Wrapped Up Like a Douche! Blinded by the Light

Manfred Mann Roaring Silence album cover

Song: Blinded by the Light Artist: Manfred Mann’s Earth Band (1976 – Original by Bruce Springsteen ) Album: The Roaring Silence (Warner Bros. Records) Most people know the song Blinded by the Light from Manfred Mann’s Earth Band (usually known as Manfred Man), but it was actually a Bruce Springsteen Song, and an important one at … Read more

Life is Very Short, and There’s No Time For Fussing and Fighting

Song: We Can Work It Out (1965) Artist: The Beatles Album: Yesterday and Today (Capital) We Can Work It Out was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and appeared on the album Yesterday and Today. The song is just as well known, if not better-known, by Stevie Wonder’s 1970 cover version, from the album Signed, Sealed & Delivered. At the … Read more

Pompatus Of Love: What Does It Mean?

Steve Miller Band 1969

Song: The Joker (1973) Artist: Steve Miller Band Album: The Joker (Capitol) It is one of those musical ironies that so many people wonder about the lyrics to Steve Miller’s song, The Joker, “the pompatus of love.” The song is catchy and it is one of those classic rock songs you can’t help but sing along … Read more

25 or 6 to 4 Meaning: Time of Day or Drugs?

Chicago 25 or 6 to 4

Song: 25 or 6 to 4 (1970) Artist: Chicago Album: Chicago II (Columbia) The Tommy Tutone song Jenny (867-5309) spawned quite a myth, or maybe not a myth, about thousands of people calling the number from the song and overloading the circuit boards, thus causing the number to always be “out of service,” or something like that. But … Read more

I’m Special, So Special: What Song Is It?

Song: Brass in Pocket (1980) Artist: Pretenders Album: The Pretenders (Real Records/Sire) Brass in Pocket may be the most well-known Pretenders song, but since, like so much of the Pretender’s music, it has lived on so long, many people who hear it may have never heard of the Pretenders. Since the words “Brass in Pocket” are … Read more