Saturday, August 08, 2009

Song of the Week 8/7/09

Gary "U.S." Bonds - "This Little Girl"

I had a dream last weekend that included this song in the background. I have no idea why. I haven't thought about this song is 25 years, perhaps even more. Fortunately, it sounds better than it did in my dream. "This Little Girl" comes from one of the two Bonds albums that Bruce Springsteen had a hand in making in the early 80s. The Boss attempted to kickstart a comeback for the "Quarter to Three" singer by writing this first single from 1981's Dedication. And it worked as "This Little Girl" became Bonds' first Top 40 hit in 20 years, peaking at number-11. With its sax and guitar interplay, one could easily hear it as a Springsteen song that might have appeared on The River. (Or amongst the amazing outtakes from The River and Born in the U.S.A. eras on the Tracks box set.) Bruce really could write hits for other artists.

BONUS: Bonds tearing it up in 1989. At 1:43 you will see two of the best hairstyles ever...

And this song from 1982 seems very appropriate for today (Bruce knew how to write in the Reagan years):

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