Saturday 9: Listen to the Music

Saturday 9: Listen to the Music (1972)
Because Zippi requested it.

Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.

1) The lyrics say, “What the people need is a way to make them smile.” What song lifts your spirits and makes you smile every time you hear it? There are a ton, honestly.

2) Lead vocalist/composer Tom Johnston reports that he’s made a lot in royalties because so many radio stations use this as a jingle. Tell us a jingle that sticks in your head. O’Reilly Auto Parts. I hear it on the radio a lot. That and local car dealership Budd Baer.

3) The Doobie Brothers got their start in San Jose, California. San Jose is the largest city in Northern California, thanks to all the tech companies that have headquarters there. Let’s talk about the device you’re on right now: are all your applications up to date? Nope.

4) When they were still a local band, the Doobie Brothers had a strong following among bikers. Are you attracted to biker culture? No.

5) This week’s song is from Toulouse Street, which is considered their “breakthrough” album. Tell us about a moment in your own life that you consider a “breakthrough.” Realizing I deserved better and wasn’t gonna get it unless I did something about it.

6) In 1987, the Doobie Brothers did a benefit performance for Vietnam Veterans at the Hollywood Bowl. Next to the Beatles, it was the fastest-selling ticket in Hollywood Bowl history. Which group do you listen to more often — the Doobies or the Beatles? The Beatles, by far.

7) In 1972, when this song was popular, Wranglers were America’s best-selling jeans. Are you brand-loyal to one jeans manufacturer? Not necessarily, but I do have my favorite stores and generally get them there. But I don’t really feel one company’s jeans are any better or worse than another.
8) Grocery stores saw seafood prices fluctuate wildly in 1972 because of a series of confrontations between the United Kingdom and Iceland regarding fishing rights in the North Atlantic. (Iceland won.) What was the most recent seafood dish that you enjoyed? I’m a vegetarian, so I almost never eat it–I give in to shrimp every so often, typically a salad at a restaurant nearby.

9) Random question: Which of these “top ten” lists would you prefer to be on — the sexiest, the smartest or the richest? They all have their benefits, but I think smartest would be most useful.

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