Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Drifters

Do you remember the Drifters, the doo-wop singing group from the 50s and 60s (actually, they're still active today) whose biggest hit was "Under the Boardwalk?" I guess their name is supposed to evoke an airy, easy feel, like they're drifting on a cloud or something. But what about the more common meaning of the word "drifter?" You know, somebody who moves aimlessly from town to town, job to job? It seems that would be more suitable for a punk band, or maybe a group of hobos with harmonica. It's a very different image.(Drifter illustration by Gavin Hargest.)


At Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 6:17:00 PM PDT, Blogger clynne said...

Oh wow. I *always* thought their name was supposed to be about hobos. I figured it was part of that over-romanticization of that lifestyle that occasionally happens. It never dawned on me there was a non-offensive interpretation.


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