GUEST WRITE UP: Funk Meister Freud
When AJFOne23 showed me the list of songs he and his crew were preparing for 'Amour Month', my eyes practically bugged out of their sockets in disbelief when I came across this one. This was a long lost friend from childhood and for the life of me, I don't know how it slipped thru the cracks. I absolutely cherished this tune as a kid, so I'd like to be the first to thank AJFOne23 and all involved for making it happen!
Vancouver, B.C.'s very own 'Poppy Family' fronted by Susan Jacks at lead vocal, released this oldie but goodie in the year of 'The Summer of Love', good 'ol 1969. As the title track from their debut album, "Which Way You Goin' Billy?" did remarkably well, reaching #1 in Canada on the CANCON charts and doing just as favorably on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at #2 a few months later. "Which Way You Goin Billy?" is a poignant and heartfelt statement of the misunderstanding of someone else's emotional alienation and an urgent plea from a lover who just can't let go.....but the odd twist is, it's all wrapped up in a 'Bubblegum Pop' sensibility. Heartbreaking as the lyrics are, it's beat and melody have a strange toe tapping appeal that actually works in sync with the subject matter. This could very well be credited to the fact that the husband of lead singer Susan Jacks is none other than songwriter Terry Jacks of "Seasons in the Sun" fame (a song which he later made famous as a solo artist). I didn't know of this until I dug into fact researching for this song, so another bonus for me! Terry is one of a handful of songwriters from that time period who had the uncanny ability to write "heartbreak material' and spin it so the melody has a catchy, sing along appeal. If there were a "Carpool Karaoke with James Corden" back then, he might be down for singing some of this. Enjoy this classically golden pop tune,...I know I will!