The Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files: The Rubinoos Never Thought It Would Happen

Oct 25th, 2006 // 2 Comments

rubinoos.jpgWelcome to another edition of the Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files, in which we try to win your hearts and minds with a forgotten song that deserved a better life.

Artist: The Rubinoos
Song: “I Never Thought It Would Happen,” 1977
What happened: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in the late-’70s, there were approximately 2,745 power-pop bands residing in the United States. Which means that even though Berkeley, California’s Rubinoos had plenty of ace singles, the band’s place in skinny-tie history will always beovershadowed by the likes of Cheap Trick and the Raspberries.
Why it should have been a hit: A soft-rock puppy-love anthem with a near-disco groove, “Happen” was made for one of those overjoyous “Let’s show the young couple frollicking right before the break-up” movie montages. We’re still waiting for that to happen.

The Rubinoos – I Never Thought It Would Happen [MP3, link expired]


  1. Royfromage

    The Rubinoos SHOULD have be huge. Can’t forget power pop classics “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” and — my favorite — “Arcade Queen” (opening line = “I just got beat at a game of Pong, and I was feeling sore….”)

  2. GeezDatsAnnoying

    That joke with the numbers always gets me. “According to *something* there were *some number in the thousands* of *something*”. Always use a number in the thousands it’s the new bajillion.

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