Saturday, May 23, 2009

Forgotten Classic Video of the Week

Not too long ago, a friend requested the video for Tony Carey's "A Fine, Fine Day," which had me totally stumped. I had no idea who Tony Carey was and the song title didn't sound familiar at all. But lo and behold, when I looked up the video on YouTube, I knew it IMMEDIATELY and remembered it being on the radio and MTV all the time.

Something I didn't know until just now is that Tony Carey was the original keyboardist for Rainbow. I thought the chorus sounded a bit "Street of Dreams"-ish, but it turns out that he had left the band long before they recorded that.

I get so excited when someone rescues a song or video that had been left for dead in one of the deep crevices in my memory banks. It's always an event because, usually, this useless pop culture info pushes out all the important stuff in my brain. I can only assume that forgetting this video helped me remember something I actually need - like my social security number or my address. So, if I don't blog for a few days, you might want to contact the police. I might be out there wandering the streets, looking for home.

Speaking of the police, I wonder how often they have witnesses sing statements to them? It probably really breaks up the monotony of their days. Maybe Cop Rock was more true to life than any of us know.

Hey, now that you're done with the classic vid, run over to Fire That Agency to see a forgotten classic commercial!!


Fancy Schmancy said...

Yep, still just as bad as it was then...

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm afraid I can't watch that video. I don't want to forget my 3 times tables or anything like that.

Anonymous said...

Here was I hoping Tony Carey was Mariah's long-lost or secret, Italian, guido half-brother from some elicit affair her father once had. Or even better, Mariah's secret deformed son. You do disappoint me.

Anonymous said...

elicit = illicit

Illiterate more like.

words...words...words... said...

I've never heard this song. Either I have a bad memory or we watched different MTVs.

Cormac Brown said...

I don't remember this and I want to say that this is on purpose. I must have been out of the country when this came out (Tony got little or no play in Italy), but I clearly recall his "First Day of Summer" song, as MTV played the video twenty times a day before I left. I always associate that song and Chicago's hilarious "Stay The Night" videos, with the summer of '84.

The other part of the Rainbow connection, the rare collaborator with Ritchie Blackmore and certainly an influence on Carey, was Russ Ballard. Even though he is only credited with Rainbow's "Since You've Been Gone" and "I Surrender," he had a huge sound influence on both artists.

LiLu said...


God, why do I have such bad taste in music?


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