You might have your list of songs that you never need to hear again in your lifetime.
For me, two such songs come to mind: Tommy James and the Shondells “Mony Mony” and Bachman-Turner Overdrive “Taking Care of Business.”
‘Taking Care of Business’
In the fine tradition of the game show, “Jeopardy,” we ask, “What’s your problem?”
The problem is that I’ve heard these songs way too many times. In my version of hell, these songs are played endlessly.
For far too many years in Western Pennsylvania, both of these songs have been played relentlessly at every wedding that’s held in the local firehall. It’s on the playlist of every DJ.
Why – oh why – can we not find some new songs that don’t suck?
I don’t have anything against either of these bands. In fact, in my high school years, BTO was a very popular band. I remember listening to Casey Kasem explain in his American Top 40 segment that the lead singer stuttered, and it came through in the lyrics of “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.”
It’s now the 21st century, and it’s time to put these two songs to rest. Please, if you invite me to your Western Pennsylvania wedding, and you are going to hold it in the local firehall, remove these from the playlist.