Release: Don’t Wanna Play / Football Stomp (7″ Single)
For those of you who are relishing this weekend’s big game, we’ve found a little bit of NFL nostalgia that’s sure to pump you up!
Back in 1975, Walter Kahn was riding the success of his Grammy-winning production of the single “Love Me Like A Rock” by The Dixie Hummingbirds. The Dixie Hummingbirds had recorded the Paul Simon-penned track with Paul at Muscle Shoals in 1973, but wanted to record their own version. Shortly after recording the original with Paul, they did just that. The Hummingbirds’ version won them a Grammy for Best Gospel Performance in 1974, with Walter getting an award for producing it. In 1975, Walter wrote, arranged, and produced a few singles for Grand Prix Records featuring studio musicians under fake band names like QVRS and Zap. A couple of these singles were sports themed, including the disco dance novelty tune “Phillies Fever” featuring 5 players of the Philadelphia Phillies franchise, Larry Bowa, Mike Schmidt, David Cash, Greg Luzinski and Garry Maddox. Another single, “Don’t Wanna Play” was backed with the sporty b-side “Football Stomp”. That single flopped, but had very minor success in the Philadelphia area.
Later in Kahn’s career, he hit #1 on the Billboard Top Dance Singles chart with his production of The Movement’s 1992 Jock Jams-destined hit “Jump!“. Continuing on with the hip-hop/dance inspired work, he would end up earning another Grammy nomination in 1995 for producing rapper Skee-Lo’s single “I Wish“.
Back to the “Stomp”, though. The song is a power pop ode to the NFL and that’s about as much as you can squeeze out of it. Towards the end of the song, Zap sings aloud all of the current NFL teams at the time, many of which sound like made up teams considering all of the expansion and city-hopping the league has done over the years. The Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers would arrive the following year in 1976, along with a handful more in the years to come, but this 1975 snapshot serves a nostalgic glimpse into the days of yesteryear.
Luckily for us in 2019, both the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots existed in 1975, so feel free to jam out to this tune while pigging out on munchies and commercial gluttony. We’ve included the a-side, “Don’t Wanna Play” in case you wanted a more complete look at the band that was Zap.