Number 39 – And It’s all Got Me Feeling F.I.N.E.


You think I’m alright
Maybe quite a sight…

You know, when you make a list like this, you hear songs, or versions of songs, and you sometimes ask yourself; “Why is that song ranked so low?” “Why is that song ranked so high?” “Why isn’t that song on the list?” “Why is that song on the list?”… But this morning’s HM with “What Kind of Love are You On” was one of those questions. And then there’s more questions. As much as I love that song, and I do, I had to scratch my head and say; “Dude!” Other things that play into the placing of the songs are not just memories of concerts, or what was going on in my life when the song came out, or even what was going on in the band at the time the song came out, but visuals come to mind….

This is going to sound odd in a way, but then I never said I wasn’t that. However, strange visuals sometimes come to mind when making up a list like this. It could be something as odd as the look of an album cover. Not saying that in a bad way, but more of an ADD, ADHD kind of way. Let me explain; I’m old, well old to some, to me I’m 23, but to the world I’m more than half a century old, and I’ve played some of these songs 1000’s upon 1000’s upon 1000’s of times, and sometimes an album cover and just the name of a song precedes the actual melody. It’s as if you’ve seen the same movie over and over, and sometimes that movie might drop down, just because of how you relate to the title… Not really fair, because as bad as the title seems, I could watch Bull Durham a 1000 more times. So, to try and bring it back… when I make the list, I don’t always listen to each and every song through, because they’re in me, they’re my blood, my personality, and sometimes I just want a change, so I see an album, a song title, I know the melody, the lyrics, and I place it on the list… But over 20, 30, 40, 50 days those spots can change… but the list is done.

Then I write. I feel the songs all over again, more than the title, more than a cover, I live them again, I watch and listen to this band of mine play my favorite songs and I even ask myself; “Self, why is that one number 39?” You just have to be true to your gut… It’s a process, and if you let your ADD get in the way, the list will never be completed. It will become a project without end. So with me, my list is ever changing, just as I am. Some of you have noticed such extreme place changes from just one year’s time. How does that happen, you might ask…? Because I don’t get lost in one era, one album, I listen, I move, I reminisce, to a place in time, or I just let it take me somewhere new…

I’m thinking back to ’78, even with Toys, Rocks, DTL already out, “Seasons” could have been in the Top 15. How did it get to 61? “Salty” was 27 last year, this year it’s 52. And sometimes you can get so distracted you basically switch two songs altogether, with an obvious difference of 7 spots. Let’s see if you can figure that one out. It’s not here yet, and I’d never tell anyway. Maybe it was because of the day I wrote the list, maybe tomorrow they’ll be in the Top 15 again… Then again, maybe not….

But now let’s get to today’s… This song is so commercial, but yet so Aerosmith, complete with sexual innuendos and content that makes this band what… and who they are. This IS who these guys are! This is the “hormone driven blue denim jacket army of teenage boys’ ” anthem type of song that they’ve done their whole career! It all comes out in this song. It’s fun, it’s fast, it’s catchy, it’s nasty, it’s clean, and it rocks!!!

This is Bob Seger’s ‘Night Moves”, this is Meatloaf’s “Paradise By The Dash Board Lights“, this is Rod Stewart’ “Stay with me”, John Cougar’s “I need a Lover”, but kicked up about 100 notches, cranked over, and set on fire!!!! No false or hidden ideas. Yeah, it’s got commercial hit written all over it, but it also screams at you and saying “You Know You Love It”!
Steven is telling you what he wants! It’s all about a sex drive, and drive to sex, that won’t stop, can’t stop. WHY STOP??? It’s about lovin’ the lust, and a woman who satisfies what can’t be satisfied, a man who needs a different kind of love. It’s adventure, and an “unknown” to most, except the lucky few. These aren’t just sexual innuendos; they are “sexual in the end ohh!

I have a feeling though, fans of this band… True fans of THIS BAND know this song, not just the words or the rhythm, or the beat, but they now the story, they’ve lived it…A LOT! I know I have. And maybe that right there is why this song starts the 30’s for us. This is them! This is us!
I could post just one lyric, but I think all need to be read, so I’ve attached a link with the lyrics, in case you don’t remember… Bit of trivia, while everyone was searching frantically for a name for the album, that Brad eventually named, Joe was bidding for this song’s title as the name to be used before they settled on Pump. And although Kalodner wouldn’t go along with any album being titled “FINE”, if you look close enough on the album cover the word appears on the side of it Released as a single off of the album, it reached #14 on the Mainstream Rock Charts.

So when you’re Feeling “F”ucked up, “I”nsecure, “N”uerotic, and “E”motional, just remember what will make you feel F.I.N.E….

I got a girlfriend with the hoochie coochie eyes 
‘Cause in the pink she looks so fine 
She’s got the Cracker Jack 
Now all I want’s the prize honey… he hey hey…” 

“Whip crackin’ floozy way outta control 
She got a new kind of jelly in her jelly roll
I got the right key baby but the wrong key hole
I’m ready so ready… yeoa…”

Full lyrics;

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I am a man of simple means. My family is what's important to me. My family and my 3 girls mean more to than the sun! If you ask me what I think, I will tell you straight! So don't ask if you don't wanna know. I like people who are real and don't like those who aren't. You'll know where you fit with me pretty quick. I give most everyone the benefit of the doubt, at least until they prove me wrong. I've lived most my life like there was no tomorrow, at least until my daughters were born, and then even a bit after. By the way; That is NOT good advice... just a statement. I don't believe in "Halfway" Why put on the skis if you're not gonna at least try the face? But I also believe that there is more than Black and White. I believe in where I came from, I don't believe what I went through was ALL worth it! I believe in doing the right thing, more than doing what's right! I believe in "true" friendship, I also know that 99% of them aren't true. I will live a happy life and die a complete man if my kids learn from my mistakes.