June 23, 2017
- B-52’s “Love Shack” Cosmic Thing (Reprise) 1989
- Dan Auerbach “Shine On Me” Waiting on A Song (Easy Eye Sound) 2017
- Juice Newton “Queen of Hearts” Juice (Capitol) 1981
- Fun Boy Three feat. Bananarama “T’ain’t What You Do (It’s the Way That You Do It)” Fun Boy Three (Chrysalis) 1982
- Styx “Grand Illusion” The Grand Illusion (A&M) 1977
- Brian Eno “Another Green World” Another Green World (Island) 1975
- Jeff Rosenstock “Wave Goodnight to Me” WORRY (SideOneDummy) 2016
Could that over there be the cassingle in question?
Perhaps it is, yet it reminds us of the writings of the legendary Larry Harroway, who opined, “I treasure my comprehensive libraries of such Cassingle Era giants as Hall & Oates, Mr. Mister, and Laura Branigan in equal measure to my extensive archive of such one-cassingle wonders as T’Pau, Nu Shooz, and Boys Don’t Cry. In all the world, is there a collection of cassingles equal to my own? No. No such collection exists, except in dreams.”
Yes, friends, Juice Newton was not the first to record and release “Queen of Hearts.” The tune, written by Hank DeVito (who played in Emmylou Harris’ band), was recorded by both Dave Edmunds (1979) and Rodney Crowell (1980) before Juice turned it into a top 5 smash in 1981. Here’s Dave’s version — which was a #11 hit on the UK chart (dig Basher on bass):
Patrick is pretty sure one of the albums he got from Columbia House Record Club (11 for a penny!) was The Grand Illusion.