Friday, September 08, 2006

Hey Midwesterners, remember when WLS was the shiz nizzy?

I heard Blinded by the Light yesterday and it took me back. There are a few songs my sisters and I refer to as "bus songs" because we heard them on the bus all the time.

When I was in 5th grade we had the best bus driver, we thought she was the coolest because she listened to WLS am radio -- it was what you listened to if you were anybody.

They must have had a 5 song play list because we heard the same songs on the bus everyday -- thus the strong transport back to the bus whenever I hear the songs today. I know songs and smells have the power to evoke strong memories, but I'm telling you -- I hear two notes of certain songs and I start ducking paper wads.

Muskrat Love was a dud, there was always a collective let down when that one came on, but Blinded by the Light and that one that said, " think you're gonna break up, then she says she wants to make ouuuuut, ahhhhh you make me love you, ahhhhhh you gotta a waAy..." -- who was that, Manford Man? They were in there somewhere, and some Leo Sayer song...

...FM radio? What's that?


Blogger Mel said...

we always thought it was funny that they would say 'douche' on the radio :) i always get that childhood feeling from anything by anne murray, eddie rabbitt or kenny rogers, since those were the three cassette tapes mom would take with us when we'd drive from NC to FL every summer and every christmas. and the soundtrack from Godspell. but when i rode the bus in high school, it was Prince and the Beastie Boys that got much play....

1:05 PM  
Blogger kim said...

Great, now I'm going to be singing Day by Day all day.

"douche"-- hysterics -- and all the gradeschoolers say, "do you know what that means?", "yeeaaah", "Tell me then", "Nooo, I'm not going to say that on the bus" -- and then some know it all sixth grader truping everyone with a "that's not even what it says, it says 'dooce', ya douche". "What the hell is a dooce? or roner, and why do we wrap them?"

What the hell does that song say, anyway?

1:30 PM  
Blogger kim said...



1:31 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

"The caliope crashed to the ground and she was blinded by the light, wrapped up like a deuce another runner in the night"

what i found is this: Some claim the "deuce" being referred to is the 1932 Ford Coupe beloved of hotrodders

so yeah. that TOTALLY clears things up for me.

2:42 PM  
Blogger Robyn said...

Yes, but did you have a WLS Fantastic Plastic Card?

9:18 AM  
Blogger kim said...


But I wanted one real bad.

11:12 PM  
Blogger kim said...

Thanks Mel -- I knew I could count on you for some decent research.

Yeah, I'm all clear on everything now too -- I think, right?


11:18 PM  

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