May 30, 2012


This post is inspired by blogger, writer* and all around good egg Erin O'Brien. A few days ago, she posted a video from the band April Wine that was a moderate hit back in 1982. The song in question was called "If You See Kay", and if you say that out loud...well, go read Erin's blog post.

Got me thinking about some of the terrible, raunchy music from the early 80's. And if you read that post, you will see that I commented about a song called "I.L.B.T.'s" (link NSFW-ish) by Joe Walsh from 1983.  An acronym that stands for "I like big tits", which appealed to me when it first came out because I was 16-ish. Still appeals to me now as an older feller. What can I say? I like 'em big. Not making any excuses here.

Anywho...that song came from an album called "You Bought It, You Name It" and there were several songs that got significant airplay from it back in the day, including that one. And yes...a song that proudly stated how much the performer loved big tits had significant airplay on FM radio back in 1983. Believe it or not.

The other two songs from that album were "Space Age Whiz Kids" and "I Can Play That Rock and Roll".  Well, lemme...ugh...oh God! Just watch the videos below and prepare to have soul crushed if you remember 1983 fondly at all.

Okay...a few of things to note.

  1. I haven't heard either of these songs in about 25 years. And yet, somehow, when I first found them again on Youtube the other night, I knew them by heart. I mean every lyric and chord of both damned songs. How the fuck is that possible?
  2. Both songs are basically about the same thing. A man lamenting an older time when things were simpler and/or better. I'm guessing Joe was feeling a little out of time in 1983.
  3. How did Joe Walsh get away with "I Can Play That Rock and Roll" when Bob Seger basically wrote the same exact song 5 years earlier with "Old Time Rock and Roll"? Sure, they sound different, but the message is the same in each. Maybe they were buds, I dunno...

*Read her writing about her brother John O'Brien, author of "Leaving Las Vegas", and his writing here. It's...heartbreaking and awesome.


sybil law said...

Hahahaha! Awful! So funny. I saw Joe Walsh at a club back in... crap, I'm terrible with years. Anyway, it was a looong time ago. Some girl up front apparently flashed him, and he was like, "Those aren't big tits!", and it was funny, but imagine being that girl!
I know these songs, too. Ugh.

Verdant Earl said...

I'd be happy with any size tits if I were flashed. Thrilled, actually.

Erin O'Brien said...

Thanks for the shout, Earl.

I love that this post is tagged, "music, Tits."

Erin O'Brien said...

Okay, I just watched both vids in their entirety.

All of this early 80's stuff is so much worse than I remember it, but these two and "If You See Kay" are in a class by themselves. And what is up with that look on Walsh's face? He looks like he has a perpetual "tragedy" mask on.


Verdant Earl said...

I try to use Tits as a tag as often as possible.

I was thinking that was Walsh's constipation face, but I could be wrong. He look like a fool.