Poco Loco

There’s nothing wrong with being nuts!

Didja read the news?  This morning when the paper landed in your yard?  The Nest is letting the record player from the Dusty Vinyl Archive take a few…. er, thirty weeks off to recharge so that we may bring you this special presentation!  It’s our fourth ever Top 30 countdown, and this one will literally be a calliope of potpourri!  It’s a collection of some of my favorite songs I’ve always wanted to feature in a Monday post, but that didn’t quite fit into the selection criteria of one of my Monday Muzak features.  It’s The Nest’s Top 30 Songs We Just Feel Like Playing… or as it’s already being nicknamed, The Countdown of Whatever!  These songs aren’t really lost, but hopefully you’ll be glad to have found them anyway.  You’ve got a long wait to find out what my #1 song is in this countdown, but we’ll ease you into this new project with a nice, soothing soft rock hit that is mellower than a certain raccoon after partaking of a certain recreational pharmaceutical…

#30. “Crazy Love” – Poco

For what it’s worth, the country rock band Poco formed in the late 60’s after the breakup of Buffalo Springfield.  The trio of Jim Messina, Richie Furay and Rusty Young teamed up as the original members of the new band that took its name from the Spanish word for little.  By the late 70’s, Young was the only one of those three who was still with the band… which was on the verge of splitting up itself.  Young teamed up with bandmate Paul Cotton to form a side project, the Cotton-Young band, and recorded an album in 1978.  Their label pressured them to release the album under the Poco name, which turned out to be a good move… because that album, Legend, wound up containing Poco’s two biggest hits.  And the one everyone remembers is a huge favorite of mine… the 1979 #17 hit “Crazy Love.”

That three minutes of light rock awesomeness was penned by Rusty Young within half an hour after it came to him while working on his house one day.  It just goes to show you that do it yourself projects around the home can sometimes be more productive than destructive…

Just keep painting the fence, and maybe your muse will come to you, dear.

The stylized horse that appears on the album cover of Legend is somewhat well known in the pop culture of music.  Did you know that it was designed by none other than Phil Hartman?  Yeah, the late comedian from Saturday Night Live and News Radio was a graphic artist once upon a time.  I did not know that until reading up for this post!

The horse is pissed.  Probably because it wasn’t drawn as a unicorn.

Be sure to come back next Monday for the next song in The Nest’s most unpredictable countdown!


About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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18 Responses to Poco Loco

  1. Yep – also a fave of mine as well…..and I have always thought that fluid sketch of a horse was fabulous. Capturing motion in such few brush strokes takes REAL talent.


    • I was fortunate to get regular drawings to look like what they were supposed to, let alone with minimalism like that! I think I might have captured the live action form of that though since my Shelf Critter Theatre scenes seem to do a good job of telling the story with so many critters who can’t move or change expressions!

  2. I love this song! I’m still amazed at how underrated Poco is as a band. They churned out half of the Eagles, Randy Misner and Timothy B. Schmidt. Okay maybe not half (says sarcastically) but those two really brought some vocal gold to both bands. Great Pick Evil!

  3. One of my favorite groups from yesteryear. Saw Poco in the early 80’s at the Rainbow Music Hall shortly after I transplanted myself to Denver. One of the all time great concert performances. Lots of oooohs and crazy love that night. Happy Monday!

  4. Fascinating. From your first choice there, I’m presuming this will be a romp through a lot of late 70/early 80s ‘hits’. Well good. I could use an infusion of some mellow ‘classic’ rock with a few hairbands mixed in for flavor.

    • Oh, this is going to be a blender of a countdown! The next three songs are all from different decades, and none of them from Poco’s 70’s. My musical taste is all over the board, and likewise, so will this countdown be!

  5. crimsonowl63 says:

    Great song! I love Poco. Such a good choice.
    I just found out that Phil Hartman drew album covers recently. I thought it was great. Looking forward to the rest of the countdown.


  7. draliman says:

    The chorus nearly saved it, but not quite.
    Ha, I always thought “Buffalo Springfield” was a person. So when you wrote about their “breakup” I had a vision of poor Mr Springfield falling to bits…

  8. Ally Bean says:

    I remember this song. I liked it then, like it now. I didn’t know about the Phil Hartman connection.

  9. Trisha says:

    I had forgotten all about this song! It’s nice. I like the soft, instrumental background music.

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