Track of the Day has been on hiatus this quarter, but that doesn’t mean there you’re devoid of new listening material; unless you’ve been following TotD regularly, there are sure to be some tunes you’ve missed. A few of our favorites, after the jump.
Identical twins Bill and Bob Alessi put out five LPs between 1976 and 1982. Today’s track, “Seabird,” comes off their 1976 self-titled debut, released on A&M Records. The group is probably best-known for their single “Oh, Lori,” released in that same year; eight years later, they contributed a track to the Ghostbusters soundtrack (“Savin’ The Day”) that most people who’ve seen the movie will probably recognize. Your mileage may vary when it comes to the rest of their material, depending mostly on how strong your taste for late-’70s AM pop is, your mileage may vary—but that first album’s pretty darn good.
“(He’s Our Dear Old) Weatherman” comes from Mark Wirtz’s Teenage Opera, which he began working on in 1967 but which was not released in its entirety until 1996. Wirtz began the project while working as a producer for EMI and tapped members of the band Tomorrow, including guitarist Steve Howe, along with the children’s chorus from Corona Stage School to record it. In 1967 he released one 7” of material from the opera, which nearly topped the charts in the U.K., but he was unable to convince EMI to continue financing the project and he ultimately left the label in 1969. He continued working on the project and the full soundtrack, including “Weatherman,” was released in 1996 by RPM Records as A Teenage Opera. Wirtz continues to record and produce, releasing Lost Pets 2 in 2010.
Sexual Harrassment was the project of Lynn Tolliver, a Cleveland radio DJ, which released one album in 1983; that album, I Need A Freak, shared its name with the group’s most popular single. Tolliver wrote the group’s material under the name David Payton, to distance himself from his radio career, though the group that toured as Sexual Harrassment was one Tolliver had formed after the initial success of “I Need A Freak”; the touring group included Tolliver’s girlfriend, and additional vocals on the record came from radio announcers acquainted with Tolliver.
The majority of Sexual Harrassment’s single releases are contained on the 1983 release—which, if you enjoyed today’s track, you’d probably dig. April of 2011 saw the release of the Give It To Me Hot EP, which featured four reworkings of songs featured on the I Need A Freak album. An interesting listen if you’re looking for more Sexual Harrassment, but probably not much more than a curiosity.
“Memories” is the first track off Red Dirt’s 1970 self-titled release on Fontana Records. While the album received little attention at the time, the group’s blend of blues rock with prog and country influences has made it a hot commodity for collectors, with the original pressing going for as much as £600. In 2010, Morgan Blue Town reissued the album with five bonus tracks and featured “Memories” on their Truly, This Must be Heaven compilation. After the group disbanded, producer Geoff Gill and guitarist Steve Howden joined Fickle Pickle, who released one album, Sinful Skinful, on the Dutch label Explosion a little later in 1970.