February 4th, 2006


One phrase, two songs

vakkotaur put a radio in the kitchen so we could listen to the XM while working in there. He leaves it set to XM 4, the 40s channel. Over dinner, the song The Band Played On came on.

To me, that phrase conjures up a rather different memory: the Temptations' 1970 hit, Ball of Confusion. Quite different, not only musically, but in the overall tone of the lyrics. Both were a reflection of their times: the former, the carefree Gay Nineties; the latter, the turbulent 1970s.

I still think of the latter when I hear the phrase. It's what I grew up with.
  • Current Music
    The Temptations - Ball Of Confusion