The Silhouettes | Get A Job

5 08 2010

This song from the late 50’s Doo Wop group, The Silhouettes, sums up my current employment situation perfectly. Well, not word for word but the key point is the same: I NEED a job. This song is pretty great. It is from that era of music where 4 guys just stood around on a street corner and sung their hearts out. This is the same period where the kids would dance through the streets and music seemed to be an integral part of the everyday youth experience. The Silhouettes were like many of the other groups from this time, just a one hit wonder… “Get A Job” being their one hit. It was released as the B side to “I Am Lonely” in 1957 and reached #1 on the Billboard charts. It was so successful that it sold over one million records, a huge feat back then, and was awarded a gold disc to honor the occasion.

This video is in rough shape because of it’s age but it’s a pretty cool documentation of an art form that has nearly been forgotten. Sure, the dubbing is slightly off and it’s a bit grainy but I still really like it. In fact, I think that’s what I like most about it.

References:

The Silhouettes Official Site

More info on The Silhouettes

More info on “Get A Job”

More info on Doo Wop

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