Yummier than thou

From the Department of Rhetorical Questions:

Do you know why people still listen to and care about Bach, Mozart or Beethoven and no longer give much of [a] crap about the Ohio Express, Wishbone Ash or Pacific Gas & Electric? Because the first three wrote for the ages and the last three got into music to pull the birds, as the British put it.

Of course, none of those bands was anywhere nearly as prolific, and one of them, for quite a while, existed in name only. This was Ohio Express, which may or may not have been the Rare Breed, who issued a single called “Beg, Borrow and Steal,” which was also issued as an Ohio Express single.

None of these guys, however, had anything to do with the lascivious-teen specials sung by Joey Levine, starting with this one:

When Levine moved on to Other Things, various aggregations of individuals were recorded as Ohio Express, including (yes!) 10cc. The current band actually is based on the pre-Levine original, which proves — something, I suppose.

4 comments

  1. Francis W. Porretto »

    24 April 2013 · 4:25 am

    Ohio Express? Well, all right. Musicologists of the 23rd century won’t have much to say about them. But the 1910 Fruit Gum Co., the Archies, and the Pipkin…they’re a whole different story!

    (tee hee)

  2. CGHill »

    24 April 2013 · 7:03 am

    Not that different, in the case of 1910 Fruitgum.

  3. Don »

    24 April 2013 · 9:44 am

    By an odd coincidence, I’m playing an hour of Wishbone Ash on my internet broadcast tomorrow night.

  4. nightfly »

    26 April 2013 · 3:08 pm

    10cc did the soundtrack to Animalympics. There are some quite entertaining tunes in the collection.

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