Have A Slice Of This Soft “Bread!”
Have you listened to any really bad music lately? Well, I can fix that!
Meet “Bread” – a “soft rock” band from Los Angeles, California.
“Bread” had 13 hit songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart between 1970 and 1977 and were, as wikipedia correctly notes, “an example of what later was labeled as ‘soft rock’.”
YES! 13 HIT SINGLES!
Need a sample? Well, here their #1 single “Make It With You” as performed in 1977 on The Midnight Special:
“Soft Rock” Indeed!
According to wikipedia, here is the band’s lineup:
The band consisted of David Gates (vocals, bass guitar, guitar, keyboards, violin, viola, percussion), Jimmy Griffin (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion) and Robb Royer (bass guitar, guitar, flute, keyboards, percussion, recorder, backing vocals). Mike Botts became their permanent drummer when he joined in the summer of 1969, and Larry Knechtel replaced Royer in 1971, playing keyboards, bass guitar, guitar, and harmonica.
So why I am I giving these guys a hard time? They had thirteen hit singles – why am I picking on them?
Well…how about this?
“Baby, I’m A Want You”
Baby, I’m A WHAT?!?!?!?
Yes, take a moment to say the name…say is slowly…now say it again.
“BABY, I’M A WANT YOU.”
Not only is this the WORST name for a song of all time, it was a big hit single in 1972! Not only that, the album had the same title – they not only released a song with this name, but they embraced it!
The song was written by Bread’s lead singer David Gates – note the music sheet and the instruction at the upper left:
Well that’s unsettling.
Gates had a very distinctive voice singing some VERY wacky lyrics:
“Baby I’m-a want you
Baby I’m-a need you
You’re the only one I care enough to hurt about
Maybe I’m-a crazy
But I just can’t live without
your lovin’ and affection
Givin’ me direction
Like a guiding light to help me through a darkest hour
Lately I’m a-prayin’
That you’ll always be a-stayin’ beside me”
Time to let you hear this song and decide for yourself!
Click and enjoy!
The album actually reached #3 on the Billboard chart in 1972, and the title cut also went to #3 on the Billboard Top 100, along with the other hits “Everything I Own” which went to #5, and “Diary” which was also top twenty.
This album was a smash hit!
OK, it may be the worst song of all time, by a band that for those who think Coldplay is too hard-edged…now, it really is the title that makes me shake my head, but that alone doesn’t make a song bad – here’s another song with a wacky title…
“Strawberry Letter 23”!
Yes, The Brothers Johnson had a big hit with this wacky song as well! The difference is, this song is amazing – and it was produced by Quincy Jones! See the whole story of the classic duo The Brothers Johnson here:
And then, what if you have a great song like Steely Dan’s “Reelin’ In The Years” – but it’s the worst PERFORMANCE OF ALL TIME?
That’s where The Osmond come in! Click here to see them butcher the Steely Dan classic!
Now, let’s end on a much higher musical note:
Is Pete Twonsend’s Who anthem “Won’t Get Fooled Again” the greatest rock song of all time?
Here are the three contenders for that title!
Let me know what you think of Bread’s music!