‘And She Stepped In Front Of Me . . .’

I was digging around in the Billboard Hot 100 from September 13, 1975, thirty-six years ago today, pondering some chart digging. I’ve decided to leave that for another day, as I’m moving a little gingerly today. But I wanted to post something, and after looking at the Top Ten from this week in 1975 and then doing a minor bit of looking at YouTube, I know what that is.

“Run Joey Run” by David Geddes was a teen melodrama on record, with Joey’s girl warning Joey not to come over: Dad is mad as hell about something to do with Joey – the listener is left to imagine what it was that Joey did – and Dad he has a gun. So where does Joey go? Of course.

I thought it was goofy then and I think it’s goofy now, but then, I was twenty-two in 1975 and I’m appreciably older than that now, so neither then nor now have I been among the target market for teen melodrama. Plenty of listeners liked it; it went to No. 4. During this week in 1975, “Run Joey Run” was at No. 9, up from No. 19 the week before.

Geddes, who hailed from Ann Arbor, Michigan, had one other hit: “The Last Game Of The Season (The Blind Man In The Bleachers)” was another bit of vinyl melodrama that peaked at No. 18 during the last two weeks of 1975.

I’ll be back Thursday.


2 Responses to “‘And She Stepped In Front Of Me . . .’”

  1. Yah Shure says:

    Yow! The last thing I was expecting after Mason Proffit’s “Hope” and its heartfelt 9-11 significance was a head-on collision with “we’re gonna get…marr……ied….. (cue the angelic choir.)

    I actually programmed “Run Joey Run” at my college station, and – before you ask – no, I wasn’t completely insane. It was dayparted for the “Hot Rock” afternoon shift, to appease the staff’s top-40-screamer wannabes who wanted to play exactly what Rob Sherwood was spinning over at U100. Horrible as this one is, I’ll still take it any day over the eternally dreadful “Once You Understand.”

  2. Chris S. says:

    Just a quick note about the video…if Dad has a gun, Joey should probably run a little faster than that.

    I love Paul Grein’s review that says it’s one of the songs you put on at your party around 3 in the morning to drive out the last stragglers.

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