of the party patrons have long since passed out, while the Sponkies are helping to sweep up all of the confetti and vomit.  We won’t be dropping the ball on this lost hit…

A California band by the name of The Call was ahead of its time in many ways…. one of them being that they got a lot of radio airplay in the 1980’s on album rock oriented stations while being practically ignored by the Top 40 pop outfit.  A lot of bands made a killing like that in the 90’s and new millennium, when the pop music charts as we knew them largely went in the toilet… but the 80’s was still a decade when any artist in any genre could have a pop crossover smash.  The Call didn’t get so lucky…

Unlike Tom Petty…

While The Call had seven songs chart on the album oriented Mainstream Rock charts, the best they could do on the pop charts was a #51 ranking for what has become their best known song, and a very fitting one to play as we begin a new year today.  Here is their 1989 masterpiece “Let the Day Begin”…

This is an uplifting tribute to the sense of optimism that permeated the late 80’s in music as the old Cold War communist regime began to crumble down and a new world order seemed to be dawning.  That new age wasn’t quite what anyone was hoping it would be… I mean, realistically, world peace will always be a pipe dream as long as there are humans on this earth.  But we can still get happies from listening to the upbeat spirit of a song that also is a pretty good guitar and piano driven rocker!  Here’s to the bands that know how to make really good music…

Here’s to the closing of the age!

Next Monday I’ll let the day begin with another great lost song…

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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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23 Responses to Beginnings

  1. another gem… you have a hand for good muzak, please come over eand be the DJ of our radio stations… they bomb us with Plastic Bertrand today… it’s the third time they kill my ears with ca plane pour moi…help…

    • LOL, I would love to have my own radio station to play good songs nobody else wants to play, but there’s a lot of other crap I like that probably isn’t as good that I try not to play here too much. I wish I could learn some of the great indie songs of the past couple years like I used to hear at work all the time when I started these Monday posts in 2014, but Mecca quit playing them and plays a lot of crap now too. They wouldn’t hire me as their DJ either because I wouldn’t let them boss around the muzak…

      • if you stay away from last christmas and bieber-songs I’m fine with that… and please not captain of her heart by double…. that’s THE WORST

      • So I should take the Captain off the list then? I still remember the first time I heard that song… I thought it was the muzak from a commercial because it didn’t sound like the other music on the radio at the time…

  2. fanrosa says:

    Yet another one that I would have taken to be some European act. Maybe because of that ‘tear down that wall’ glasnost stuff going on at the time..

  3. Thom says:

    Excellent tune!

  4. draliman says:

    Not bad at all. It’s no “At Dawn” by Gruppa Alyans, but not everybody can be musical geniuses.

  5. I like it but don’t remember ever hearing it before. Fitting music though for a January 1st – there are a lot of “here’s to” things when we look back………..much of it is good music!

    Pam

    • I only remember it from an 80’s radio station that had a brief run in town back in 2000-01. They played a lot of underground 80’s, and is where I learned of a few of the songs I’ve featured here. I miss that station…

  6. Our New Year’s Evening was exactly like all our other evenings except for one midnight kiss — and giving the furry ones an extra biscuit or two. And I baked a gingerbread. We do live dangerously!

    • It is great you are up at midnight, though I know you’re both usually night owls anyway. Some people seem to almost brag about heading to bed before midnight on NYE, and I always wondered why? If you have to be up early for work (And a LOT of people do work New Years, since it’s a fake holiday), fine, but if not….. why?

  7. We stayed up until midnight, had a good night kiss then went to bed! No party animals in my house! LOL! Here’s to an awesome new year!! 🍻

  8. A perfect selection to start out the New Year. It’s good to seat out on a clean slate with a real toe tapping beat. Cheers.

    • I don’t often assign these earworms to specific days, but I knew this was going to be my New Years tune since I put it on the list a couple months ago. It’s just too perfect…

  9. Ladybuggz says:

    I don’t know what the problem is…was…?? I think it sucked a big fungus covered toenail! lol…
    Stayed up till 1:30am, but no partying…good old war movie/Holocaust history show on! Patrying is way overrated!

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