One of the top five biggest hits of 1974 in the US, the Native American rock band had previously got to #2 in the UK three years earlier with The Witch Queen Of New Orleans, but failed to chart with this one. It was later sampled by Cyndi Lauper on her '94 remix Hey Now (Girls Just Want To Have Fun) and then famously used in both Guardians Of The Galaxy and as the theme for Netflix's F Is For Family.
Despite never making the top 100 here, it is certified gold for 400,000 units sold.
Post by Razzle Dazzle on Dec 10, 2020 14:27:07 GMT 1
Billy Joel - The Downeaster 'Alexa'
UK: #76 USA: #57
"The Downeaster 'Alexa'" is a song originally written, produced, and performed by Billy Joel for his eleventh studio album Storm Front. The album itself went to number one while the fourth single "The Downeaster 'Alexa'" placed at #57 in the Billboard Hot 100 and #76 in the UK but deserved much better
The song is sung in the persona of an impoverished fisherman off Long Island and the surrounding waters who, like many of his fellow fishermen, is finding it increasingly hard to make ends meet and keep ownership of his boat, a type known as a downeaster. The fisherman sings about the depletion of the fish stocks ("I know there's fish out there, but where God only knows") and the environmental regulations ("Since they told me I can't sell no stripers") which make it hard for men like him to survive, especially with the conversion of his home island into an expensive summer colony for the affluent ("There ain't no Island left for Islanders like me"). The lyrics reference locations in the Outer Lands such as Block Island Sound, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Montauk, and Gardiners Bay.