Many decades ago, probably on October 26, 1974, I was a sophomore at Texas A&M University sitting all alone in my apartment. All my friends were gone for the weekend so I had nothing to do other than play my records (vinyl records on a turntable!) and do the laundry.
Our apartment complex laundry room was directly across the street and whenever I went over there, I took my portable radio with me. That was when I heard a little song titled “Killer Queen” by a group I had never heard of: Queen.
I listened to the song, thinking to myself, “I don’t know who this group is but I think they are going to go somewhere.” Well, they did go somewhere. Yes, indeed.
As soon as I finished the laundry, I jumped on my bicycle and rode over to Northgate to the record store I patronized. I found the 45 single, bought it, took it home, and played the heck out of it. By the time all my friends came back on Sunday night, I had the song memorized and was walking and biking everywhere singing to the music in my head.
I put Queen on my “To Watch” list, and a few weeks later Queen’s second album, “Sheer Heart Attack,” was released. That might be the first album I ever bought where I showed up before the store opened to be the first in, to make sure that I got a copy of the music I wanted.
Yesterday morning I was chatting online with a home inspector about a hundred miles north of me. As we were chatting I was checking out his Facebook profile and found a music video of his son’s band, Stuck in Suburbia. Of course, I had to listen since the text indicated that it is their first single from their soon-to-be-released EP. Here it is:
As I was listening to “Nowhere Town,” I thought to myself, “I don’t know who this group is but I think they are going to go somewhere.”
I think the group as a whole really do an awesome job, but as a singer myself, I really like Johnny’s voice. It’s clear and smooth, and his diction is great. Beautiful singing.
Back in June I started singing Muse’s “Psycho” and have had problems getting that music out of my head. Yesterday I found myself playing “Nowhere Town” over and over, and now it is the new music in my head.
Stuck in Suburbia is now on my “To Watch” list, and in today’s world it’s much easier to watch someone simply by friending or following them on Facebook, connecting with them on LinkedIn, or being a Twit and following them on Twitter!
Following are two other songs of theirs, both cover versions, which I also found on YouTube. My only complaint is that both of these cover versions—remember that they were composed by other people—use the F word in each song. Not a lot, but it’s there. I think Stuck in Suburbia is good enough not to have to rely on whatever shock value comes with the F word. Their dad tells me that the EP “is clean.”
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