February 21, 2011

I'll be in touch so don't leave town in a big black car

This song made quite a big impression on me when I was a kid and it was played over and over on all the big AOR FM stations. I used to play it in my bedroom and walk around at school singing it in my head, and sometimes even kind of whisper-singing it to myself which would elicit funny looks when anyone overheard me doing it because basically, let's face it, my muttering the word "homicide" over and over with a very serious facial expression probably confirmed some general suspicion about me. I mean, I assume it must have. In this day and age, I'd have been locked up and sent off for therapeutic brainwashing or whatever they do, and maybe I should have been at that. (And speaking of facing things, "Let's Face It" was another one I used to "perform" this way, a song that was possibly a little more relevant to my own life than "Homicide.") I think my old band in high school used to do a (likely pretty terrible) version of it, too.

Anyway, I picked up the old acoustic Yamaha just now and for some reason I started playing and singing "Homicide," and cracked myself up by how silly it was that I used to sing it then, and that I was doing it now. That guitar was a Confirmation present from my parents, so it's the same guitar I used to play it on back then, too.

Posted by Dr. Frank at February 21, 2011 11:52 PM | TrackBack

Yeah 999 got a fairly large push in North America but it never seemed to amount to much for them.
I'd still maintain that up until "Concrete" they remained a pretty sold band.

Posted by: jeffen at February 22, 2011 08:50 PM

We went to the Westgate Mall in Brockton, Massachusetts, and we went to Musicland, and we looked in the tiny little import bin, and we found this album. Johnny bought it. We sort of communally bought our punk rock records based on who had money at the time. It was winter. I have to think January or February of 1981. We took it to one of our houses and listened to it and agreed it was good. Walking around singing the word "homicide" occurred in more than one instance in our circle as well.

Posted by: Lexington Green at February 23, 2011 12:22 AM