This pop gem caused a series of events to occur resulting in the existence of this blog. I’ve always thought “Yellow Pills” was brilliant, perfect power pop, but never bought the record. In 1980 I used to live in a hovel in West LA, during the LA punk scene. I went to all the shows I could, and even started a band, King James and The Bible Burners. I listened to KROQ nonstop, so I heard “Yellow Pills” many many times. I saw 20/20 more than once, probably at The Whiskey and while they were very good, “Yellow Pills” was head and shoulders better than any of their other songs. It’s not a bad thing to write one great song.
It’s many years later and I’m in temporary possession of a Power Pop anthology with “Yellow Pills” as the opener. Of course it was the only memorable song on the whole thing, including another near-miss by 20/20. My evil i-Pod had just died 3 weeks post warranty so in protest I went back to cd’s. I made a new car cd for listening on surfari down to South Jersey. “Yellow Pills” was the obvious opener. After that came “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” by the Arctic Monkeys. 22 tracks later I was finished and needed a title. I scribbled “now that’s what I call bullshit” around the hole in the middle, referencing a series of popular top 40 cd’s. I liked it so much that I made another one the next week. I called it “now that’s what I call bullshit 2”. I made one every week for the next 16 weeks. Then I got hit by a car on my bike, which is a whole other story. Anyway, it interupted my flow. When I resumed production I made them slightly less often, but now there are almost 50. Today I renamed the blog now that’s what I call bullshit where music worth listening to hangs out.
The only interesting trivia I found was this list of singles in a discography.
None of them were “Yellow Pills”. “Backyard Guys”?
* 1978: “Giving It All” b/w “Under the Freeway” (Bomp! Records)
* 1979: “Cheri” b/w “Backyard guys” (Portrait Records)
* 1981: “Strange Side of Love” b/w “People in Your Life”/”Child’s Play”