The Voice Of Reason

It’s time to sing a song from the treetops!

Welcome to Monday, Monday!  If you’re one of those silly people who can’t trust that day… then sit back and allow The Nest to show you why every other day of the week just isn’t fine.  That’s because only on Mondays will we break out another lost song that will make you say “I heard it again” from that mom and pop shop of lost pop we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy’s ready to dedicate another song to the one she loves, while the recent weather has the Sponkies Australia dreaming.  Here’s a great tune that’ll make you choke on your ham sandwich…

Last year, I begrudgingly honored the band Journey with a DVA post the week of their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  So for induction week this year, I’m much more happy to feature a lost hit I adore from another band who seemed to be on the outside looking in for so long, The Moody Blues.  Yes, their signature song is a godawful piece of garbage that should never be played on radio again.  That’s not their fault people clung to that stupid ass song, and I won’t hold it against them.  The Moodys had a shit-ton of other great tunes, and not all of them came from their late 60’s, early 70’s heyday.

the squirrel twins!

Ride my seesaw!

The Moody Blues’ career had a very successful second wind during the 1980’s, where they ditched the radio unfriendly genre of prog rock to become one of the decade’s kings of the Adult Contemporary charts.  The group scored a pair of #1 AC/Mainstream Rock hits during the Reagan years… one of which is probably their best known 80’s ballad, “Your Wildest Dreams.”  That’s the song that introduced me to the Moody Blues as a young lad in 1986, but it’s not my favorite slice of 80’s Moodys.  That would be their other song that topped the Billboard side-charts, and also hit #15 on the weekly Casey Kasum list.  From 1981, here’s “The Voice.”

OK, so clocking in at a little over five minutes…. maybe the band didn’t totally leave its prog roots behind.  But with music this good, they can play as long as they want.  I love this!  For all the flak synth pop takes… throw in some guitars and some excellent drum work, and a synth driven song can sound like FM heaven.  And yeah, Justin Hayward’s voice in The Voice is also pretty spot on…

Some singers could take lessons here…

Congrats to the Moody Blues, and I’ll be back next Monday with another great tune from the lost hit hall of fame…

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27 Responses to The Voice Of Reason

  1. crimsonowl63 says:

    I would say I sort of like the Moody Blues. I liked them more as a kid. This song is very familiar but it’s got that 80s sound. I am not a fan lol

  2. Ally Bean says:

    I like the Moody Blues. Even if some of their music sounds like it could be the background music on a Disney ride. I can overlook that.

  3. Always liked their music, lyrics – the whole package. “Your Wildest Dreams” was a fave. This one too…..I think I still have a couple of their albums in my old collection – somehow my ex accidentally left some of the best stuff behind when he departed – lucky me (for many reasons!).

    Pam

    • How convenient! Hmmmmm… wait a minute. There weren’t any Grateful Dead albums in that collection, was there? Fuzzywig once claimed his ex took off with them, and I was just wondering…… nah! Couldn’t be!

      • Nope…..no Grateful Dead albums in “the ones that got away”……but I still have maybe 40 or more that “he” forgot or didn’t want and I’m GRATEFUL for that!!

  4. Piglove says:

    Lawd I live under a stone – thank goodness cause of songs like this! Snorts and rolls with piggy laughter. XOXO – Bacon

  5. YEESSS! Just the perfect way to start out the week with a snappy tune that lasts longer than the nano-second most hits seem to play. Why is it the good tunes are stupidly short? I wanna revel in that lovely melody, not move on to the next dumb exchange between the morning hosts or jettison on to an entire block of seemingly never ending commercials. 🎶

    • Oh God, I hate those morning shows on the radio! There are only two stations in town I can tolerate listening to, and both have morning shows that have me constantly switching back and forth to whoever’s actually playing music. If either…

  6. Trisha says:

    My half hillbilly ears that grew up with guitars, banjos and mandolins playing in the background just can’t get used to synthesized sounds. I keep wondering what the weird sounds are! I enjoyed the song overall though and hope it will stick in my head and keep 100 years from playing in there like it has for the last week and a half (yeah, thanks for that!) 😀

  7. ody N biskit…….yez…..this song……….ROCKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 ♥♥ 🙂

  8. WordPress has “disappeared” Serendipity. If you type Marilyn Armstrong into their search engine, it’s literally blank. Other people on the site come up as reblogs elsewhere, but NOT on Serendipity. Talk about thankless!

  9. Thom says:

    Good choice here. You get Boney points on this one.

  10. ghostmmnc says:

    Cool song! I hadn’t heard it before. 🙂

    • I can only remember one radio station I ever listened to that had this song in its regular playlist… so I did figure this one was kinda lost. I think it’s kinda trapped in that “early 80’s hit by a 70’s rock band” purgatory that keeps it out of most popular radio formats. But it’s my absolute favorite Moodys song!

  11. Merbear74 says:

    It’s no doubt The Moody Blues, that’s for true. I like it.

  12. Love this song. Good post. Thanks ES. Justin Hayward is one of my big rock n roll crushes. He is like, Vlad cute. Yes, THAT cute. Why yes, they’re both blonde too. Well, um, I’m going to get out of here now. Looking forward to #2 tomorrow.

  13. draliman says:

    Ah, Alyans. I was listening to them just this morning, having downloaded them onto my phone. Even though you accidentally featured them on a Wednesday rather than a Monday. Careless.

    Oh, sorry, the Moody Blues. Once again Alexa came to my rescue as the video won’t play here. Pretty good! Not as good as Nights in White Satin, but not bad.

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