Saturday, October 1, 2016

40 Year Itch : Time Wreaks Havoc on Every Girl

Sparks : Throw Her Away ( And Get A New One)

In 1976, the year Sparks recorded "Throw Her Away ( And Get A New One") for the album Big Beat,  former Olympic skier Ivana Marie Zelníčková met a dashing young millionaire who had been recently featured in the New York Times.

 "He is tall, lean and blond," lifestyle reporter Judy Klemesrud writes, "with dazzling white teeth, and he looks ever so much like Robert Redford...He dates slinky fashion models, belongs to the most elegant clubs and, at only 30 years of age, estimates that he is worth 'more than $200 million.'"

Trump in 1976

 Donald stood up and offered Ivana and her friends his table. "I told my girlfriend I had good news and bad news," Ivana said. "The good news was that we could get a table fast, the bad news was that Donald was going to sit with us." 

Ivana and Donald married on April 7, 1977. It wouldn't last. She got $25 million from the Donald. He moved on to Marla and then on to Melania. Now he's the biggest threat facing the world since the Soviet Union moved missiles to a Caribbean country.

Produced by Rupert ( If you like Pina Coladas) Holmes, Big Beat is a hard rocking, slick release that most fans and critics consider a slight mis-step. There's still plenty of  classic Sparks sarcasm here to enjoy.

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