Listen to SELF-ANALYSIS by The Smoke.
Today's song is a return performance by The Smoke, a group first featured in one of John's posts from this summer. John's song, Cowboys and Indians, was the archetypal album opening mini-epic. My song is the "track three" ballad, the one with the best pop hooks. Also, like Cowboys and Indians, it's a Beach Boys fan letter, which gets you most of the way on to this blog at least.
Plus it's very Freudian, you know.
Here's a little biographical detail about Michael Lloyd (who wrote, recorded, and produced the album) that John didn't get to:
At the tender age of 20, Lloyd was appointed vice-president of MGM by Mike Curb and his first production job, Lou Rawls's Natural Man, won a Grammy. After that he turned out hits for teen sensations like The Osmonds and Shaun Cassidy, later producing Belinda Carlisle, Barry Manilow and, most lucratively, the multi-million selling soundtrack to Dirty Dancing.
That's a story of realized ambition if I've ever read one.
Photo: Neighborhood bracing (3).