My wife and I have been on a Rockford Files kick of late. We’ve been watching the show on Netflix from the first episode forward. We’re still in Season 1, but man is that show even better than I remembered it.
My wife’s always been a Rockford Girl. She thinks James Garner is the most handsome man ever on a TV series. I used to dig the show as a kid, digging Rockford’s hair, erect shirt collars, and general sense of Mandom, but I didn’t dig him that way. Until this recent kick, however, I couldn’t remember much about the show other than the theme song and his cool car. I thought one of those Cagney and Lacy women costarred with him, but I was confusing it with Rock Hudson‘s ’70s PI show, McMillan and Wife. He wasn’t as hot as His hair hair wasn’t as good as Rockford’s. Speaking of the theme song, does any TV theme song better encapsulate its main character than Mike Post’s classic, which perfectly captures the sound of Rockford’s renegade cowboy of a 1970s PI?
But this isn’t the reason I bring up Jim Rockford’s and his never-changing rate for his detective services. I’d like to engage in a discussion of the local music rockonomy as you have experienced it.
In this week’s pre-recorded edition of Saturday Night Shut-In your host, Mr. Moderator, reveals the manliest backing vocals in the history of rock ‘n roll. Then he provides an additional 50% of rocking free of charge while he relaxes with friends and family along the coast of Maine.[audio:https://www.rocktownhall.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/RTH-Saturday-Night-Shut-In-41.mp3|titles=RTH Saturday Night Shut-In, episode 41]
[Note: The Rock Town Hall feed will enable you to easily download Saturday Night Shut-In episodes to your digital music player. In fact, you can even set your iTunes to search for an automatic download of each week’s podcast.]
Yes, there’s one correct answer—unless you come up with an answer better than the one E. Pluribus Gergely and I discussed last night. See if you can identify the manliest backing vocal in the history of rock ‘n roll!
First to answer correctly wins a bottle of Mandom.*
*EPG and members of Nixon’s Head are not eligible for this contest.
As we’ve contemplated Rock Town Hall’s MVJRP, some of you may have recalled our examination of the series of legendary Japanase tv ads starring Charles Bronson for the deodorant/talcum powder/sex aid Mandom. Well, at least that’s where my mind wandered. An extensive YouTube search for further Mandom ads turned up this most-shocking find, a hit song (in Japan) centered around the concept of Mandom. Check it out…after the jump!
Why bring back the following series of clips? To ensure we never forget the true essence of Mandom. That’s why.
This post initially appeared 4/30/07.
This pretty much sums up my life. Maybe your’s too. Mad props to would-be Townsman Jay for pointing this out.