Daily Archives: April 13, 2013

Radio XVIII, side B, track 1: “Good Times” by INXS and Jimmy Barnes

INXS and Jimmy Barnes - Good TimesOh, INXS and Jimmy Barnes, you couldn’t have titled this song any better, because when I’m listening to this song, that’s what I’m thinking.  “Yeah, man, good times.”  This one ranks up there with “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” and “Old Time Rock & Roll” as one of the best rock anthems that just celebrates rock for being awesome.  I love that slow build, too, INXS and Jimmy Barnes.  This song is like a car slowly revving up right before racing another car for pinks (oh, yes, I’ve watched “Grease” more than a few times, my friends).  The engine rumbles a few times, gets louder and then we hit that chorus and pop the clutch and we’ve been launched into a rock stratosphere.  Just like when Danny and Sandy go flying off into the sky at the end of “Grease”. . .

I didn’t know that this post was going to become a discussion of “Grease”, but let’s go for it, INXS and Jimmy Barnes.  So “Grease” was the word, as you know, and it was also a movie that was near and dear to me.  I still get goosebumps every time Sandy says “Tell me about it, stud” in that tight black outfit she’s got on.  You can imagine what it did to a boy with raging hormones, I’m sure.

So how cool was it that when our high school decided to put on the musical my senior year of high school that I got to play Danny Zuko himself!  That’s right, INXS and Jimmy Barnes, I was going to be as cool as John Travolta (and trust me, “Grease” John Travolta was very cool, even though I was growing up in the age of “Look Who’s Talking” John Travolta).  In a way, it was the high point of my life, INXS and Jimmy Barnes.  I’d started school as an awkward little pudge and 12 years later I had the lead role as one of the coolest guys to ever run a comb through his greasy, greasy hair.  It was a pretty heady few days.

Of course, we’ve grown up in the days when everything has been captured on some kind of recording device, in my case VHS.  So while my memories of that celebrated run in our high school auditorium are full of remembering how awesome everything was, I’ve since seen the actual recording of my performance, and let’s just say John Travolta has nothing to worry about, and never did.  At least from me.

But who cares what that unforgiving camera captured, INXS and Jimmy Barnes, right?  When I think back on the rehearsals and the performances and how cool I looked in that leather jacket and those sideburns, you know what I think?  Good times.  Which is what started all this in the first place.  Well done, my friends.

“Good Times”

Everybody shake

Everybody groove

Everybody shaaaake, oooooooo!

Mary, Mary, you’re on my mind

Folks are gone and the place will be mine

Aw
Mary, Mary, wanna be with you

And this is what I’m gonna do

I’m gonna put a call to you

‘Cause I feel good tonight

And everything’s gonna be right, right, right, yeah

I’m gonna have a good time tonight
Rock and roll music gonna play all night

Come on, baby, it won’t take long
Only take a minute just ta sing my song

Boney Maroney’s gonna be with him

I said long tall Sally’s gonna be with Slim

Short fat Fanny’s gonna
She’s gonna be there, too

And this is what I’m gonna do
‘Cause I’ve got ta put a call ta you

‘Cause I feel good tonight

And everything’s gonna be right, right, right

I’m gonna have a good time tonight
Rock and roll music gonna play all night

Come on, baby, it won’t take long
Only take a minute just ta sing my song
Hey!

Owwww!
I gotta talk to you

Hey!

Boney Maroney’s gonna be with
J-J-Jimmy

Wow, long tall Sally’s gonna be with hiiiim

Short fat Fanny’s gonna be there, tooooo

And this is what I’m gonna do
I’ve got ta put a call ta you

‘Cause I feel good tonight

And everything’s gonna be right, right, right

I’m gonna have a good time tonight
Rock and roll music gonna play all night

Come on, baby, it won’t take long
Only take a minute just ta sing my song

Gonna have a good time tonight
Rock and roll music gonna play all night

Come on, baby, it won’t take long
Only take a minute just ta sing my song

Listen!
Waaaaaaaa!

Gonna have a good time tonight
Rock and roll music gonna play all night

Come on, baby, it won’t take long
Only take a minute just ta sing my song

Gonna have a good time tonight
Rock and roll music gonna play all night

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