For decades I have been mystified by the group Steam.
In 1969 they recorded one of the enduring classics of rock 'n roll and Philadelphia Eagles fans.
I had assumed for many years that Cher was the singer, but only learned it was Steam in the 80s.
Man, but the singer sounds so much like Cher, it's uncanny.
Now I've been gobsmacked by truly astounding news: there was no such group as Steam.
Read the following, from a website about the history of rock:
- 1969 - A fictitious group called Steam was given credit for the chart topping tune "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye."
The song was actually recorded by Gary De Carlo, who intended it to be the "B" side of his first single.
Gary didn't like the song and when record executives wanted to issue it as the "A" side, he insisted it be released under an assumed name.
So a guy sang it.
We now must ask, "Who is Gary De Carlo?"
So back through the wormhole into cyberspace I went, and returned with this revelation:
There was no Gary De Carlo in Steam.
Instead, try this review of Steam's album on amazon by one Andrew M. Bergey - whose amazon nickname is "bubblegummer," which is plenty good credentials by me - of Thornton, Colorado:
- The story goes that after singing "Na, Na, Hey, Hey, Kiss Him Goodbye" for the group Steam, Garrett Scott wanted very little to do with the group.
"Musical differences" usually gets the nod in these situations but personality conflicts may have played a part.
The back cover of their only album has a small picture of Scott with his arms folded looking a bit um... steamed.
You do the math.
In some sort of arrangement that only the 70's could produce, Scott stuck around long enough to co-write all 10 songs on the album.
So now we must ask, who was Garrett Scott?