Listen – The Choir – It’s Cold Outside – MP3
I hope everyone had a fine weekend.
I’ve been a busy little blogger, digi-ma-tizing and stockpiling vinyl for at least four new Iron Leg Digital Trip Podcasts.
The track I bring you today is one that I discovered in a typically half-assed way.
Back in the day, when my mates and I were digging the Chesterfield Kings, as the trucked into NYC from the Rochester hinterlands to put on some of the ass-kickingest live shows of the 80s, the bands first LP ‘Here Are the Chesterfield Kings’ was in heavy rotation.
One of the tunes on that album was a cover of a tune by someone named Dan Klawson called ‘I’m Going Home’. It was a Stones-y number (which might describe a good thirty percent of all 60s garage punk originals) and at the time, before the dawning of the great maw now known as the interwebs, that’s all we knew.
A few years on someone – I don’t recall who, hepped me to the fact that the tune was a cover of an original by a Cleveland, Ohio band called the Choir. Not long after that, providence being what it is I happened upon a nice, clean copy of the 45 for about a ten spot, and gave it a good home. I got the 45 home (this was also pre-portable), flipped it over and realized that I’d picked up what we record nerds refer to as a two-sider. The flip (actually the A side) was a fantastic pop tune called ‘It’s Cold Outside’.
So…I whip the tunes onto a mix tape, which I happen to be playing at work one night when one of the editors comes over and is all
“Wow! The Choir! I love that song.”
‘What song?” says I.
“It’s Cold Outside.”
“Huh?” says I.
It turns out that the editor grew up in Cleveland, where ‘It’s Cold Outside’ was a HUGE hit in 1967, and has been a fixture on local oldies radio ever since then.
“Far out!” says I.
As the years went on, I found out that some of the cats in the Choir (Dave Smalley – who sang the tune – Wally Bryson and Jim Bonfanti) went on some years later to help for a little band known as the Raspberries, who just happened to be one of the great power pop bands of all time.
It’s not hard to hear the roots of that sound in ‘It’s Cold Outside’. There’s enough pop here for the teenyboppers to cream their jeans, and enough of an edge to keep their boyfriends from losing their minds. That chorus is a killer.
I’ll have to digi-ma-tize that B-side some day, as it is also quite groovy.
I hope you dig the tune.