Song of the Day, July 18: My Girl by Donnie Iris and the Cruisers

IrisGirlToday’s song is a timeless fusion of pop styles. After a long career in bands and supporting other acts, Donnie Iris went solo in 1980. His second effort gave full credit to his backing band, the Cruisers, and is a unique rock gem. Iris and musical partner Mark Avsec blended all their musical tastes into a fun disc that is at once New Wave, retro, power pop, and roots rock, creating a whole that far exceeds its parts.

The finest moment also became his biggest hit. My Girl is a doo-wop dream, celebrating romance with joyous abandon. Avsec seamlessly blends the 50s backstreet harmonies with surging keyboard energy, while guitarist Marty Lee turns in a standout performance. The band are tight and enthusiastic, pouring their hearts into a pop masterpiece. Giddy but grounded, crazy fun, My Girl shows off a team at the height of their powers.

Enjoy this marvelous song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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