Ronnie Spector and the E Street Band – Say Goodbye to Hollywood – 1977 – Cleveland International Records / Epic

Ronnie Spector and the E Street Band - Say Goodbye to Hollywood - 1977 - Cleveland International Records / Epic

I’m primarily focussing on albums with this blog but I’ll make an exception for this single from 1977 because it is one of the greatest things to ever be put on wax. Ronnie Spector singing Say Goodbye to Hollywood is sweet, perfect. Ronnie Claims that Billy Joel wrote the song for her. This seems likely. If it isn’t true he certainly did his best at emulating a Ronnie Spector sound. This record is produced by Steven Van Zandt (under the moniker Sugar Miami Steve). It really has a great sense of excitement to it, it’s really, really amazing. Ronnie has one of the best voices I have ever heard. That slow but heavy vibrato gets me every time. The B-side of this single, Baby Please Don’t Go, isn’t the song you think it is but a new song by Steven Van Zandt. That’s a good track too. The only negative about this single is that there was no album. I would have loved to have heard a whole LP of Ronnie and the E Street Band. This post has been a bit more of a gushing, gee-wiz sort of post than usual. Well, that’s what this single does to me, turns me all inarticulate and goggle eyed with pure aural joy. It’s worth tracking down.

The Damned – Damned Damned Damned – 1977 – Stiff Records

The Damned - Damned Damned Damned - 1977 - Stiff Records

Why is it that first records are often the best? Why is it that some bands that were highly influential are sidelined by history? The first LP from the Damned, also the first LP to come from the British punk scene in the 70s, Damned Damned Damned, is a killer. It is sheer furious brilliance. They have made many albums since this one, a lot of good ones, a couple of great ones but for me this is the best of them all. For whatever strange reason they are often sidelined or totally left out of recent documentaries and books about the history of punk even though they were, along with the Sex Pistols and the Clash, one of the 3 biggest punk bands at the time. What is that about? The Damned are still around today and still sounding furious and insane. An amazing band.