Second City Music

The town is known for more than “The Super Bowl Shuffle,” you know…

Ah, another splendid day in the merry merry month of May!  Making it even merrier than a merry go round in Maryville, Maryland is the fact that it’s a Monday!  That’s the day The Nest and its merry men go on our merry way raiding the merry musical treasure that can only be found in the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy is always in a merry mood when it comes to playing another earworm for you, while the Sponkies join her in mirthful merriness at least until the Ritalin runs out.  Merry Christmas to all!

Aliotta Haynes and Jeremiah is not a law firm, nor the official accounting office who is tasked with overseeing the fairness of the Randomator.  They were an early 70’s Chicago trio who never really made it big outside of the Windy City.  Luckily for me (and YOU!), the AHJ hit the locals loved the most made its way 270 miles down I-55 to St. Louis radio stations, where I was able to hear it and learn of its existence on classic rock stations in the 1990’s.  The song was released in 1971, and is a snappy little number with excellent piano work called “Lake Shore Drive”…

When I first heard this song played in 1995, The Beatles Anthology CD was making headlines and the same station was also giving the Fab Four a lot of attention.  It was around this time that I became aware of the “secondary meaning” of the song “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.”  So when I first heard Aliotta Haynes and Jeremiah sing about “slickin’ on by on LSD,” I was kinda floored by the complete lack of subtlety of the psychedelic drug references in this song!

You got a problem with that, dude?

Of course, the band denies the song was about drugs at all.  Maybe it was all just a big coincidence, especially since they did admit another of their songs off the same album (“The Snow Queen”) was actually about cocaine.  They seem like pretty trustworthy Midwestern boys anyway, so I’m inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt…

There was no way I could finish this post without using this disturbing photo of the band.

I’ll be back next Monday with another lost hit that will blow your mind…


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23 Responses to Second City Music

  1. Don’t know the band, but the men in the last photo would make me slowly move to another side of the road.

  2. you are the bestest gold digga for good muzak. LOVE it and this gem is on my playlist now…thanks a lot!!!!

    • The few local hits I’ve posted here have all gotten rave reviews… makes me wonder why they didn’t become big time songs. Almost nobody outside of a 300 mile radius of Chicago knows this little gem…

  3. I think we’re all going to comment more on the photo of the band, not the song. It looks like they could be a poster for 70’s porn film or something to the like, lmao! But it could be that they might have hit the cush in order to take that picture, just sayin’.

    • That photo of the band is epic cheese at its finest (or worst)! Whatever they were under the influence of when they agreed to pose like that couldn’t have been a snortable, because I’m pretty sure they’d have gotten powder in those godawful ‘staches…

      • I concur, maybe a bit drunk on some tequila or vodka? Something was going on for them to take that picture half naked staring at the camera like that, lol.

  4. Umm…that last image-vintage 70’s porn mustaches. Yipes! Not familiar with this tune or its boys. At least it was a snappy melody with nice keyboarding.

  5. Nope – never heard of them or the song… really do have to wonder why they posed like that unless it was show off their tattoos. They definitely have the 70s look about them though!


    • I’m afraid their effort to show off their matching tattoos was doomed to fail since all anyone is going to notice is those horrible mustaches! They’d need a facenet working in the kitchen…

  6. Ally Bean says:

    My goodness, such a snappy tune. Weird looking bunch in the photo, but LSD will do that to a person I suppose.

    • If they put that picture on a poster and hung it up in classrooms with the message “This is how you act on drugs,” we would be a drug free society today. Can’t believe Nancy Reagan’s astrologer didn’t think of this…

  7. Trisha says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard the song or heard of the band…or seen anything quite like that photo! I wonder if they’re proud or embarrassed now.

    • They’re neither since all three of them have died this decade. Probably from the embarrassment of all their friends digging up that photo and sharing it with everyone on Facebook…

  8. draliman says:

    A perfectly innocent song about a road… very good song anyway, especially the piano.
    Wait, there’s a secondary meaning to “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”? It wasn’t only about hallucinogens?

  9. I spent the morning at Antiques Roadshow (yes THAT) and almost got filmed. A lot of people were bringing in old record albums. OMG I can’t even imagine what a signed copy of this album or a photo of these three shirtless dudes. Oh goodness. I was ALMOST filmed. I was told to wait forever then talked to a producer, then waited again (kind of like the millionaire saga) but was told they didn’t need me after all. Oh well. I’m helping Vlad with his next post and it just happens to be about music (once bitten twice shy) and for some reason seeing those guys 1) made me laugh and 2) made me say WTF were we thinking back then? Seeing the animals with the big doobie made me laugh out loud. Animals doing naughty people things always makes me laugh. This song made me think of silly stuff and how hot and muggy Chicago is in the summer. I wonder if the grand children of the band members are saying, “WOW Grandpa. Lookit YOU.”

    • Oh shit. I looked them up and it looks like the entire band has died. So I guess their grandkids are saying, “Mom, what was it like having such a hot dad?” Or whatever correction works.

      • Yeah, and what I thought was weird is that all three members have died within the last 8 years… I sure hope it wasn’t death by embarrassment.

        Damn! I would have loved to have seen a 50 part epic of your appearance on Antiques Roadshow. If the producers can’t appreciate genuine antiques from a vampire born in 1859, just what in the hell do they want on that show anyway?

  10. They look totally free of drugs to me. I would trust every word they say — or sing.

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