RIP Peter Sarstedt: “Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)” (1969)

(Above: How do you pass up a picture sleeve like this?) I didn't know who Peter Sarstedt was until two things happened several years ago: I picked up a book on British chart history for a project and saw that he had the Number One song in the UK the day I was born. I … Continue reading RIP Peter Sarstedt: “Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)” (1969)

Checking the charts: Billboard Hot 100, January 7, 1989

(Above: I have this CD.  It's wimpier than the Brand X bags in a Hefty ad.) On a snowy Saturday night in Grand Rapids I took a pilgrimage to the local pizza shop to pick up dinner. Since the roads were bad, the drive took about three times as long as usual. I tuned into … Continue reading Checking the charts: Billboard Hot 100, January 7, 1989

New year’s resolutions: Dramarama, “Last Cigarette” (1989)

(Above: Cover art for Stuck in Wonderamaland, 1990) I was never really a smoker. I was in the habit of buying cigarettes only when working at my first job, which I fondly think back on as "petroleum distributor."  To be correct, I had exactly three jobs that were not in radio: -Gas pump jockey, Brian's … Continue reading New year’s resolutions: Dramarama, “Last Cigarette” (1989)