Saturday, December 31, 2011
50K and Clearing
On the last day of the year, my blog viewership cleared the 50,000 mark. To celebrate, let's have a year-end musical closer that's divisible by five.
Let's see now. We've already done "Five O'Clock World," by the Vogues (1965), as well as "500 Miles Away From Home," by Bobby Bare (1963). I could do "Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover," by Paul Simon (1975), but that doesn't really fit a celebratory mood. (Or maybe it does . . .)
Actually, there are many songs with the number five (or a variation thereof) in the title, but I've chosen what I think is a fairly good pop song that's representative of the bunch.
Here is the Scottish band the Proclaimers with the group's hit song (and music video), "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," which was included on the album, Sunshine on Leith (1988), but which was subsequently released as a smash single in the UK (1989) (#11) and Australia (1989) (#1) and the USA (1993) (#3), with their highest chart position indicated in parentheses. The song appeared on the soundtrack to the movie Benny & Joon (1993), which explains its American single release tie-in. The two lead singers are identical twins.