What’s In The Words: Reunion’s “Life Is A Rock”

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Life Is A Rock

Reunion's "Life Is A Rock" (from the author's collection)

“[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]B. B. Bumble and the Stingers[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Mott the Hoople[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ray Charles[/lastfm] Singers
[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Lonnie Mack[/lastfm] and twangin’ Eddy, here’s my ring we’re goin’ steady…”

“Life Is a Rock” by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Reunion[/lastfm]

What’s in the words? Everything! And nothing! And that’s what made this song so great.

Recorded in 1974 by a group of studio musicians who called themselves Reunion, “Life Is a Rock” was spectacular if for no other reason that it name-checked over 100 different artists, disc jockeys, songs and dances (with a strange nod to Jack the Ripper) in less than 4 minutes.

That feat was the work of lead singer Joey Levine (who also sang on songs by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ohio Express[/lastfm]). Fuel for laughs at the karaoke bar — even before everyone is drunk — its not been matched in pop culture in almost 40 years (except for John Moschitta’s famous FedEx commercial).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeK5ZjtpO-M

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