Sunday, February 19, 2012

Song #126 of 9999 - Timothy by The Buoys

Song #126 of 9999

Title: Timothy
Artist: The Buoys
Year: 1971
Album: The Buoys

You say you really wish there was a hit song about cannibalism? Well, look no further. Rupert Holmes (yes, the PiƱa Colada song guy) wrote this song about three coal miners trapped in a collapsed mine who are forced to take drastic measures for survival. According to Holmes, he purposely wrote a song he thought would be banned for radio airplay to generate free publicity. Apparently, his plan worked as the song was indeed banned by many stations but climbed to #17 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

The Buoys broke up shortly afterward, unable to capitalize on the success of "Timothy." Two of the guys later formed the band Dakota, achieving great regional success in northeast PA (where I grew up) and a modicum of national attention touring with Queen in 1980. I still have a couple of their albums and always admired Bill Kelly's voice. Today, I find the song to be mediocre and the stereo separation in the mix to be particularly annoying. But it's about cannibalism!

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