Of course I wanted to know. I got lucky with “Cracklin’ Rosie” by Neil Diamond.
Check out this link to Pork Track. The creator used Billboard Hot 100 lists to compile the tracks.
Girl, if it lasts for an hour, that’s all right
We got all night
To set the world right
Find us a dream that don’t ask no questions
Ba ba ba ba ba ……”
I was an oops. Mom and Dad, you are so gross! I grew up listening to Neil Diamond alone. It always cleared the living room somehow. I would wonder why no one else seemed to appreciate Neil Diamond the way I did. Now I know. My parents loved mainstream music. It’s a question I would never ask my parents. Thanks, literallyelvis.
History on Cracklin’ Rosie. It’s not about a woman. It is thought to be, perhaps, about a cheap wine cooler popular among college kids in the late 60s, early 70s. According to David Wild at Rolling Stone, Neil said, “On Saturday nights when they go out, the guys all get their girl; the guys without girls get a bottle of Cracklin’ Rosie, that’s their girl for the weekend.” (thanks to David Wild, author of He Is…I Say: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neil Diamond) My dad was a college football player, my mom was a cheerleader. And that makes me the game changer.
That’s more than likely relevant. I grew up in the Brass Monkey generation, another song celebrating a low-rent libation (a 40 oz of delicious malt liquor mixed with Sunny D). The Beastie Boys are probably responsible for an inordinate amount of oops babies, but not as many as Prince + the Revolution’s “Let’s Go Crazy” – Japanese marching band version.