Music. Songs. Certain songs. You know them, the ones that make you remember a specific place and a time from the past when you hear them. Every time you hear the song, you remember the same event, the same moment in time. The music brings back the very memory.

There are several songs out there that instantly put me shotgun in the Delorean for that ride back in time.

What is it about the wonder of music? One time you hear a song, you switch the station. Same song, different time, you crank it to ten, eleven maybe if you need “that extra push over the cliff.” (1)

Federal government are you there for me to fund a 250K study of why this happens? It’s a bargain at 75K under ‘robo-squirrel’ project. (2)

It was once illegal to hit the radio button when “Stairway to Heaven” played. Since then they have relaxed the laws so that it is only a rock and roll misdemeanor provided you don’t listen to a Kanye West song for more than 2 seconds after switching. Listen longer, it’s a felony  And that’s a bad rap to get.

Today’s featured song is “All Right Now” by a band called Free. Released in 1970, it’s in the top three of all-time, one-hit wonder songs, (number one on many lists.)

It IS Free’s greatest hit. Don’t believe me, name another song that’s better by Free. Don’t agree on the one-hit wonder accolade, give me a better option.

First chord, first drum beat, first vocal hits with a BANG. Charged with lyrics of sexual innuendo, a rhythmic bass and pounding drums it keeps your toes tapping and imagination flowing.

Timely vocal inserts abound. “Oh whoa whoa”, “Hey”, “Huh” , “Let me tell you all about it”, “Yeah”.

The place and the time association for this one for me is a College Rec Room with pool tables, pinball machines and a Juke Box. (3)

Pool cues tapped the floor in time to the drum beat. Guys in flannel shirts who couldn’t sing, sang. Girls in short skirts who couldn’t dance, danced. The Rec Room rocked. First chord and I’m transported in time.

Maybe you have one, one of those songs that magically moves you to a memorable moment in time. Maybe.

1- Nigel Tufnel “This is Spinal Tap”
2- Type Robo Squirrel on your favorite search engine.
3- In the 70’s, a juke box was a machine that played 45 rpm records. You dropped in a quarter and got 3 songs. Not totally unlike downloading a song now, you just couldn’t keep them forever and had to live it the moment

Trivia: Lead singer for Free, Paul Rodgers would later be the lead singer for Bad Company.

Other One Hit Wonder Nominees:
Big Country. In a Big Country
Shocking Blue. Venus
Wildfire. Michael-Martin-Murphey
Soft Cell. Tainted Love
Looking Glass. Brandi You’re a Fine Girl