No doubt I spent most of the late '80s listening to straight-edge hardcore all day in between whatever Oi!-metal records that Homestead and Touch and Go were putting out, but besides that, I used to listen to a lot of Couch Flambeau, also. Not as if that should be too hard to understand, since anyone with even a mild appreciation of Billy Squier riffs (posited as non-ironically as possible, of course) to go with a smart-assed sense of humor should find something to like about Couch Flambeau; not that Couch Flambeau sold one-tenth as many records during the '80s as Billy Squier, or even Bertie Higgins for that matter.
"The Day The Music Died", the second Couch Flambeau LP, has "Mobile Home", which is perhaps my third-favorite Couch Flambeau song ever, though that's partly because I grew up at a time when there actually was a broken Big Wheel in front of every trailer park. There's also my second- or third-favorite Christmas song ever, "Santa Claus Skips Cudahay" ("When he finds out you live in Cudahay, he'll fly right past your house"). Why this album wasn't bigger than Huey Lewis and the News "Sports", I'll never know; really, Ray Parker Jr. shoulda ripped off the "Ghostbusters" theme from Couch Flambeau instead, because then he probably wouldn't have gotten sued and he definitely would've ended up with a better song.
Couch Flambeau -
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"The Day The Music Died"
"Santa Claus Skips Cudahay"
"We'll Go Through the Windshield Together"
"Satan's School for Girls"