A Surprise To The Speakers: Box Tops

15 Dec

I’m not feeling it yet, the groove of the Nativity Scene just hasn’t permeated through. So, a quick hit from the Box Tops.

Primo listening here for the uninitiated masses and for an unknown reason, this is the song I most associate them with and not ‘The Letter‘. Go figure. Maybe someone else can write a comment about how high this charted (was it even a Top 40 hit?) but as usual, I didn’t notice. All I’ve ever cared about is the feel of a song – you might be one of those that go crazy with one of my mixed CD’s on a road trip.

If I remember correctly, this was a song which someone much older than me played on a stereo when I was just a kid – and even then it was old. I might be right in assuming that the lyrics are celebrating ‘ladies of the night’ but no matter the hidden theme, the lazy Sunday afternoon around the bandstand Souza style horns and muted drums that sound as though they’re made out of oatmeal tins will lift you up and have you singing the chorus. And probably have you playing it for a second time listen.

Tell the socialites to look the other way
It’s instinctive simulation you convey
It’s a necessary function for those without compunction
Who get tired of vanilla every day

Pretty convincing lyrics to me at least.

Box Tops: Sweet Cream Ladies

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2 Responses to “A Surprise To The Speakers: Box Tops”

  1. jb 12/16/2010 at 1:01 PM #

    Cool tune. Whitburn shows it reaching #28 in Billboard in February 1969. Hit the Top 10 in Seattle, Columbus, Kansas City, Birmingham, Spokane, Hartford, Edmonton, Los Angeles, San Diego, Indianapolis, and here in Madison. Hit #1 in Winnipeg.

    • Got The Fever 12/16/2010 at 8:21 PM #

      Geez – I was kinda hoping you might browse over here jb because if anyone knew the stats, it would be you. Thanks for filling in the blanks sir. Glaad to see that you enjoy the track as well.

      Here’s to a very Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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