NRBQ “Grooves in Orbit”

Posted 09 Aug 2010 in 80s, Albums of 1983, Albums of the 80s, Rock + Roll


Today’s Cool Album of the Day  is NRBQ’s Grooves in Orbit.

This one really fits the bill as NRBQ Grooves in Orbit is indeed a very ‘cool’ album.
This one finds the worlds greatest bar band at quite possibly their creative peak.
It runs end to end with many tunes that stayed in their live show for years. Decades even.

Side one starts with the perfect, “Rain at the Drive In.” A song about a couple that loves to go to the drive in when it’s raining because it’s easier to get the windows to fog. How can you beat that? Just the fact that it’s about a stinkin’ drive in makes it cool!

One of my other favorites on Grooves in Orbit is ‘Terry Adams gem, “A Girl Like That.” A story about a friend telling his musician buddy that his current girl friend isn’t good enough for him. It contains one of my favorite lines of all time. “She hears all music the same.” Perfect!!!

Other wonderful numbers include Joey Spaminatos’ “My Girl Friend’s Pretty,” and “I Like That Girl.”

Also look for a couple classic covers, “12 Bar Blues” and Johnny Cash’s “Get Rhythm.”

NRBQ, the most fun you’ll ever have at a live show.

I was looking for a video of one of the great songs on this album but couldn’t really find one. SOOOooo instead I’m going to post “Ridin’ in My Car.”  I think this is one of the best songs I’ve ever hear and it’s my blog so why in the hell not!

–Larry Carta

Track Listing

Side One

  1. Rain at the Drive-In
  2. Some Kind of Blues
  3. How Can I Make You Love Me
  4. 12 Bar Blues
  5. Girl Like That
  6. My Girlfriend’s Pretty

Side Two

  1. When Things Was Cheap
  2. Smackaroo
  3. I Like That Girl
  4. Daddy-“O”
  5. Get Rhythm
  6. Hit the Hay


  • Drums – Tom Ardolino
  • Guitar, Vocals – Al Anderson
  • Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals – Joey Spampinato
  • Piano, Clavinet, Cornet, Vocals – Terry Adams
  • Tenor Saxophone – Keith Spring
  • Trombone – Donn Adams

See our write up of Skeeter Davis and NRBQ, ‘She Sings, They Play’

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Spampinato Brothers Website

Al Anderson Website

Posted by Larry Carta

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