Bridge To Somewhere

And we promise no nasty trolls.

Are you ready for another blast from the past that didn’t last?  Good!  Because it’s Monday, and that means it’s time for The Nest to turn back the clock and dig up another groovy relic out of that WABAC Machine of rock history we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy’s got the go-go boots and hippie glasses out for this week’s featured cut, which promises to be the most ancient musical fossil we’ve unearthed yet from the DVA… while the Sponkies are checking to see if the prehistoric year of 1968 actually existed.  Let’s take a DeLorean ride back in time…

This week’s DVA selection is dedicated to faithful Nest reader Marilyn, who has loyally and almost unbelievably commented on just about every post in this series despite often not recognizing the music due to her 80’s pop culture gap.  I can’t help the decade I grew up in and know so well… but I do have a decent knowledge of music from the entirety of the rock and toll era.  I just don’t have a good feel for what’s “lost” and what isn’t in that less familiar time… especially since pre-1970’s music has been going the way of the dinosaur on terrestrial radio these days…

Yeah, we don’t know who they are either.

My parents started listening to “oldies” radio in the late 80’s… which at that time was considered anything between Bill Haley and John Fogarty.  I came to know and love the songs of my parents’ generation… though, as you’d expect, a number of those classic hits I used to hear all the time came to disappear from my life as the oldies genre moved away from the 50’s and 60’s, and only a handful of that time’s most prominent songs survived to be played (and replayed) another day.  And not always the best ones….

I’d look unhappy too if all of my best songs got one-upped by cover artists.

And so it is that I was listening to Music Choice’s channel dedicated to 50’s and 60’s hits one night a while ago and heard a memory that probably hadn’t graced my ears since one of those long “drives” we were taken on as kids in the late 80’s back in the day when gas was cheap and there was no better entertainment alternatives for the poor.  It was a #3 hit from 1968 that seems like a bonafide lost song of its era… The Brooklyn Bridge’s “The Worst That Could Happen”…

The Brooklyn Bridge was an eleven piece outfit, back in a time when large bands were much more common, that was essentially cobbled together from the serendipitous union of a washed up singer, a vocal quartet, and a brass section.  This was their only Top 40 hit, and it’s carried by the rich voice of the former singer for The Crests, Johnny Maestro.  It’s far from the most exciting song, especially if you actually listen to the songs I usually include in the DVA and know what I tend to favor, but I really like the sound of this one.

A round of applause! Or maybe three rounds of applause…

And by the way… that is not only NOT how you spell Buddha, but that’s not a Buddha in their logo!  Such was life in the age of mind altering drugs.  Speaking of which, I’ll have another acid flashback… probably from my time period, next Monday!

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26 Responses to Bridge To Somewhere

  1. it’s a fine piece of real muzak… and I like how they all performed together on the stage… if I remember some boybands I must say: in that time many moons ago a lot things were better…like this song … ( I had to watch another version, because the frogeaters gave no permission for your video, I had the version where they wore this fab screaming yellow shirts LOL)

    • Oh wow, there were a lot of yellow shirts back then! There’s actually a few different versions of this song out there, and I chose this one because I think it’s the original radio version that I like best…

  2. Oh golly…….man oh man do I hate to say this but I always reached for the old radio dial when I heard that song back in “the day”. Not because I particularly HATED the song, but because of my own personal situation at the time – at least that’s what I’ll conveniently blame it on! The one thing I CAN say is that in the mish mash of much of the music of that era, you could UNDERSTAND the words in this one….which was refreshing to say the least!!!!


    • True, this song is no Louie Louie! It always cracked me up that just because people couldn’t understand what they were singing in that song, they assumed it had to be dirty and were trying to sneak it by the censors!

  3. Aaaaawwwwkkk! That is one of the all-time worst ear worms. Ever. Excuse me now while I go bang my head on Casey Kasum’s American Top 40 casket.

  4. Ask Buster about the worst that could ever happen.

  5. Merbear74 says:

    I remember this song.
    And now our 80’s music is considered “oldies.”

  6. ody N biskit……we rememburr thiz song….. !!!! itz oh kay….knot soooper grate…but knot soooper bad either ~~~~~~

    de food servizz gurl likez sum toonz frum her parentz day N age two….
    but thatz REEL LEE pushin it bak ta dino dayz !! 🙂 ♥♥

  7. Trisha says:

    I don’t recall ever hearing this, not even on those long infomercials that try to sell oldies collections.

    • That’s why I figured it was probably a legit lost hit since even in oldies formats it seems to get overlooked. Given what some people have already said about this song, maybe it’s a good thing this was did get lost and wasn’t played all the time like Brown Eyed Squirrel…

  8. Thom says:

    I was lucky enough to see Brooklyn Bridge (as part of a huge Doo Wop “extravaganza”) about a dozen years ago. If you see “Brooklyn Bridge” advertised for a show these days..buyer beware..Johnny won’t be there. He’s…er…unable to perform now due to the unfortunate circumstance of being dead. Anyway, he still had that clear, powerful voice. And what a trooper..during the high note on “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and I saw this happen..a bug flew into his mouth just as he opened wide to belt that note..never let it throw him and he nailed the note anyway. He even cracked a joke about it afterward. I’ll never forget that. I liked both sides of their double-sided “hit” (well, they did pretty well in my area, nationally they peaked at #46 and #48 respectively), “Blessed Is The Rain”/”Welcome Me Love”.

    • Ha! I’ll bet Asshole Rose would storm off the stage if a bug had the audacity to fly in his mouth. And now all I can think of is the Stooges episode where they shoot grapes into the opera singer’s mouth mid-note…

  9. draliman says:

    The video is not available in this country, which I realised is a good thing after getting Alexa to play it instead. You realise that Amazon know everything I play? They’ll probably spend the next six months trying to sell me this dross now.
    I bet I’ll love Wednesday’s selection. I kind of do your Monday and Wednesday in reverse.

  10. crimsonowl63 says:

    I know this song, but I must have heard it on the oldies station….back when FM started having them. I don’t know. When I was younger I still listened to music on AM. Anyway. I like this song. I do hear it on our oldies station if they call themselves that anymore. So it’s stood the test of time here in Cleveland. At least on the oldies station. NOT the classic rock station, though. lol

  11. Apparently the video contains content from SME or someone who won’t let it play in the UK because copyright. Clearly I’m not meant to know the song!!

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