First Song I Remember Hating
I’m easy to please, and I have always been so, if I can believe my what my mom tells me. I didn’t balk too much when my dad played country music (ewwww) on his stereo, or even when he put on a Liberace record, unless he played it incessantly on a weekend. Like a good daughter, I’d roll my eyes and chide him with a “Not thaaaaat, Dad!” Thankfully, that didn’t happen often, since he usually disappeared into some self-assigned dad projects and took his portable radio along to listen to a game or Indy racing or something like that. When I was 10, though, a song hit the charts that sent me scrambling for the radio dial every time it came on. Needless to say, it doesn’t reside on my iPod and never will.
I didn’t always hate the song. At first, it was kind of funny and I liked the danceable beat and I loved the horns. (In fact, if you could leave the vocal track out of this song and change the lyrics, I think I could love this song.) Still, it was all over the radio, back in the days when hits got played about once an hour. (Do they still do that? I don’t listen to any Top 40 stations these days, so I don’t know.)
As a kid, what I didn’t know is that John Fred wrote this song as a parody of Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds. It’s so apparent now, with the spacey-weird lyrics like “cantalope eyes come to me tonight” and a title that mimics the flow of the original. Maybe it inspired a young Weird Al to write songs in the same comic vein, so, for that I am grateful. But I am glad that John Fred & His Playboy Band were one-hit wonders, and didn’t stick around to record more parodies like this one.
I had to seek this out to download, so I could share the song, since there’s no way I own it. Hey, if I can listen, so can you. Actually, I’m kind of dancing to it and ignoring the lyrics.