Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me) by Reunion (RCA, 1974)

The ultimate karaoke tune…If you can get up and do this one perfectly, you are the ultimate!

The goofy tune, sung by Joey Levine, who sang on Ohio Express tunes, Chewy Chewy & Yummy Yummy Yummy, made it up to #8 in late 1974. This song name checks a lot of rock songs & groups from the 50s & 60s. But whats funny are the obscure references to groups like The Mahavishnu Orchestra and writer Arthur Janov. They even mention ABBA who just had a top 10 hit but were fairly unknown and KISS, who were still at least another year before making any impact in America.

Just the fact that a tune like this could get popular shows the liberal nature of pop radio in the 70s. And while I wouldnt call this an early rap song, I’d like to see any MC rip through this one…maybe Das Efx could have handled it

BTW: Tracey Ullman did a cover of this song on her album, You Broke My Heart In 17 Places. I know, I have no idea why either.