Thursday, October 21, 2010

Nagging question answered

I hate unanswered questions - they tend to stick around in my head. So it's nice when one gets answered.

About 2.5 years ago, Mrs. Bart and I were in California for one of my famous hybrid work / leisure trips. She popped into a Trader Joe's to buy an enormous container of blackberries. I still remember how good they were - they were cheap and from Mexico, and absolutely perfect.

After parking the car I went into TJ's to find Mrs. Bart, and there was a song playing on the store's speaker system. It wasn't loud, but it was distinctive and the melody stuck in my head. I knew I'd heard it before, but I simply couldn't put a name to it. I also hadn't heard a sufficiently long string of lyrics to piece it together with a Google search.

Every now and then this song popped up again in my head, but I was no closer to figuring out what it was. UNTIL TONIGHT.

I rarely watch broadcast TV, but I was tonight, and a commercial came on. About 3 seconds into it, I was like, holy crap, that's the song! There was no doubt in my mind. Plus, I heard enough of the lyrics so that I could do a Google search and figure out what the song was.

And the winner is...

...from 1971, "Brand New Key" by Melanie!

Yeah, I was stumped by an early 70s novelty song. However embarrassed you may be for me, trust me, I'm more embarrassed.

But the good news is, that's one nagging question answered.

2 comments:

Kevin said...

You never saw "Boogie Nights"? It was in the movie (Roller Girl and all) and on the soundtrack.

Bart said...

I have seen "Boogie Nights", but it was in the theater so it's been a while and didn't ring a bell.

I think "There Will Be Blood" is the only Paul Thomas Anderson movie I've seen more than once.