Thursday, July 26, 2012

Cusp Song of the Day: Love Rollercoaster

Love can be a roller coaster, making the concept of a "Love Rollercoaster" a natural. The song, by '70s R&B/funk group Ohio Players, entered the chart Thanksgiving week in 1975, rising to number 1 in January 1976.
In Cusp, "Love Rollercoaster" plays as Karen and Mark decide to leave the Sting after being abandoned by Craig, their hot and in demand gay friend. Karen is still adjusting to being in a gay environment for the first time in her life:

"We finish our drinks and head for the door. The Ohio Players’ “Love Rollercoaster” is blasting. I hate that song. Pockets of guys are making out, drinking and talking, although I must admit it’s the making out that catches my eye. I feel like I’ve entered an alternate universe where everything is off. I’m used to not being noticed, but never at this level." 

The Red Hot Chili Peppers were influenced by the Ohio Players and paid tribute to them in their cover version, which appeared in the movie Beavis and Butthead Do America.

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