leave your inhibitions at the door
Today’s the day that my best friend Mojo’s show premieres on HGTV – Ultimate Aquariums. So if you want to see a couple handsome guys with killer physiques and their rich and famous clients, tune in. In honor of this momentous event, I thought I’d feature a Guilty Pleasure that Mojo suggested a long time ago. – Elvin Bishop’s Fooled around and Fell in Love.
For those of you who joined late, my Guilty Pleasure posts feature a song I love that I really should have no business liking. A lot of that has to do with expectations for my demographic – well-seasoned (i.e. OLD), male, father, graduate degreed, etc. So, for instance, I really shouldn’t be a fan of Call Me Maybe, The Biebs, or Kelly Clarkson because it’s the music of young girls or soccer moms. And, supposedly, I’m not supposed to be a big fan of the Ying Yang Twins. Nope, society dictates that I’m supposed to think that classic rock is the only music that matters and that I’m slowly gaining an appreciation for jazz. Let’s get the record straight – that shit ain’t happening. So that’s why stuff like Styx and Chuck Mangione are guilty pleasures for me.
But it doesn’t really matter how you define it. These Guilty Pleasures posts are a safe haven and you’re free to like any song without being subject to humiliation by your peers. More importantly, these posts are a great excuse for having pictures of hot women that have almost nothing to do with the song.
On to the song of the day… I do love this, so the “pleasure” part of the equation is fulfilled. The song, by legendary blues guitarist Elvin Bishop, has a nice lilting feel with great backing harmonies. The lyrics are terrific in that it’s the classic tale of a young lothario who meets his ultimate match and falls hopelessly in love. The song was written by Bishop but he thought his voice was too gravelly and just didn’t fit. So he had one of his backup singers sing on the track – Mickey Thomas. The combination was perfect and they struck GOLD. The song hit #3 on the charts, was featured in a few movies, and is considered one of he great songs of the 70s.
So why is it Guilty?
Due to the success of that song, Mickey was then chosen to be the lead singer for…
STARSHIP! So he’s responsible for such horrid tunes as We Built this City and…
ANYTHING remotely associated with Starship is automatically guilty as all hell. But let’s focus on the positive on this glorious HGTV day. “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” was recorded in the days when music videos were still pretty rare, so the only ones on YouTube have crappy concert footage. Thankfully, someone created their own with gorillas and all kinds of bikini-clad women. SCORE!!!