Local songwriter takes a shot at Nashville
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 — One of these days someone I know is really going to hit the big time. I’ve felt it on and off for years, and I just can’t wait until it actually happens. There have been contenders, that’s for sure.
For example, my friends The Rubinoos from Berkeley came pretty darn close in the late 1970s early 1980s — they just missed the top-40 (No. 45) with a remake of the Tommy James song, “I Think We’re Alone Now,” were featured in the teeny-bopper magazines such as “Tiger Beat,” were the claymation figures and the live band in Rolling Stone’s 10th anniversary television special, toured Europe and the states as the opening act for Elvis Costello and wrote the title song and another for the movie, “Revenge of the Nerds.”
Why Todd Rundgren (“Hello, It’s Me”) even produced one of their albums (he also produced records for Badfinger, The Band, Grand Funk Railroad, Meat Loaf, The New York Dolls, Hall and Oates and XTC, don’t you know).