Thursday, June 21, 2012

Cusp Song of the Day: How Long (Betcha Got a Chick on the Side)

From the Pointer Sisters' third album Steppin' comes "How Long (Betcha Got a Chick on the Side)," released in summer 1975. The song spent two months on the charts, rising as high as number 20; it also hit number 1 on the soul charts. Anita Pointer sings lead, backed up by sisters Bonnie, Ruth and June. 

Their biggest hits were still to come, but "Betcha Got a Chick on the Side" plays an important role in Pointer Sisters history. Beginning with their self-titled debut album in 1973, they were known for their vintage-era music and clothes. Songs like "Yes We Can Can" and 40's-style dresses and hats threatened to turn them into a novelty act. But with Steppin' they made the transition into a more contemporary funk sound and style, and after that there was no looking back - only forward.

In Cusp, Craig plays the record on the stereo in his room when Karen and Mark come to visit.

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