Yep. You've got the drill.
Yeah, Drip's Drill.
Okay, enough of the inside family humor. Let's move on. One of the things that became pretty evident in 1976 was that disco was coming to the forefront. This song was a big hit in the late spring of 1976 and featured one of the greatest Motown artists, now in full Vegas mode. It's Diana Ross, mentioning that she has a:
Lots of images from 1976 in that one, Maria. What do you think?
Well, the commercials are much better than the $5 footlong and the Filet-O-Fish commercials that I have to put up with now! And, oh yeah, the song's pretty cool, too. Pure disco. So Dad, did you get to sail in one of those tall ships?
No, if I was in a boat in 1976 it was probably a rowboat at camp.
Too bad, Dad! Those look pretty cool. Let's hope that people didn't litter on those big ships!
Far as I know, that didn't happen. Anyway, the next song was another discoish thing from the spring. Check out the enormous Afros on these dudes. It's the Sylvers, with
Dad, that's some really big hair! I guess they didn't have reasonable barbers back then!
Well Maria, I think they wore their hair that way on purpose.
Why? To make a bad impression? Or did they want to get it stuck in an elevator? You could fit a family of seven in the lead singer's hair!
I don't know, Maria. I've never quite been able to figure that one out. Anyway, we'll move on to something a little different. The next song was a big number one hit for a more traditional vocal group called the Manhattans. Here they are, in all their melodramatic glory, rocking the wide-lapeled white jump suits and patiently, lovingly explaining that it was time to
Dad, the song is nice, but what's the deal with the jumpsuits? And why did they keep showing us their butts?
Maybe they thought we'd be interested in their butts?
If they think that we are, then they're psychos! Because they are who we thought they were!
Nice Denny Green reference, Maria! Glad you took the high road! But let's move on. Next is one of the last big hits of the first part of Elton John's career. This time he brought along a friend. Here they are in all their sartorially-challenged splendor, Sir Elton and his pal Kiki Dee, admonishing each other
Dad, that Kiki Dee might be the worst dancer I've ever seen. And I think they got the lyrics wrong, too!
What do you mean, Maria?
I think it should go "whoo whoo, nobody told us and nobody showed us how to dress!" Dad, it looks like Elton John's glasses must weigh about 20 pounds. Those must have hurt his face, don't you think?
It probably hurts more for Elton to watch that video now, Maria. But let's move on.
Yes. Please! Let's move on! What's left, Dad?
Well, here's something totally different, also from the spring of 1976. This one got all the way to number one and didn't seem to have any dance beat at all. It's the Bellamy Brothers, with their twin acoustic guitars and one very impressive mustache, suggesting that we'd better