Embarrassment – Sex Drive ….80’s Underground Mondays

This song’s drums caught my attention…and the use of sex drive in a little different way.

The Embarrassment formed in Wichita, Kansas in 1979. The group consisted of John Nichols – vocals, organ,  Bill Goffrier, vocals, guitar, Brent “Woody” Giessmann, drums, Ronnie Klaus, bass…

Bill, John, and Woody more or less grew up together, started a punk rock trio in 1977. They recorded between November 1979 and May 1983, touring and playing out more or less continuously during this time.

Towards the end of 1983, the band decided that it was best for each member to pursue their own interests (musical and otherwise) and the group stopped functioning as a full-time project. The separation was not brought about by the typical personal or musical differences. It was more a matter of wanting to explore other parts of what life had to offer.

Their fans called them The Embos and they never really broke up or reformed – they never stopped writing songs together. So finally, in 1990 The Embarrassment came back with their first new studio recording in seven years, God Help Us on Bar/None Records. They also released an album in 2000 called Blister Pop.

The band has played random concerts after that including one at The Roadhouse, in Wichita.

After they broke up in 1983 the drummer Brent “Woody” Giessmann would go play with the Del Fuegos.

Sex Drive

Scott’s Trans Am has the windows down
But he’s in a jam when the girl’s around
He yells “Hey, get outta my way
I haven’t had any sex all day”
He stops at the curb and he opens the hood
He’s on the main drag and he thinks that’s good
He thinks that’s good
He’s on the main drag and he thinks that’s good
He’s on the main drag and he thinks that’s good

I’m going on a sex drive
I’m going on a sex drive
Sex drive
Sex drive

Jim took the bus, the engine is missing
He tries for the lust of Sarah’s kissing
If Jim gets his way and the bus makes a trip
They’ll have a highway lane with none of her lip
None of her lip
A highway lane with none of her lip
Highway lane with none of her lip

I’m going on a sex drive
Sex drive
Sex drive

Mr. Brown drove out of town
Takin’ his wife he took his wife
He took his wife
Takin’ his wife he took his wife
Takin’ his wife he took his wife

I’m going on a sex drive
I’m going on a sex drive
Sex drive
Sex drive

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

23 thoughts on “Embarrassment – Sex Drive ….80’s Underground Mondays”

  1. There is a lot to like about this song. Yes, the drumming is vigorous and I can’t imagine how many calories that burns! I really like the guy’s singing style. This has an Iggy Pop feel about it with the pounding beat and the lyrics and how he sings.

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    1. Thanks for listening Lisa… I do hear that influence in this one. I can see why college radio liked songs like this back in that synth time.

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  2. While I find the song as such average, how cow, that drumming is quite furious. I wonder how sore the drummer must have felt afterwards!😆

    I also like that “dry” and pumping bass sound, which reminds me a bit of Joe Jackson’s bassist Graham Maby.

    Good stuff!

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