I continue to be easily amused, this time by random web-based recommendation systems. For some reason, following upon a mention of Porter Waggoner’s “Carroll County Accident” in LD Beghtol’s fabulous concordance to The Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs, I found myself looking up that song’s lyrics; found a site with lyrics to that track, “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,” and “Ode to Billie Joe”; and from that thought of other early ’70s songs with rather bizarrely dramatic narrative situations, which led me first to Freda Payne’s “Band of Gold” and then to “Timothy” by the Buoys (apparently written intentionally to get banned and thereby increase sales, by the same guy who later wrote “The Pina Colada Song”).
Anyway, at this site containing comments on the lyrics to “Timothy,” an ad suggests other songs I’d like based on my presumably liking that song. The songs? “Old Man” by Neil Young, “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers, and…”The Revealing Science of God” by Yes.
Because, you know, people who like hit singles from the early ’70s are also likely to enjoy a 20-plus minute prog-rock epic.
* stands for “recommended if you’re like totally nuts”