Los Angeles Is Burning: Bad Religion, Sniff ‘N The Tears, Forever The Sickest Kids, Arthur Alexander

“DRIVER’S SEAT”    SNIFF ‘N THE TEARS

1979 hidden treasure song from a UK band that snuck into the US top 40 charts.   I remember having the 45 single and wearing it out.   The song was also used in Mark Wahlberg’s “Boogie Nights” where the song was reissued and become a Top 40 hit for the second time.  Sniff ‘N’ The Tears will forever be known as a one hit wonder but think about all of the bands that dream of one day even having a hit record!

“FOREVER GIRL”    FOREVER THE SICKEST KIDS

From Dallas, TX, Forever the Sickest Kids are a pop punk/emo band that teenage girls love.   “Forever Girl” isn’t full of deep lyrics and complex musical interludes.   It’s a simple direct love song to make you smile.   Love the line: “Cause we’ve got that thing that other people dream about and see on silver screens, it’s undeniable!”  

“LOS ANGELES IS BURNING”   BAD RELIGION

Not your typical California punk band, Bad Religion is known for three part harmony, intellectual  political messages in their deep lyrics.    Their CD, “The Empire Strikes First” was “dedicated to get George Bush voted out of office”.   “Los Angeles Is Burning” features Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.   Ironically, the L.A. Lakers use this song as a promotional clip when they’re “on fire”!



“SHARING THE NIGHT TOGETHER”   ARTHUR ALEXANDER

Dr. Hook took this song to #6 in the 70’s but the original was a classic R&B classic but the little known Arthur Alexander.   Music trivia:  Who’s the only songwriter to have his songs covered by The Beatles, The Stones and Bob Dylan?   Arthur Anderson

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