My previous choice of ‘Emotion’ by the Bee Gees and Destiny’s Child has been selected so I thought about this one which doesn’t get a lot of air play.
Thanks again to Jim for using my suggestion this week.
Not exactly one of my favourites, but I do remember it well.
“Afternoon Delight” is a hit song recorded by Starland Vocal Band, known for its close harmony and sexually suggestive wordplay. It was written by Bill Danoff, one of the members of the band.
“Afternoon Delight” charted well in New Zealand, peaking at #5. In Australia it was a #6 hit (Adelaide radio station 5KA was first to pick up the single, making it #1 in South Australia). In the UK, it reached #18 and was used as theme to a weekly show of the same title on London’s Capital Radio, hosted by Duncan Johnson, and from 1980 on an afternoon show using the same title, broadcast every weekday at Mercia Sound in Coventry, presented by Stuart Linnell. It became a US #1 single on July 10, 1976 and earned a gold record. “Afternoon Delight” also reached #1 in Canada.
Lyrics courtesy lyrics.com
Gonna find my baby, gonna hold her tight Gonna grab some afternoon delight My motto's always been 'when it's right, it's right' Why wait until the middle of a cold dark night? When everything's a little clearer in the light of day And we know the night is always gonna be there any way Thinkin' of you's workin' up my appetite Looking forward to a little afternoon delight Rubbin' sticks and stones together makes the sparks ignite And the thought of lovin' you is getting so exciting Sky rockets in flight Afternoon delight Afternoon delight Afternoon delight Started out this morning feeling so polite I always thought a fish could not be caught who wouldn't bite But you've got some bait a waitin' and I think I might try nibbling A little afternoon delight Sky rockets in flight Afternoon delight Afternoon delight Afternoon delight Please be waiting for me, baby, when I come around We could make a lot of lovin' 'for the sun goes down Thinkin' of you's workin' up my appetite Looking forward to a little afternoon delight Rubbin' sticks and stones together makes the sparks ignite And the thought of lovin' you is getting so exciting Sky rockets in flight Afternoon delight Afternoon delight Afternoon delight Afternoon delight!
Very delightful Di. For some odd reason, I am thinking that afternoon delight is referring to sex.
That was the innuendo that made the song so popular.
I remember hearing this one on the radio the summer of 1976 and having my dad tell me to turn it off – he felt there wasn’t enough “innuendo” as it was far too explicit for his sensibilities. Of course you couldn’t escape it! It was played all the time on every station – country, rock n roll, pop… it was definitely one of those “cross-over” songs!
Starland Vocal Band got a summer replacement series on one of the networks in the US simply because of this song. People are still trying to figure that one out…
I hadn’t ever heard of this one!
You’re probably too young!
Never heard this song before. A great second choice.