NO

Bulldog

Decca 32996, 1972
Billboard: #44

Tied for the shortest title ever on the charts — Dodie Stevens also cut a song called "No", Stevie Wonder had a big hit with "As," the Righteous Brothers a smaller one with "He," and we won't even discuss "I (Who Have Nothing)" — this is a short-for-'72 (2:34) single with the reminder that "that's a hell of a thing to say." At the core of Bulldog were ex-Rascals Dino Danelli (drums) and Gene Cornish (guitar), who also produced their one LP (DL 75370) for Decca. The insistent piano comes from John Turi; guitarist Eric Thorngren trades riffs with Cornish, and that's Billy Hocher on bass and vocals. "No," written by Hocher/Turi, was the obvious single: it's short, it's punchy, and its lack of intro — Hocher jumps right in with the title over Turi's chords — made it difficult to ignore once it got into radio rotation. And had it gotten more airplay, it might actually have made the Top 40 nationally. There was no real follow-up — an LP called Smasher appeared on Buddah in 1974, which I haven't seen — and Bulldog split, Cornish and Danelli joining Fotomaker, and Turi and Thorngren going on to Celebration. In 1980, Thorngren produced Richard X. Heyman's single "Vacation," with Danelli on drums. Turi also surfaced again in 1980, playing keyboards and sax for Blue Angel, cowriting most of their material with then-unheralded vocalist Cyndi Lauper. As for "No," I have to side with Robert Christgau: "a great single that may never get over the top."

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Where can I get this on CD?

Never seen it on any compilations, sorry; nor is it at iTunes at this writing.


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