Songs by determined suitors

I may have mentioned this lately, but I love watching old music videos. For example, consider Lou Christie’s 1969 hit song, “I’m Gonna Make You Mine”. It turns out that there are two old black-and-white videos for this song. The first features Christie in a junk yard:

In the second, Christie is at poolside, showing off considerable chest hair:

The question now becomes: who is that way off to the left?

This is a fun song, but I can’t help but think that its hero protagonist was a bit, um, determined. I can only hope that the object of his affections was receptive, and was not reacting as described in No Doubt’s “Spiderwebs”:

I tried to think of some other songs that feature over-determined suitors. Blondie’s “One Way Or Another” is one:

A fun Deborah Harry fact: before becoming the face of Blondie, she was a backing singer for a folk band named The Wind In The Willows. Apparently, their second, unreleased, album is now completely lost. I’ll bet that people looked rather hard for it once she became famous.

A random search turned up a Pete Townshend song called “Gonna Get Ya”, from 1980:

I didn’t listen to much of this, but I notice that the cover photo makes it appear as if Townshend’s head is surrounded by a Giant Nimbus Of Fire, or a flaming bracelet, or something.

This all reminds me of a song with a slightly different theme: the Angels’ “Wow Wow Wee (He’s The Boy For Me)”, from 1964, in which our heroine plays hard to get in order to win over a boy:

It’s been over fifty years now: I hope that they’re still happy.

By the way, Lou Christie should not be confused with Christie, a British band who topped the UK charts in 1970 with “Yellow River”.

I love this video because of the expression on the drummer’s face. Is he unhappy? In pain? Heavily medicated? Or is that just his normal facial expression? You decide.


About davetill

I'm a writer and occasional web designer. I live in Toronto.
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