Bellamy Brothers, Plain & Fancy (1977)
I’m having flashbacks to an imagined world of key parties in Hastings in the late 1970s. The keys would all be for tractors though…this is the sort of music that is tied to my memory from family get-togethers at shitty smorgasbord restaurants. There’d be a two-piece in the corner playing covers of Let Your Love Flow, that sort of garbage. Actually this is the Bellamy Brothers’ follow-up album, that song was their big success and this – the Plain & Fancy album (can you tell, from the cover, which one is meant to be plain and which is fancy? Trick question right) came after. It’s not very good. And I would never have bought it. It’s the type of ‘country’ music I was raised on – and told to avoid (my grandparents, on both sides, liked garbage like this – as a result both of my parents hated it). That scared/scarred me for a while and I avoided almost all country music. Until I found my way in. Found the good stuff. I just recently found this garbage in a crate of ‘chuck-out’ records that was gifted to me. It’s probably the first country music I heard. And I still think it’s rubbish.
Sample Track: You Made Me
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