Song: Horse With No Name
Today’s EarHead was a massive North American radio hit for folk rockers America way back in 1972, although it actually had its genesis in London England a year earlier (all three founding members being the offspring of American overseas airforce men and their UK wives) and was initially called Desert Song. America was to have a few more hits but none that came close to this one.
Don’t know what it is that does it for me… the resolute thumping bass line, the persistent soft acoustics that form the melodic spine of the song, the three-part male vocal harmonies la la la-ing away, or the enigmatic testifying lyrics of this quietly mesmerizing song. Perhaps it’s simply the elegant combination of all those elements. Check out the live version in the YouTube link below - it’s pretty faithful to the studio version that brought them so much attention.
Posted by Max MacDonald