The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

5 March 2003

Don't you give me no dirty looks

Way back in 1980, Vince Vance and the Valiants put out a single that resonated with a lot of us: they reworked Fred Fassert's doo-wop ditty "Barbara Ann", previously a hit for the Regents and later for the Beach Boys (with Hal and his famous ashtray), into the impossible-to-misinterpret "Bomb Iran". I still have the 45, on Paid Records #109.

It was of course inevitable that with the return of unrest to the Middle East (what, was there ever actually rest there?), Vince Vance too would return, and Sparkey's heard the new single, which is of course called "Bomb Iraq". And what's more, he's provided a link to download it in MP3 format if you want it. Which you do.

Posted at 8:43 PM to Tongue and Groove


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A little trivia about the tune "Bomb Iran"

In 1979 during the Iranian hostage crisis, my brother Richard (then playing with a group called "Lic" out of Houston, Tx.), along with one of his bandmates, wrote the song "Bomb Iran" which they played regularly during their shows (pyrotechnics in front with an American flag as a backdrop- pretty cool). When they decided to release the song as a 45, they approached Mr. Fassert about using his melody. He declined, citing his Iranian heritage. Who could blame him?

When Richard left "Lic" to join "Vince Vance" in 1980, he discussed the song with Andy Stone, the founding member of V.V. and they decided to go along with the publication of the song. I'm not sure what Mr. Fassert had to say (his name did appear under the title of the song as its author) but I don't recall any legal action being taken.

Posted by: Randall Heath at 9:54 PM on 22 December 2003

A little trivia about the tune "Bomb Iran"

In 1979 during the Iranian hostage crisis, my brother Richard (then playing with a group called "Lic" out of Houston, Tx.), along with one of his bandmates, wrote the song "Bomb Iran" which they played regularly during their shows (pyrotechnics in front with an American flag as a backdrop- pretty cool). When they decided to release the song as a 45, they approached Mr. Fassert about using his melody. He declined, citing his Iranian heritage. Who could blame him?

When Richard left "Lic" to join "Vince Vance" in 1980, he discussed the song with Andy Stone, the founding member of V.V. and they decided to go along with the publication of the song. I'm not sure what Mr. Fassert had to say (his name did appear under the title of the song as its author) but I don't recall any legal action being taken.

Posted by: Randall Heath at 9:56 PM on 22 December 2003

Sorry. Didn't mean to double post.

Posted by: Randall Heath at 9:58 PM on 22 December 2003