Ok, just for fun, take a listen to this song and envision what the band looks like in your head.
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The funny thing about this song is that it was actually pretty sexually suggestive for the time. It is classic big band styling (although there are many versions of the song) and is a slice of the 1940’s.
Whenever I hear this song, I picture men walking around in pork pie hats and pinstripe jackets, ladies with tightly curled hair and frilly dresses and cars from manufacturers like Nash, Studebaker, and International plodding down the road.
How is it that a song called “Funkee MahJong” brings tears to my eyes?
“One’s Too Many” is a track from The Fabulous Thunderbirds’ 1981 album “Butt Rockin’.” The Fabulous Thunderbirds were a Texas based blues band, probably best known for 1986’s “Tuff Enuff.”
“One’s Too Many” is a swampy groove featuring a Leslie-laden lead guitar part, highly unusual for 1981. The song depicts frustration over a lover that’s steppin’ out on you, yet you can’t help but come crawling back. Masochism at its finest? Perhaps. More likely one of those unexplainable goofy human attributes that we’ve all experienced at one time or another.
When you’re upset, and when you’re sad; gee… when you’re “hurting”, this song is the perfect comfort. Michael Stipe’s melodious voice is as comforting as your grandmother’s loving embrace. Whenever I am down or depressed, this song is very cathartic for me. Arguably the band’s most well-known song, I recommend this for the next time you’re really down in the dumps. It’s sure to lift your spirits. It certainly lifts mine.