Sunday, July 19, 2009

Could I have some whipping on that?

I read somewhere that the 1976 song "Afternoon Delight'' is actually a double entendre. Really? There's a second meaning to these lyrics?

Gonna find my baby, gonna hold her tight
Gonna grab some afternoon delight
My motto's always been when it's right, it's right
Why wait until the middle of a cold dark night

Is it possible to interpret those words any other way than, well, you know?
Apparently. There was a dessert by that name in a D.C. restaurant frequented by songwriter Bill Danoff, and he was just putting the yummy concoction into a song. Well, that explains it.

Thinkin' of you's workin' up my appetite
Looking forward to a little afternoon delight
Rubbin' sticks and stones together makes the sparks ignite
And the thought of rubbin' you is getting so exciting

They weren't pitching woo, they were pitching a tent!

I mention the song today because -- you guessed it -- "Afternoon Delight'' was the No. 1 pop song on this day in 1976. Not that there was a lot of competition. Here was the Billboard Top 5:

1. Afternoon Delight, Starland Vocal Band
2. Kiss and Say Goodbye, Manhattans
3. I'll Be Good to You, Brothers Johnson
4. Shop Around, Captain & Tennille
5. More, More, More (Part 1), Andrea True Connection

The Starland Vocal Band would win two Grammy awards, including Best New Artist, beating out Boston, the Brothers Johnson, Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band and Wild Cherry.

Then their sky rocket would disappear from sight. But they sure pulled the sheets over our eyes, didn't they?


  1. Wow. Is that the lamest top 5 ever? I challenge you to find a lamer one!

  2. I never heard of three of them, and the other two (Afternoon Delight, Shop Around) were butt ugly. That might be the worst in the recorded history of man!!!!!