Monday, May 16, 2005

Perfect Pop

11. "Jive Talkin'" The Bee Gees (1975)
The wet-galoshes guitar scrapes; the bass line (a Moog, perhaps?) pushing rhythm and melody; those vocals -- every single part of this song is a genius pop hook. I'm not sure it gets better than this.

Anyway, this song always makes me happy, and isn't that something?


Anonymous Bob said...

I know there's some kind of video for Jive Talkin' and Maurice is standing there playing bass. But that could be some elaborate Bee Gee trickery, like when Barry tried to impersonate Berry Gordy during the Jackson 5 Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame induction.

I'm pretty sure they used to play the video on VH-1 Classics, but (sadly) not as often as the Stayin' Alive video where the Bee Gees appeared to be the sole survivors of a nuclear apocalypse. Which changed the whole meaning of the song.

But yeah, Jive Talkin' is thoroughly awesome, I'll admit it.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

I've seen that "Jive Talkin'" video. It was on a Beavis and Butthead episode -- they thought it was the Black Crowes. And I remember Maurice's bass guitar. But now that I'm listening to it up to three times a day, I'm more and more convinced it's a Moog or some kind of old synth.

I wonder if there's any other Bee Gees videos of the disco era or before. Maybe some old Musikladen clips of "I Started a Joke" or "Lonely Days"? C'mon VH1 Classic, make it happen!

9:01 PM  
Anonymous Bob said...

Yeah, it's probably a synth bass and the bass my man Maurice had in the video was just a prop. You know what they say about the Bee Gees lying at 24 frames per second and all.

There was some kind of proper video for I Started a Joke, and it must have been on VH-1 Classics, because I can't imagine where else I would have seen it. I remember it had Robin Gibb on a mostly white set with this horrifying technicolor giant crying face (a clown, maybe?) behind him. It still haunts me.

9:47 AM  

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