Our Top 10 Flo & Eddie songs list looks at the songs that Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan released as the solo Flo & Eddie act. Many classic rock fans are very much aware that Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan were the founding member of the great 1960s band The Turtles. This was a group that celebrated some big time commercial hits in the 1960s. However, after the band broke up, Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan would embark on a musical career that would involve many musical stops and engagements besides just their solo work as Flo & Eddie. Their first stop was to join up with Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention as the Phlorescent Leech & Eddie.
During their time with Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, Flo & Eddie would begin releasing their own solo albums. At the same time they would become much sought after for their incredible vocal harmonies and skills in the recording studio. The two would spend many years working with countless bands and artists and found themselves on hundreds of albums. They worked and recorded with such brilliant artists that crossed so many genres such as Alice Cooper, Stephen Stills, The Psychedelic Furs, Blondie, Jefferson Airplane , The Ramones and many more. One of their most popular studio recordings was when they sang backing vocals for Bruce Springsteen on Springsteen’s first hit single “Hungry Heart,” from The River album in 1980.
It’s tough to put a Flo & Eddie songs compilation together because they’ve done so many different things throughout their career. Between the songs they composed and recorded with their band The Turtles, the music they did with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention and all the studio recordings they became involved with, how does one choose just 10 Flo and Eddie songs to present? In order to make it a little bit easier, we decided just to pick songs from the Flo & Eddie solo albums. And even that was difficult because they have released so many great solo records. We tried to mix it up a bit just to showcase the genius of Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan on this top 10 Flo & Eddie songs list.
# 10 – Boogie
We open up our top 10 Flo & Eddie songs list with the live version of the song “Boogie.” This is off Flo & Eddie’s most recent album entitled New York “Times.” The album was released in 2009. We start out with this one because it just defines how much fun Flo & Eddie were in concert. It’s a bit chaotic, it’s rowdy, it’s just based on blues changes. but when you’re listening to this, you know you just want to be there too. And isn’t that the point of all of this? The tune “Boogie,” originally appeared in Flo & Eddie’s film Down and Dirty Duck.
# 9 – Burn The House
Continuing with our top 10 Flo & Eddie songs list we take a listen to the humorous song entitled “Burn The House.” It’s amazing how sweet a melody the two of them could write as they sung a song about burning down the house. This tune has harmonies to die for and such brilliant chord changes you wish at times it was more of a serious song, but then that would simply ruin how great this is. You either love this or you don’t. WE LOVE IT! The song was released on the album entitled The Phlorescent Leech and Eddie. The album was released in 1970. This was Flo & Eddies first solo album of original material.
# 8 – Hot
In the number eight spot our top 10 Flo & Eddie songs list we present the song entitled “Hot.” The song was released on the album entitled Moving Targets. This was one of the most popular if not the most popular Flo & Eddie solo albums. The song “Hot,” has a bit of an early Steely Dan feel to it. And maybe we hear that because Steely Dan guitarist Jeff Baxter plays on this tune, as well as one time short lived Chicago guitarist Donnie Dacus. The Moving Targets album was released in 1976.
# 7 – Let Me Make Love To You
In the number seven position our top 10 Flo & Eddie songs list is the song entitled “Let Me Make Love To You.” This is such a great Flo & Eddie song that reminds us of the material they wrote in The Turtles.The song was released on the album entitled Illegal, Immoral and Fattening. The album was released in 1975. The song featured the legendary drummer Aynsley Dunbar as well as Flo & Eddies former Mothers Of Invention band mate Ian Underwood. The great Leland Sklar who played with Linda Ronstadt and pretty much every band signed to Elektra Records played bass on the song.
# 6 – I Been Born Again
Landing in the number six spot our top 10 Flo & Eddie songs list we present the song “I Been Born Again” There is a very heavy Frank Zappa vibe on this one. The song is defined by a great jazz rock groove augmented by some cool horn fills and some Frank Zappa style vibes. But of course the highlight of the song is the suburb vocals by Flo & Eddie that are just captivating in this track. Frank Zappa’s sensational keyboardist Don Preston lays down some great keyboard solos on this one.
# 5 – Cheap
At the halfway point on our top 10 Flo & Eddie songs list is the Flo & Eddie classic cut entitled “Cheap.” The song first appeared in the animated movie entitled Down and Dirty Duck. It was an animated film that starred Flo & Eddie that was inspired by the success of the animated adult film Fritz The Cat. Down and Dirty Duck was released in 1974. The song was recorded with different lyrics in 1975 and released on the Flo & Eddie album Illegal, Immoral and Fattening.
# 4 – Those Guys
At the number four spot on our top 10 Flo & Eddie songs list we present the song “Those Guys.” You gotta love this one. The camp in this is almost overwhelming. The song was released on the album entitled Rock Steady With Flo & Eddie. The album was released in 1981.The entire album was filled with songs in the rocksteady & reggae genres with the humor of Flo & Eddie. It doesn’t get better than this.
# 3 – Elenore
Moving along on our top 10 Flo & Eddie songs list we turn to a song that was first released from Flo & Eddie with their band The Turtles in 1968. However Flo & Eddie recorded a newer version with a lot more energy and speed on their 1976 album Moving Targets. This is such a great version we had to include it on this Flo & Eddie songs list.
# 2 – Feel Older Now
As wIn the number two spot on our top 10 Flo & Eddie songs list we celebrate the song “Feel Older Now.” The song was released on Flo & Eddie’s debut solo album The Phlorescent Leech and Eddie. This is just a kicking song that contains all the elements of the music of Flo & Eddie that we love. First and foremost are the sensational vocals that Flo & Eddie always delivered on album after album. The heavy metal camp screams they sing on this one are just perfect. There’s a sort of big time Eleanor style chorus on the track along with some ripping guitar work that just ignites this great rock and roll number from Flo & Eddie.
# 1 – Keep It Warm
We close out our top 10 Flo & Eddie songs list with the classic track “Keep It Warm.” This is just one of the great 70s gems that you never get tired of listening too. There’s a bit of a Todd Rundgren feel to the intro although his producing talents had nothing to do with this song. Add a little Chicago style horns to the music and Flo & Eddie’s ode to the Beatles and Beach Boys within the song and you have almost the perfect rock and roll pop song with it’s dark lyrics, sweet melody and moments of hope at the end. This is one of the really brilliant highlights in the wonderful and brilliant career of Flo & Eddie.
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