Daily Archives: April 17, 2012

Radio VII, side A, track 7: “Powerful Stuff” by The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Oh, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, this song is every beer commercial and perfume commercial and make-up commercial all wrapped up in one.  And I’m totally okay with that.  Oh, how I wanted to get a glimpse of the girl you were singing about, a girl who brought inanimate objects to life, who was so fine that even a Titan was no match for her beauty.  Really, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, you summed up what it’s like for every heterosexual male going through the hormonal hurricane that is adolescence.  Every girl we looked at was a new Venus in blue jeans; blue jeans that were tightly pinned around their ankles, I might add, which made no sense, but when has fashion ever made any sense, The Fabulous Thunderbirds?  And who cares if it made sense, anyway, because they looked great in those jeans and those inside-out Guess sweaters and those friendship bracelets.  I know you were singing about more grown-up feelings, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, but as a 12-year-old with very little world experience, I most definitely got the gist.  Powerful stuff indeed.

“Powerful Stuff”

She walks down the street a-knockin’ ’em dead
Store window dummies even turn their heads
Sho’ ’nuff
Powerful stuff
When I saw her I burned my black book
Made a blind man take a second look
Sho’ ’nuff
I think I’m in love
And that’s powerful stuff

Naugahide skirt, black-stacked heels
Red copper hair, dig the wig it’s unreal
Sho’ ’nuff
Powerful stuff
Ole man Atlas holdin’ up the world
He’d drop everything for
That girl
Sho’ ’nuff
I think I’m in love
And it’s powerful stuff

Her hip shakin’ whip snakin’ cooked my goose
I tell you that babe she’s a fine papoose
I love her mind, but here’s the deal
She’s got the kinda of girl who rides the manmobile

<awesome guitar solo>

She opens up her eyes and turns on the juice
Pullin’ like a magnet and she don’t turn loose
Sho’ ’nuff
Powerful stuff
When she starts rockin’ don’t touch that dial
She’s a hundred-mega-kilowatt
Woman child
Sho’ ’nuff
I think I’m in love
Think I’m in love
I think I’m in love
And that’s powerful stuff

<awesome Fab T-Birds music>

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