Saturday Single No. 467

Forty years ago this week, as I was spending my final quarter of college before my internship leaning about film-making, documentary film, marketing and the governments of Eastern Europe and the U.S.S.R, this was the Top Ten in the Billboard Hot 100:

“Bad Blood” by Neil Sedaka
“Calypso/I’m Sorry” by John Denver
“Miracles” by Jefferson Starship
“Lyin’ Eyes” by the Eagles
“Ballroom Blitz” by the Sweet
“Dance With Me” by Orleans
“Feelings” by Morris Albert
“Ain’t No Way To Treat A Lady” by Helen Reddy
“They Just Can’t Stop It The (Games People Play)” by the Spinners
“Who Loves You” by the Four Seasons

The only one of those I truly detested then (and still dislike now) is “Ballroom Blitz.” “Feelings” then and likely now falls into the annoyance category (though it’s been so long since I heard it that I have no idea how I’d react to it). The rest would be a very good stretch of listening, headlined by two of my all-time favorites, “Dance With Me” and “Miracles.”

And all of them except “Ballroom Blitz” were regular listening on the jukebox as I spent most of my free time at The Table in St. Cloud State’s Atwood Center. (At least until the end of October, when I met the young woman who would one day become the Other Half.)

But what was on the other end of the Hot 100, buried deep in the Bubbling Under section? Well, on the very bottom during that week forty years ago was “(If You Want It) Do It Yourself” by Gloria Gaynor, which I do not recall from then and find less than interesting now. But just one step up, at No. 109, we find the Mystic Moods, once named the Mystic Moods Orchestra.

As I’ve noted before, quoting All Music Guide, the Mystic Moods Orchestra, was “[o]ne of the choice audio aphrodisiacs of the ’60s and ’70s,” mixing “orchestral pop, environmental sounds, and pioneering recording techniques into a unique musical phenomenon.”

By the mid-1970s, the group had dropped the word “orchestra” from its name and had adapted funk into its easy listening format. That adaptation may have occurred earlier, but it certainly took place by 1974, when the group released the album Erogenous. And on that album was “Honey Trippin’,” the single I found sitting one spot removed from the bottom of the Bubbling Under section forty years ago this week, in October 1975.

Listening to it is a little like listening to, oh, I dunno. It’s almost funky but not quite, you know, so maybe call it Funky Lite. Whatever you call it, “Honey Trippin’” by the Mystic Moods is this week’s Saturday Single.


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