Greatest misses: Barbara Acklin, “Am I The Same Girl?” (1969)

(Above: Hidden in this album is a great song.) Sometimes, what may be the best version of a song is the one that finishes in third place. 1n 1968 session musicians at Brunswick Records went into the studio and laid down a jam. That track was released by Brunswick and first hit the Billboard Hot … Continue reading Greatest misses: Barbara Acklin, “Am I The Same Girl?” (1969)

Greatest misses: The Men, “The Church of Logic, Sin, and Love” (1992)

(Above: Promo photo for the Men, circa 1992) One of the great advantages of working in radio without concern for ratings - because you don't have any - is the ability to take certain liberties with the playlist. I think I can best sum up my stint as the morning host at Joliet's WLLI-FM from … Continue reading Greatest misses: The Men, “The Church of Logic, Sin, and Love” (1992)

Coming of age: 4 Non Blondes, “What’s Up” (1992)

(Above: Gisborne, New Zealand, where I lived for about a year in the mid-90s.) It's weird to think that the song that starts with the line "25 years and my life is still/Tryin' to get up that great big hill of hope/For a destination" turns 25 years old next year.  Released in 1992, 4 Non … Continue reading Coming of age: 4 Non Blondes, “What’s Up” (1992)