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This was originally released in 1970 as the B-side to the unsuccessful single "Hello Melinda Goodbye." Re-released in 1971 as the A-side, it became a hit. (thanks, Jeanne - Lincoln, IL)
The song is about the lower class being looked down upon and denied access to what the rich have in America.
In 1991, this was a #12 US hit for Tesla. They released it on their third album, which was named Five Man Acoustical Jam as an allusion to the band. In Tesla's unedited version they replace the phrase "Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind" with "F--kin' up the scenery, breakin' my mind." (thanks, Clayton - Blount County, AL)
Tesla's version was one of the first acoustic hit songs of the '90s and helped launch the "Unplugged" trend. MTV started their series of Unplugged concerts shortly after their cover came out.
The man who created Yacht Rock with "Sailing" wrote one of his biggest hits while on acid.
La La Brooks of The Crystals
The lead singer on "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Then He Kissed Me," La La explains how and why Phil Spector replaced The Crystals with Darlene Love on "He's A Rebel."
Ozzy, Guns N' Roses, Judas Priest and even Michael Bolton show up in this Classic Metal quiz.
Billy Gould of Faith No More
Faith No More's bassist, Billy Gould, chats to us about his two new experimental projects, The Talking Book and House of Hayduk, and also shares some stories from the FNM days.