January 11, 2012

Grocery Store Favorites: How Much I Feel

It pains me to list this as a Grocery Store Favorite, because this song is my jam.

Ambrosia took on several incarnations, this one obviously being the most successful. This tune was their biggest hit, reaching #3 on the Billboard chart in 1978. They would follow up with "Biggest Part of Me" and "You're The Only Woman (You and I)," both in 1980.

All three hits qualify as Grocery Store Favorites, which is a real shame, because they are some great examples of Blue-Eyed Soul.

I suddenly have an urge to order a half pound of pastrami, shaved thin.


  1. This Ambrosia song, along with Meatloaf's "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" and whatever's "You Left Me Just When I Needed You Most" are the soundtrack to my experience of my parents' divorce. I basically thought adult love was insane and full of remorse and shittiness. Oh, also that Dan Fogelburg song about meeting my old lover in a grocery store. What the fuck, people?

  2. PS and yet I still love all the songs I mentioned.

  3. *laughing, tears in eyes at same time* Oh, Rex. That is simultaneously tragic and hilarious.

    Whenever I hear "Him" by Rupert Holmes, I am reminded by a particularly bitter divorce our neighbors went through in the summer and fall of 1980. Their drama made a HUGE impression on me, as I was coming of age (9-10 years old).

  4. Also ABBA's "The Winner Takes It All," which the divorcing mother listened to over and over and over and over again, even as she got herself a bunch of hot-to-trot Calvin Klein jeans and a new perm and a younger boyfriend, post-divorce. We moved away a couple of years later, after she married the new boyfriend. The last I heard, she and the new guy were divorced, too, and he left her bankrupt.

  5. I have "Him" on vinyl (first track on a Ktel compilation, hand to god!) and I play it not infrequently. The rest of the songs on that album: You Would Love.

    I love reading you because you clearly soaked up 90% of the same ambient pop crap/greatness that I did. Same era. Same love. Yay!

    ABBA's "Winner," also crushing. I like how she pronounces "Loser," like "Looser."

    "Kramer v. Kramer" had a big, depressing influence on me too. Even though I'm sure I never saw it, I'm pretty sure it precipitated my parents' divorce. Cause and effect: movie comes out, parents split. Of course, Pablo Cruise's "Love Will Find a Way" came out then too, so ...

  6. Anonymous14 June, 2011

    "How Much I Feel" came out right when I broke up with my first love. I had to turn it every time it came on the radio. ALL these years later, I can listen to it but I still get a little pang in my heart.
    However, I'm going to look up "Him" on YouTube right now. Love that song!