Saturday, May 21, 2016

Dickie Goodman - "Energy Crisis '74" (1974)

Dickie Goodman - "Energy Crisis '74" (Billboard #33, entered 2/2/74). Written by Dickie Goodman. Produced by Dickie Goodman and Phil Kahl. 45: "Energy Crisis '74"/"Ruthie's Theme" (Rainy Wednesday 1974). LP: Mr. Jaws and Other Fables by Dickie Goodman (Rainy Wednesday 1974).

This Top 40 hit perhaps took the edge off of radio listeners waiting in the early seventies' notoriously long gas lines, a direct effect of the Arab oil embargo. Helen Reddy's recurring "Leave Me Alone" voiced the precise response cynical Americans expected to hear from higher ups regarding the crisis. Side B is more horn-rock filler music, as with "Watergrate." Goodman's son John explains in his memoir The King of Novelty (2000) that "Ruthie" was the name of Goodman's mistress, which was perhaps a good reason for its public domain writing credit.

The samples: "Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)" (Helen Reddy), "Smokin' in the Boys' Room" (Brownsville Station), "Livin' for the City" (Stevie Wonder), "Helen Wheels" (Paul McCartney and Wings), "Mind Games" (John Lennon), "The Joker" (Steve Miller Band), "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" (Elton John), "Hello It's Me" (Todd Rundgren), "You're Sixteen" (Ringo Starr), "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" (Charlie Rich), "Top of the World" (The Carpenters).

Dickie Goodman - "Energy Crisis '74"

See also: Early '70s Break-In Records on the Charts

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