Thursday, March 29, 2007

Gunhill Road goes to 42ND STREET


This week's postings salute whores, who give value for what you pay for.

Sluts give it away for free, maybe only asking for a "nice comment" between the re-ups. In the future, all sluts will simply be known as "rapidsharers" or "megauploaders." And remember, with sluts it's all for sampling only, and all memory of the one-nighter should be deleted within 24 hours. In other words, if you liked it, next time buy it. Support the whores!

"42nd Street" is a general salute to the whores and sleaze of Times Square in 1972. The pop group Gunhill Road got their name from their Bronx location. Though they didn't get as big as Dion and the Belmonts (also named for a Bronx street),they opened for Poco and the following year, 1973 had their lone Top 40 hit with the novelty "Back When My Hair Was Short."

Their real gem is "42nd Street." It probably took the lads a half hour to go by subway from Gunhill Road to Times Square, and do what all the awkward high schoolers did...gawk at the hookers along 8th Avenue, sneak into adult book stores and peep shows, and enjoy some ski-ball and see paintings on the heads of pins at Hubert's Museum. Maybe take in some grindhouse movies. Filet of army mule was always cheap at Tad's Steakhouse.

Thanks to Rudy Giuliani and Disney, the area's ironically returned to what Times Square was back when "42nd Street" was a popular movie.

This song, with its rich harmonies and wistfully intelligent lyrics, accurately portrays the intrigue, triage-level gratification and melancholy sleaze that made Times Square a mecca for the desperate, deranged and under-age.

42nd Street instant download

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do you have any songs about Jack The Ripper? If anyone has songs about Jack The Ripper, it will be you. Please post some songs about Jack The Ripper.

Anonymous said...

Just FYI, they didn't live in the Bronx or near Gun Hill Road, they lived in Westchester County ... but they had a song called "Gun Hill Road" on their first album, and if I recall correctly, that is where they got their name.

Johnny Chicago said...

BTW, in case anyoe asks, that's porn legend Teri Weigel holding the guitar. She can actually play it, too.

Shame she went back to porn atfer semi-retiring back in 2007, but that's the way it goes.

Too bad her films never made it on 42nd Street, either.

Johnny Chicago said...

p.s. - anohter pic of her, safe for work: http://education.makemeheal.com/images/3/3c/Teri-weigel.jpg