Stormy Weather

And somewhere off in the distance, a possum was fried.

Need some help weathering the storm of the upcoming week?  Well, The Nest will have you singing in the rain in no time!  It’s Monday, and that’s the day we scour through the almanac to find another great hit that got swept away in the flood of mainstream music from that giant cumulonimbus cloud of thundering lost hits we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy’s your weather girl, and has she got news for you.  While the Sponkies are trying to recreate a tornado inside a two liter bottle.  Hail hail to rock and roll…

Thirty years ago sometime in the early 90’s, I was watching a weather special hosted by WGN (based in Chicago, but broadcast all over America via cable TV) meteorologist Tom Skilling…. and during one montage of severe weather, a song played over the background that I had never heard before, but it certainly stuck with me.  Then I heard that familiar chorus again not long after in those infamous 70’s Preservation Society ads, as the song was one of the 23 “Top 10 hits” (more on this later) to be included on their compilation album, and it was played over the telephone number at the end.

Would you buy a record from this man?

It wasn’t until YouTube came along about fifteen years ago that I was finally able to listen to the full song…. which isn’t quite as good as that soul stirring refrain I grew to love, but still, this song deserved to be MUCH better remembered than it was…

Chi Coltrane may be one of the most obscure, but celebrated one hit wonders to ever wander into a recording studio… at least according to her short and not-very-well cited Wikipedia page.  Although American born and raised, she was apparently more successful in continental Europe.  But in the US, she will always have her 1972 song “Thunder and Lightning,” which despite the 70’s Preservation Society’s claims to including only Top 10 hits on their album, only made it to #17 on the Hot 100.  I don’t think I’ve ever heard this song on the radio before, and may have never run across it at all if not for my fascination with weather…

It’s a good thing Tom Skilling didn’t forget about “Thunder And Lightning”…

Be warned, another Lost Earworm Watch is in effect for next Monday…


About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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10 Responses to Stormy Weather

  1. I know her song go with elijah? she even was number one in europe with that…

  2. I do remember this song…..I must have heard this on the radio way back then but I suppose it was one of those “one hit wonders” that just faded away into the fog of the 70s – at least in the States?


  3. noelleg44 says:

    Woo hoo! Our pipes will freeze again at the end of this week!

  4. That’s the kind of song we need today to keep our blood moving in this bone chilling cold. Heck with staying warm, we say…stay inside! Happy Monday.

  5. draliman says:

    Quite a jaunty ditty I guess. Nothing special, but she has a nice voice.

  6. Juliette says:

    Oh wow, what a beautiful voice. This is a new one for me. I usually avoid female singers on the radio. Most have breathy kind of ugly auto-tuned voices that are like ice picks in my ear. Nice. Thank you for sharing this.

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