Machines - They're Gonna Dig Us Our Graves
::John Livigni - Machines::
Machines weren't all that advanced in the mid seventies, but they must have concerned ol' John enough that he was moved to write this tribute to the dehumanization of our ever changing world. Or maybe the song was originally about something totally different, and then Jeff Barry got his hands on it. Ironically, this song could have never been put to vinyl, or heard by anyone, without the help of many different machines.
To me, it sounds like a theme to a lost 70's TV show; it’s kind of got that Mike Post thing going on. I can totally picture the opening credits. Sun-washed images of roller-skating girls in short-shorts and Dorothy Hamill haircuts grooving down the Venice Beach Boardwalk, guys dressed like Bjorn Borg doing exaggerated double takes as they pass by. Cut to an even more sun-washed vista of Los Angeles from the hills, etc.
This bouncy little nugget actually cracked the Cashbox Top 100 singles chart in 1975.