Bouncing In Sync…

You know, I don’t remember very much about the school I attended for the 10th grade. I know I didn’t like it very much, and the equal walking distance from my house to school and the public library played a big role in my choice to spend most of my days at the latter rather than the former. I also remember that my poor attendance is what got me branded as an “at risk” student. ultimately making me eligible for working part-time, in the evenings, at that same school, helping out the janitorial staff.

And what I remember most about that part-time job isn’t the work at all, but rather the extended “breaks” we’d all take playing basketball in the gym. Which, I think, is the reason behind the odd “mental association” I have with that school and the three classic songs below. Whenever I think of any one of the four, memories of the other three just pop up, automatically…

The Guess Who – “Heartbroken Bopper”

Night school strutter just struttin’ around
Can’t find work since the band left town
Can’t get up cause he can’t get down

He’s a heartbroken bopper

Honor roll student graduation day
Summa cum laude is a big okay
Car wash king is havin’ beans today

He’s a heartbroken bopper

Rise from the gutters, there’s too much has gone to waste
Rise with the others, there’s too much is done in haste

He’s a heartbroken bopper

Lyrics via AZLyrics.com

The Who – “Join Together”

When you hear this sound a-comin’,
Hear the drummers drumming,
I want you to join together with the band,
We don’t move in any ‘ticular direction,
And we don’t make no collections,
I want you to join together with the band.

Do you really think I care,
What you read or what you wear,
I want you to join together with the band,
There’s a million ways to laugh,
And every one’s a path,
Come on and join together with the band.

Everybody join together, I want you to join together,
Come on and join together with the band,
We need you to join together, come on and join together,
Come on and join together with the band.

You don’t have to play,
You can follow or lead the way,
I want you to join together with the band,
We don’t know where we’re going,
But the season’s right for knowing,
I want you to join together with the band.

It’s the singer not the song,
That makes the music move along,
I want you to join together with the band,
This is the biggest band you’ll find,
It’s as deep as it is wide,
Come on and join together with the band,
Hey hey hey hey hey hey, well everybody come on.

Come on and join, join together with the band,
We need you to join together, everybody come on,
Hey hey hey, join together with the band.

Lyrics via LyricsFreak

The Spinners – “The Rubberband Man”

Hand me down my walkin’ cane, hand me down my hat
Hurry now and don’t be late ’cause we ain’t got time to chat
You and me, we’re goin’ out to catch the latest sounds
Guaranteed to blow your mind so high, you won’t come down, no

Hey, you all prepare yourself for the Rubberband Man
You’ve never heard a sound like the Rubberband Man
You’re bound to lose control when the Rubberband starts to jam

Oh Lord, this dude is outta sight
Everything he does seems to come out right

Once I went to hear them play at a club outside of town
I was so surprised, I was hypnotized by the sound this cats put down
When I saw this short fat guy stretch a band between his toes
Hey, I laughed so hard ’cause the man got down
When he finally reached his goal

Hey, you all prepare yourself for the Rubberband Man
You’ve never heard a sound like the Rubberband Man
You’re bound to lose control when the Rubberband starts to jam

Got that rubber band up on his toes
And then he wriggled it up all around his nose

Guaranteed to blow your mind
Playin’ all that music yet keepin’ time
Where in the world did he learn that, oh Lord
Oh, help him get away

Hey, y’all prepare yourself for the Rubberband Man
You’ve never heard a sound like the Rubberband Man
You’re bound to lose control when the Rubberband starts to jam

Rubberband Man, Rubberband Man
How much of this stuff do he think we can stand?
So much rhythm, grace and debonair for one man, Lord
And then he had the nerve to wiggle his left toe
To his knee got the feelin’ in his head, y’all, ah, come on, baby

Hey, you all prepare yourself for the Rubberband Man
You’ve never heard a sound like the Rubberband Man
You’re bound to lose control when the Rubberband starts to jam

Rubberband Man starts to jam
Movin’ up and down across the land
Got people all in his ways
Everything about him seems outta place

Just move it, just move it, just move, move, move it, just
Rubberband, Rubberband Man
Just move it, just move it, just move, move, move it, just
Rubberband, Rubberband Man
Get down, oh, get down, lover

Lyrics via AZLyrics.com

The weird thing is that I attended that school in 1972, the year the first two songs were released, but the song representing the strongest part of the “association,” “The Rubberband Man,” didn’t come out until 1976 – a full four years later. Hell, not only was high school a fading memory, but I was married, had done my time in the Air Force, and was out trying plot a course for the rest of my life by then!

Go figure..

I want ice water.

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8 thoughts on “Bouncing In Sync…

  1. Hadnt heard that last one, nice one. I got welcome to the jungle w GNR and my mind goes straight back to one of my greatest summers and a big grin of joy comes to my face. ..

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  2. You and I are about the same age, I would have graduated in ’75 had I graduated with my peer group. Music always defines us, always defines points in time. I remember all of those! Not sure why the Spinners got mixed in there, with that song for you, they had a couple of hits in the late 60’s and early 70’s.

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    • Thanks Valentine. The Spinners had several really good ones back in the day. I’ve been wanting to post some of them, but didn’t think anyone would recognize them or the songs! 😀

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