Reub's journey

02 May 2014

B sides

I am making chicken noodle soup and corn meal muffins while simultaneously flipping the switches in the juke box to play all b-sides, loud, as John comes home from a bad day at work. A normal person would not be happy to come into this little world, but John is immediately cheered  & asks for a dance to "Walk Like a Man" (B-side to the Four Seasons "Sherry").



And so commences Friday evening.

I had flipped 20 b-sides in a row.You know, if you just play them loud enough, and you get in the mood, it works. Helps to have a glass or two of wine, or maybe a bottle of beer.

We eat dinner and realize that the Zombies were amazing. ("You Make Feel So Good,"  b-side of "She's Not There"...could totally be the Beatles). By the time "Tutti Frutti" ( b-side of "Blue Suede Shoes") comes around, John has gone to hear a buddy play trumpet with a well-known jazz singer that I don't want to hear tonight. I'm waiting for the juke box to play the Dixie Cups' "Iko Iko" (b-side of "I Wanna Love Him So Bad"). "Iko Iko"-played with drumsticks on ashtrays- is one of my all-time favorite songs, which I first heard at night on a car radio, late, from New Orleans. It has its own Wiki page and I can't believe it was a b-side song.


Playing #85: Booker T and the MGs


But really, why be surprised at that? Every artist has the thing that sells, and then the other thing, which does not. That second thing is worth looking at, so revealing. The runner-up, the underbelly, the hopeful stab in the dark. I wish we still had records with just two songs on them.

Excuse me. Now I cannot write. I must listen to Patsy Cline ("I Fall to Pieces" b-side of "Crazy.")

40 comments:

  1. Songs that area a commercial success sometimes have a very short shelf life, while that B-side song can be played again and again.

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    1. Tabor I never thought of it that way, but you may be right.

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  2. How wonderful to have music play that big of a part in your lives. I'm going to look for a youtube video of Iko Iko.

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    1. GA, John is a professor in the college of forestry here at OSU, but on the side he is a musician. We have lots of music. :)

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  3. Iko Iko: used to linedance to that song when we first moved to this place.

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    1. Iko Iko would make a great line dance: it's from the dance-in-the-streets tradition of New Orleans.

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  4. I love that you have a Juke box!

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    1. I love the juke box but often forget about it. We can go months without playing it, and then...

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    1. Ellen, we got it maybe 3 years ago at an estate sale. One of the few juke box repair guys in the world lives just north of us, so it was easy to have it fixed up. And old 45's are easy to come by, it turns out.

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  6. Yes, so revealing: The A-side/B-side dichotomy is a nice window into the culture at the time. Is the juke downstairs? Can't wait to see it this August.

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    1. Sooo glad you're heading west this summer! The juke box is in *the dining room* which is basically the kitchen since it's all kind of one room. Very accessible.

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    1. I don't know how cool listening to oldies is, but I'll take it!

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  8. I love that you have a jukebox.. and that you play the B-sides. Those lesser-known songs are fun to listen too. They never got overplayed. That's why I enjoy Deep Tracks on satellite radio.. those songs that you haven't heard in ages.

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    1. Deep Tracks? I'll have to check it out. Thanks Hilary.

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  9. Music is magic at its best. I'm now alternately humming some of the songs you listed with Triumph's "Magic Power."
    Congratulations on your POTW!

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    1. Oh dear, I hope I didn't give you ear worms.

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  10. came back to say congrats on your POTW!

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    1. hey twg, you're a steady pal. Thanks!

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  11. You have a jukebox! Yeahhhh!!!!!!
    Can we be neighbors?

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    1. If you headed out now, you'd be in time for pizza this evening, Rosaria! Don't knock, just come on in!

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  12. Who knew 'Walk Like a Man' was a B-side? What a fabulous topic for a post, Kerry. I love it.

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    1. Right? I had a dentist appt on Thursday and it was playing there! I love that little 45. You can't go wrong with either side.

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  13. you continue to amaze me!

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    1. BF, you amaze me as well, and I do not know who you are. But that's one of the wonder-ments of the internet and I'm happy with it.

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  14. Oh, Patsy Cline is a HUGE favorite of mine!! Sometimes I just have to push all the other music away and listen to pure Patsy. :) Loved your post!

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    1. Nobody surpasses Patsy, right?

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  15. Rarely is the most popular song my favorite so I'd like listening to those songs with you. And Patsy Cline - who wouldn't like anything she say. Enjoyed the visit.

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    1. Thank you MR! Let's turn the juke box back on and hit the next 20 b-sides!

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  16. I'm surprised to hear some of these were 'B' sides! I confess I'm not familiar with Iko-Iko, though, and since I love the Dixie Chicks, I'm off to discover it. Thank you, and congrats on the POTW!

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    1. It is a surprise, isn't it, that those are b-sides? Oh, but it's the Dixie Cups, a long-ago girl band. I hope you like them. :-)

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  17. I love the image of you two dancing in your dining room to your very own jukebox music. That is so amazing.

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    1. Yeah, a little crazy. Really, everyone should have a jukebox though.

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