Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Number 553 - Terry Jacks

Number 553
Terry Jacks

"Seasons In The Sun"

art by norek
Three songs use to irk me at school. Really bad. One was Beach Boy's "Sloop John B", there was also Terry Jacks "Seasons in the Sun" & not forgetting John Denver's "Country Roads". It felt like everyday, we had to sing these songs at school assembly. I tell you, if America needs to find a new way of torture, this is it. I would blabber in a minute if i ever had to hear again in my life, especially, "Sloop John B". I would part with all my information on W*M*D (Weapons of Mass Destwuction), even to the point of what American company sold them to me.
So why Terry Jacks? Why is he in the charts? You say. Well, it was one of the few songs at school that was sung the least, also it was the hardest to sing, but most of all, i have forgiven Terry Jacks. Gracious you might say, and who i am i to stand in the way of graciousness? But, i have learnt to like the song again without cringing every 5 seconds listening to it.
"Tie a Yellow Ribbon" by the evil Tony & Dawn deserve a mention as well. Truly hideous.

It's been a long time since "Seasons in the Sun" became a monster hit for Canadian Terry Jacks, but the syrupy 1974 single is still top dog among all best-sellers issued by Canadian acts. The release spent more than three months on the U.S. charts and more than four months on the charts in Jacks' native country. Its accumulated sales topped more than 11 million copies. Jacks, who moved on to producing for artists such as the Beach Boys, Nana Mouskouri, DOA, and Chilliwack, reaped the good life from the monster hit's royalties, which he acknowledged by naming his power boat Seasons in the Sun. Royalties also spill in from "Which Way You Goin' Billy?" He and former wife Susan Pesklevits recorded the song under the name the Poppy Family in 1969. The release hit number two in the U.S. and topped the Canadian charts, raking in four Juno Awards and selling more than two million copies.

Power boats and hit singles aside, life hasn't all been smooth sailing for Jacks. His marriage to Pesklevits dissolved in 1973. A second marriage produced a daughter, Holly, and later charges of spousal abuse. According to Canada's CNEWS, when officers in Sechelt, British Columbia, arrived at Jacks' home in 2001, they leveled a charge of improperly storing a firearm against him in addition to the abuse charge, although the rifle was not related to the alleged assault. As a youth, Jacks resisted family pressures to turn him into an architect. Favoring music instead, he joined the Vancouver-based Chessmen, playing guitar and providing vocals on a pair of singles released by London Records and on two more released by Mercury Records during the mid-'60s. Jacks met his first wife through the Chessmen's appearance on Music Hop, a Canadian television program. Eventually the pair formed the Poppy Family after recruiting guitarist Craig McCaw and Satwant Singh, who played the tabla.
A major concern for the musician is environmental pollution, and he has transformed himself into something of a major obstacle for large-scale pulp and logging companies that are suspected of noncompliance with Canadian pollution laws. To that end, he established an organization called Environmental Watch. ~ [Linda Seida, All Music Guide]
For Beach Boys see Number 714, 641, 576 & 560
For John Denver see Number 593
Rolling Stone had nothing to say about Terry Jacks other than he was "noted" in their (wait for it) .. The 20 Most Annoying Songs but just lucked out in the top 20
Can i have the envelope please .........
(Red txt means not charted yet/ever.Orange=Def 1000.Blue=MM Vol 1)
Number 1 Annoying Song: Black Eyed Peas, “My Humps”
Number 2 Annoying Song: Los Del Rio, “Macarena”
Number 3 Annoying Song: Baha Men, “Who Let The Dogs Out”
Number 4 Annoying Song: Celine Dion, “My Heart Will Go On
Number 5 Annoying Song: Nickelback, “Photograph”
Number 6 Annoying Song: Lou Bega, “Mambo No. 5″
Number 7 Annoying Song: James Blunt, “You’re Beautiful”
Number 8 Annoying Song: Spice Girls, “Wannabe”
Number 9 Annoying Song: Sisqo, “The Thong Song”
Number 10 Annoying Song: Cher, “Believe
Number 11 Annoying Song: Aqua, “Barbie Girl”
Number 12 Annoying Song: Chumbawumba, “Tub Thumper”
Number 13 Annoying Song: Rednex, “Cotton-Eyed Joe”
Number 14 Annoying Song: Eiffel 65, “Blue”
Number 15 Annoying Song: Crash Test Dummies, “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm”
Number 16 Annoying Song: Meatloaf, “I Would Do Anything For Love
Number 17 Annoying Song: ‘NSYNC, “Bye, Bye, Bye”
Number 18 Annoying Song: Ricky Martin, “Livin’ La Vida Loca”
Number 19 Annoying Song: Semisonic, “Closing Time”
Number 20 Annoying Song: Wham!, “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”
* Where was the 3 songs above i mentioned? Also where was Britney Spears and the damn Frog????? ~ crowbarred
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Oh God please) the Album ranked at Number (Your killing us)
This song has a crowbarred rating of 73.6 out of 108
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Blogger PerilousPierre said...

I remember loving this song when it first came out and not being prepared to give house space to the Bay City Rollers whereas now it is the other way round. But then I am the moron who bought Max Bygraves's The Bells of Avignon as my first ever record - and my views about that have not changed since puberty!

8:49 pm  
Blogger crowbarred said...

And why should they? ! trust me Pierre it took a lot of guts submitting this song, oh the torture ... nnngggghhh. Hey um out of interest.... do you still have the Max Bygraves album? Would you believe i even know who your talking about? Man im getting old

10:18 pm  
Blogger PerilousPierre said...

The Max Bygraves record was, would you believe, a HIT single! Sadly (?) it disappeared around 40 years ago (about the time I first got laid). Pity because it might have proved my theory about antiques - that the ugliest ones are the most valuable because so many people throw them away, making them rare and hence valuable. To my great relief I never bought another Max Bygraves record again although he became hugely popular with the survivors of 2 world wars for his singalongamax series which went on forever. He is still alive (aged 85) and rumour has it lives in Oz. His most well known song was the toothbrush song "I'm a blue toothbrush, you're a pink toothbrush" which I nearly bought and, of course, the sentimental "You need hands".
I take it he didn't make your top 1000?

12:29 am  
Blogger crowbarred said...

Er no, it just missed... honest! The one that use to drive me bonkers (beside the frog song) was the David Bowie one about a garden gnome(?) ....... that was a dreadful piece of music!

8:56 pm  

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