Welcome 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]