Well, it's true. I was thinking about this yesterday. Most of the groups included in the Nuggets really probably had one or two or three hits. But still, I'm not sure it's unfair. I'm actually kind of complimented that the Raiders are in there, because it's a great mix of unique tunes. So I'll take it the other way. At that time, the Raiders did go through a few phases, and the music did change. But I think at the time that "Just Like Me" and "Steppin' Out" came out, it fit more in the category of what this package is all about.
Was Midnight Ride the last album recorded by the Raiders themselves as the studio band?
I'm not sure--around that time, but a little before.
Yeah. I remember at the end it was something about the excesses in Macy's window, and the children starving somewhere else in the world. The actually is in print, the CD.
So the first night we opened up, and "Ladies and gentlemen, our host for the evening, Mark Lindsay." And got a nice round of applause. And then just before intermission I did my little bit, I got a standing ovation. I went, "Wait a minute! This feels good again!" So that was the beginning of me gradually working it back to where we do about maybe 50-75, probably about 75 shows a year. Which is enough.
Thanks so much for your time, Mark. And I've gotta tell ya: of all the interviews I've ever done, this is the first one where I've felt like I needed to get to the phone, call my sister, and say, "Denise! Guess who I just spoke with?"
[Laughs] Well, tell Denise I said hello!