Gold Record

This dog is defective.

Ready to get your week shining with another great radio nugget that rocked the Mondays of yesteryear?  You’re in luck then, because it’s time for The Nest to make its weekly booty call (pirate’s booty, that is!) and strike it rich from that musical treasure chest we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy’s once again got the Midas touch when it comes to spinning the platters that matter, while the Sponkies read up on the gold standard.  Here’s another song that’s as lost as the cities of gold…

Before there was John Stewart the late night host, there was John Stewart the musician who made quite an imprint on popular music from the 60’s and 70’s.  Stewart was all over the San Francisco hippie scene long before it was cool in the late 50’s, and would have probably worn some flowers in his hair had his band The Kingston Trio not wondered where they had all gone.  He also penned one of The Monkees’ biggest hits in “Daydream Believer,” a song that I never really came around to liking until after its singer Davy Jones passed away a few years ago…

Not you! The other Davy Jones that passed a few years ago!

Stewart did a lot of solo work as well, but it wasn’t until 1979 that he had a big hit of his own, the #5 hit “Gold”…

If that song doesn’t have you tappin’ on the cans, nothing will.  Stewart even got a little help from Fleetwood Mac vixen Stevie Nicks, who can be heard singing backup.  According to the song’s Wiki article, and contrary to popular belief, her bandmate Lindsey Buckingham is not responsible for the guitar work in “Gold”…

Lindsey must have been on Holiday Road at the time…

As great as this song is, it doesn’t seem to have popped up on any of the popular corporate radio formats it would qualify for… rock, oldies, easy listening. Making the lights go down even more on this song’s legacy is the fact that even Stewart himself has come to loathe the song… seeing it as a fluff piece he did in a moment of weakness to satisfy the record execs who wanted a pop hit, and refusing to perform it in concert.  Alas, even its creator thinks this great tune is fool’s gold…

Hung Lo not made from real gold. This spray on tan!

The DVA will return next Monday with another lost song worth its weight in gold…


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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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25 Responses to Gold Record

  1. is that the perfect driving song? IT IS!!!!!! (and much better than the thing with the same title by spandau ballet) Thanks for sharing GOOD muzak!!!

  2. beth says:

    Ooh, I loved this!

  3. Ally Bean says:

    I remember this song. It sounds like Fleetwood Mac to me. “And he makes $2.50 an hour…” so he does better than a blogger!

    [I don’t know if this is how you want things to be, but when I visit your website about all I see now is ads. I realize that you’ve written stuff in between the ads, but they dominate the page. Also, when I click on the I accept banner at the bottom of the page, I’m taken to some kind of spam that wants me to download a flash player. I tell you this not to be a bummer, but as an observation.]

    • I never have and never will have any ads on this blog. Apparently, and unfortunately, WordPress reserves the right to spam the blogs hosted on their site with garbage. I use the AdBlock extension and never see any of these ads… I highly recommend it when browsing anywhere online.

      • Ally Bean says:

        I don’t think you can rely on WP to not put ads on your blog unless you pay the piper, so to speak. I use Safari, no extentions. Funny how we all assume we’re seeing the same thing on a webpage, but we’re not.

      • I had to use my old old laptop during an extended Windows update a couple weeks ago, and not logged in to WP plus without my AdBlock, I saw the mess they make of us “free” blogs. I pay extra for my domain and private registry, but WP itself won’t ever get a dime from me because my experience is that they don’t care about the bloggers who aren’t helping them make money.

      • Ally Bean says:

        Oh, I’m sure you’re right. WP, like honey badger, don’t care.

  4. Oh yes I remember this one for sure and I too remember thinking it was Fleetwood Mac, especially hearing Stevie Nicks’ backup. This is pure “gold”………


    • Fleetwood Mac had so many different members, that John Stewart may as well have been one of them, and we’ll credit “Gold” to them! And Mr. Stewart won’t lose any royalties since he’s now deceased…

  5. I love this song! He sounds a bit like musician Chris Rae to me. I heard this the other day on my way home from work on our classic rock station, love it! Kudos to DJ Scatchy for this pick! 👍😎

  6. ghostmmnc says:

    I sort of remember this song. Anyway I like it just fine. 🙂

  7. crimsonowl63 says:

    I remember this song! I always liked it. Good one.

  8. The sound of Cleevy Nicks’ voice just makes me want to scream. Her voice is beyond annoying. It is up there with Tiny Tim and the sound of mating cats screaming under the window when you want to sleep. It is nails on a chalk board. It is the sound of demons in Hell. It is the sound of skin on gravel all churned up and gargled with broken glass. Then the whole twirling witch woman personal just turns my stomach. Hey, I’m all for Halloween shit and witches, vampires, and black dresses, but NOOOOOOOOO Nicks. Oh fuck me if I ever have to hear her voice again. Other than that it is a fun song.

  9. Typo alert: twirling witch PERSONA. Anyway, fun post, as always. Even if I don’t like a song I always enjoy the post. And you know Vampires aren’t fond of witches.

    • LOL! I think this is the first time I have ever heard anyone not liking Stevie Nicks…. which always amused me since I didn’t think she was “all that.” My Dad always differed… but he had a crush.

  10. A swell rhythmic beat that should keep me going the rest of the week.

  11. draliman says:

    Never heard it before, but very catchy.

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