and now for the songs — October 25, 2021

224) The Rumors — “Hold Me Now”

The A-side of the LA band’s only single — one of only three singles issued by the label (Gemcor). Richie Unterberger says in All Music Guide that:

Of the many obscure “Louie Louie” ripoffs that have been recorded over the years, “Hold Me Now” is one of the best of them, with a raunchy vocal and blistering guitar break. . . . [It] had little impact, although it was used as part of a McDonald’s commercial.

Richie is the master of the left- handed compliment. The best ripoff ever!

“Around and around and up and down we go, baby . . . . Hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me now — all of the time. Hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me now — you’ll be mine. Hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me now — you’re so fine.”

What the heck, here’s the B-side:

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