Flashback: “Cruisin'” by Michael Nesmith

I don’t believe the song was a hit, but it’s hard not to hear the song and NOT see the video of it – as the video narrates the story much better than the lyrics do.

Yes, this is the same Michael Nesmith of The Monkees fame – and no, “Sunset Sam” is not Hulk Hogan, but another professional wrestler of note who went under the ring name of Steve Strong. The video was part of a video-only “album” called Elephant Parts, which was one of the first such albums ever to be released in 1981. The following year, it was the third-highest selling laser disc, behind two films you may have heard of: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, and Star Wars.

An enjoyable little ditty, I always thought.


Flashback: “Miracles” by Jefferson Starship

I forgot to mention on last week’s Flashback the passing of Marty Balin, so time to make up for that.

Probably one of the bigger hits Balin was involved in was this 1975 hit, peaking at #3 on the Billboard charts.

Flashback: “Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix)” by Los Del Rio

You can’t say I don’t do my part in trying to keep the nation unified.  Stressful times, America? Do the Macarena!

This was a worldwide hit for Los Del Rio, going to the top of the Billboard charts for an astounding 14 weeks in the late summer and early fall of 1996. It also wound up being the #1 single in the Year-End Hot 100 for the year.

Flashback: “Magic” by Pilot

A song getting a lot of play in these parts due to the sudden resurgence (or so it’s hoped) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Scottish band Pilot scored their biggest hit in the US with the song (they’re better known in the UK for another song called “January” which topped the UK charts but fared poorly here), with the song peaking at #5 on the Billboard charts in the summer of 1975.

Flashback: “Let’s Do Something Cheap And Superficial” by Burt Reynolds

The song was referenced in the “Smokey And The Bandit II” movie, and yes – there was really such a song. It was a minor hit for Reynolds on the country and pop charts in 1980.