Saturday, January 26, 2013

"I Get Off on It" by Tony Joe White

Song#:  0230
Date:  06/28/1980
Debut:  88
Peak:  79
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Country Rock, Blues

Pop Bits:  White developed his brand of swamp-rock via his native Louisiana and began his recording career in 1968 when his first album, "Black and White," debuted. Initially, the album went nowhere as did the singles released. But months later, one of the singles, "Polk Salad Annie," made it to the pop chart and climbed all the way to #8 in 1969. He had two other minor singles that followed, but that was it until this humorous song got a little traction and scraped the chart. Although he has continuously recorded albums since his debut, only three managed to get on the pop albums chart.

ReduxReview:  I'm just guessing, but a song with this title and subjects that include cross dressing, flashing, and bondage was probably not high on radio programming lists back in the day. But the funny nature and quirkiness of the song seemed to attract some listeners. It is kind of a fun song for a concert and a clever jam, but I can't say I'd listen to this with any frequency.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Besides having Elvis Presley covering "Polk Salad Annie" and Dusty Springfield doing "Willie and Laura Mae Jones," White's biggest hit as a songwriter came via Brook Benton who took "Rainy Night in Georgia" to #4 in 1970.


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