Tuesday, August 14, 2007



According to my sources, January was Pilot's biggest hit in the UK, although it sank like a stone in the US. Very hard to argue with the handclaps on this.


Anonymous said...

Hi, Emmett - long time no see. Really nice that David Paton and Billy Lyall, original founding members of Edinburgh's Bay City Rollers, get some credit for their super-cheesy but brilliant blow-dried fluff.

"January" (alongside "Magic") has a long time left a none too rusty hook in my brain, but thanks especially for "Canada" - that's definitely something new on me.

helmut said...

The whole first record - the one with Magic and Just a Smile - is, in my estimation, the pinnacle of 70s cheese-puff pop. It's brilliant, and I've adored it since I was a tot in 1970s Bangkok. "January" is the only song on this album that comes close to the sound from the first. I do believe they all studied hand-clapping at Juilliard.

Mike said...

Very nice... I've been catching up on your recent posts Emmett. Choice stuff. I am listening to the Carpenters track now, which is much much better than I expected it would be. Thanks for keeping the dream alive.

Emmett said...

IB!! Welcome back, dude. It's good to see you 'round these parts again.

Helmut -- thanks for your thoughts on Pilot. I'd love to get my hands on the actual LPs but for now all I have is a measly digital best-of comp.

Mike -- don't listen to that Carpenters track! That was posted at a very dark time in my life and is probably best left unplayed. P.S. Good luck tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Did you know Pilot eventually became THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT?