Neil Young Takes A Stand – Again

by Kevin Burton    Neil Young has always put his money where his mouth is.   He took on the Nixon White House during the Vietnam War. Now he is taking on a popular podcaster who he says propagates dangerous lies about Covid 19.      By pulling his music from Spotify, the world’s largest …

Karen Carpenter, Born 72 Years Ago Today

by Kevin Burton    No rock and roll artist discussion can make me more happy, but at the same time more sad and more angry than that of Karen Carpenter.     None of my other favorites, from Steely Dan to Gerry Rafferty, Motown to the Beatles, to Supertramp, Billy Joel, Elton John, Flans from Mexico, …

“The Immigrant” Didn’t Fit John Lennon

by Kevin Burton    For about three minutes and fifty seconds a tidy story unfolds from the pen of lyricist Phil Cody and the voice of the great Neil Sedaka.    Attempt to read between the lines though and you have a mess on your hands, especially with Sedaka dedicating the song to ex-Beatle John …

Sign Me Up, Forever In Blue Jeans

by Kevin Burton    We talk Neil Diamond for the second time this week today, but first, a short digression back to my college days.    My college friend Matt once commented that “the only things Kevin Burton and I agree on are Billy Joel and freedom of the press.”    We favored both, for the …

Simon At His Best On “Me And Julio”

by Kevin Burton    The lyrics say crime and punishment, the delivery, whimsy and jest.     The package came from Paul Simon, and he was hot in the early 70s. So I am amazed to learn that this song qualifies for inclusion in our 2022 series on songs that peaked at number 22 on the …

Eddie Money’s Definition Of Paradise

by Kevin Burton    A song that Cash Box called “an excellent punchy rocker” has become a necessary part of our shared musical vocabulary.    The signature song of the late Eddie Money, “Two Tickets To Paradise,” peaked at number 22 on the American chart. So it has a place in our 2022 series.    …

A Farewell To Everyday People?

by Kevin Burton    Sly Stone’s spot-on cultural signpost “Everyday People” topped the American charts 53 years ago.  But where is that message today?    The song is brilliant in its simplicity. Sung partially to the rhythm of a children’s rhyme, it contains a message even a child can understand.    “The song takes some …

70s Elvis And The Fiction Of “My Way”

by Kevin Burton    In a 50th year retrospective, The Guardian called the song “My Way” a monument. True enough in the musical sense, but I say it’s a sad one.     This look at My Way is part of our 2022 series on songs that peaked at number 22 on the American chart.  You …

Taylor’s “Shower The People” Says It All

by Kevin Burton    In the great human family James Taylor got the voice. The rest of us are just making do.    That’s a favorite old saying of mine. It may be difficult to stick to it, given the thousands of talented singers we’ve heard over the years. But every time I listen to …

The Rubberband Man Is Out Of Sight

by Kevin Burton    A song that producer Thom Bell wrote for his overweight son is by far my favorite Spinners tune and has always been a guilty pleasure.    Now I’m trying to get to the bottom of it.    The song is “The Rubberband Man.” Bell wrote the song to help improve his …