Five-Star Fridays

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Not my favorite Guess Who song (the commies!), but what a glorious vibe in this video.

No voice evokes the late 60s/early 70s like Burton Cummings’.


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12 Responses to “Five-Star Fridays”

  1. #1 |  Jeremiah | 

    You have got to be kidding. Lord knows why the late 60s/early 70s are evoked more by Burton Cummings than by Aretha, Sly Stone, John Fogerty, or James Brown. Maybe for a certain type of culturally deprived white boy…

  2. #2 |  primus | 

    Culture is in the soul of the individual. To criticize one’s choices of music, art etc. is the same as criticizing their prefererred colour, food, garment etc. Small-minded people do so all the time. For each of us, our cultural memories are individual and different. Mine do not include Sly, James Brown and several other second rate singers and musicians, but do include Guess Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival and many others. Forest Gump was a sound extravaganza. My cultural memories are as valid for me as yours are for you.

  3. #3 |  Burgers Allday | 

    Come clean, Mr. Balko: was I the one who provoked your Tweet about Jared Francom?

    so far as I know, I was 1st to make that connexion, but who cares, really, I guess.

    yr srvnt,


  4. #4 |  Juice | 

    Baby, I’ll be there to share the forest and plain that they’ll be giving away, so we can gambol together.

  5. #5 |  xenia onatopp | 

    For me, the voices most evocative of the late sixties– I was in 6th grade in 1969– are those of Colin Blunstone of the Zombies and Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane. Note I don’t say best, I say most evocative; Time Of The Season and Eskimo Blue Day both immediately transport me to 1969 with an incredible, so-real-I-can-taste-it rush of jumbled verge-of-adolescence emotions, of exuberance, curiousity, and rebellion.

    The early seventies have a different vibe, really diffuse– David Bowie, Carole King, John Prine, Robert Plant, Ray Davies, Sandy Denny, Elton John, James Taylor, Alice Cooper, Peter Wolf, Steve Goodman, David Johansen, Joni Mitchell, Iggy Pop…junior high for me was all about exploring the music and the weed.

  6. #6 |  Fred | 

    When I think of the “60’s” this is what I think of

  7. #7 |  Burgers Allday | 

    o, yeh, and total John Ennis on lead gtr!

  8. #8 |  RSDavis | 

    I can’t help but like The Guess Who, but this is a better choice, in my opinion:

  9. #9 |  Mike | 

    The hell with the communism, THEY ARE CANADIANS!

  10. #10 |  stoky | 

    When I think of the ’60s I think Led Zepplin, Creme and Jimi Hendrix. I saw Jimi at the Family Dog and a cop tokin at the Denver Coliseum during a Led Zepplin show.

  11. #11 |  Johnny | 

    This is cool:

  12. #12 |  Michael Haltman | 

    I have my own Friday tradition at The Political Commentator. The politician-alcoholic beverage combination of the week. This week: Barney Frank.

    Read about fruity, fruity sangria here: