The Greatest Song You’ve (Probably) Never Heard: Reacharound – “Big Chair”by Brad Allis on Aug. 09, 2011, under Uncategorized
If you listened to Alternative Radio you probably heard this song. Reacharound was a half hit wonder who had one good song on their debut album “Who Is Tommy Cooper?” While “Big Chair” is a terrific song, the rest of the album was mediocre at best and can usually be found in the discount bin. Heck, on Amazon.com you can get it for a cent. Yup, $0.01…plus shipping.
The song has three things that I love, harmonica, cowbell (albeit buried in the mix) and gang vocals in the chorus. An added bonus is that those shouted gang vocals are “oy, oy”, conjuring up images of various Australians including AC/DC, Jack-O and various Aussie Rules players from an ESPN promo circa 1982.
For a band that got decent air play for about a month, I could find very little about them. A Google search turned up next to nothing. Not even a wikipedia entry. There was one music site entry but it identified them as being both from Los Angeles and England. The lead singer does have a bit of a British accent when he sings, but so does the guy from Green Day and he’s from Northern California.
Lyrically the song seems to be about a fight that leads to a break-up but the chorus will always remind me of the time I had an uncomfortable talk with a girlfriend’s father. He was asking me about my intentions, giving me relationship advice and even talking about our future sex life. There’s nothing worse than a girl’s father speculating on what your sex life with his daughter may be like. More uncomfortable than “The Talk” was the fact I had to use the restroom in the worst way. The whole time my guts were churning and I thought I was going to die. So every time they sing “Oy, oy, sitting in the big chair, dying” I think back to that awful conversation.
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