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In the '80s, blue jeans could still talk



It's one honor to be on the cover of The Rolling Stone, but to be on the cover of Stuck in the '80s blog? Yes, Dr. Hook was alive and well in the early '80s, but will we admit to it with Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk?

Hailing from New Jersey, Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show was a steady presence in the '70s and early '80s and their tenth and final Top 40 hit Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk peaked at No. 25 in 1982. The video for Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk is almost embarrassing in retrospect with its sexism and profiling. The video features the two main visible members of Dr. Hook - Ray Sawyer & Dennis Locorriere. Sawyer, who lost his eye in an auto accident in 1967, wears the eye patch that makes people think he is Dr. Hook, but he is really just the background singer and plays simple percussion instruments like maracas. Locorriere is the bearded lead singer and together he and Sawyer ogle a blue jean-wearing blonde down the sidewalks of Los Angeles while other gawkers feel free to join in. The song was even bigger in Apartheid land as it was a number one hit in South Africa.

Overall it was a great career for Dr. Hook as five of their songs made the Top 10 and some like Better Luck Next Time (spoiler alert: the trivia answer on a very recent Name That 80s Tune) almost hit the Top 10. After Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk, Dr. Hook would make one more album that did not chart for dissolving.

[Last modified: Friday, February 26, 2016 7:01pm]


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