Yesterday was a rare occasion when I listened to our local "Prog Rock" station, WXRT; they were featuring one of my favorite years for music, 1982, on their Saturday morning flashback. 1982 was a big year for videos, and I got a lot of good ideas for future "Occasional Forgotten Videos," including today's.
The Plimsouls' "A Million Miles Away" is one of those songs I wish I'd written. Everything about it-- the wicked opening riff, the anguished lyrics, the ripping Rickenbacker guitar, the driving drumbeat-- it's awesome. It was put to good use in the 1983 movie "Valley Girl." Another great Plimsouls song, "The Oldest Story In The World," was also in the movie.
The Plimsouls formed in Los Angeles in 1978. They reunited for an album a couple of years ago and occasionally do shows still. Singer Peter Case has had some success as a solo artist, has worked with a number of other artists and is a respected music teacher, giving frequent workshops.