Taffy Nivert

Comedians have an old game they sometimes play called “Not Funny, Funny, Very Funny.”

It’s fairly simple – name a category, and come up with something in that category that fits each of those labels.

For the 1970’s quartet Starland Vocal Band, the list would have gone like this:
Not Funny – Jon Carroll
Funny – Bill Danoff or Margot Chapman
Very Funny – Taffy Nivert

Starland Vocal Band: Taffy, Bill, Margot, Jon (photo: billdanoff.com)

Taffy Nivert. Say that name and try not to smile. Taffy Nivert.

Taffy Nivert (photo: http://www.billdanoff.com)

Taffy Nivert of the Starland Vocal Band. Doesn’t ring a bell? It should. After wisely changing their name from “Fat City,” Starland Vocal Band won the Best New Artist Grammy Award in 1977 for their #1 single “Afternoon Delight,” which was recently also named the 20th sexiest song of all time by Billboard.

Yes, that list did include two songs from Rod Stewart in the top 10, but let’s ignore that for a moment. I think we can all just agree that “Afternoon Delight” is a fine – and yes, sexy – song.

The video – with its rhythmically superimposed fireworks and confrontational-looking vocal faceoffs – might not make a “20 sexiest” list for music videos, but remember that it was the 70’s, and this was 5 years before MTV existed. Not a bad effort.

“We got two of the five Grammys – one was Best New Artist. So that was basically the kiss of death and I feel sorry for everyone who’s gotten it since.” – Taffy Nivert

The band, which consisted of two husband-and-wife couples who divorced after the band’s demise, was never able to duplicate their early success, but “Afternoon Delight” was recently given new life after being featured in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Classy.

Most musicians would gladly trade in their entire career to make that one hit single. Bill and Taffy – who also co-wrote “Country Roads, Take Me Home” by John Denver – had two.

So perhaps she’s not bound for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but we’re glad to welcome one member to the Funny Names Hall of Fame.  Welcome, Taffy Nivert.

Taffy Nivert.

Taffy Nivert.

Taffy Nivert.

Now stop smiling into your computer screen.

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12 Responses to Taffy Nivert

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  5. Dave says:

    Reblogged this on The Blog of Funny Names and commented:

    Today’s Throwback Thursday post is the most throwback post I can offer – it’s like an antique. This is the first post I ever made on the BoFN and the only Dave post from 2011 (Arto had three). At one point, this post was responsible for about 60% of our total hits. Way to go Taffy!

  6. Dave that is too funny and coincidental. I re-read this post this past Monday after listening to the song on the radio.

    Great choice for a re-blog!

  7. Liz says:

    that’s a cool name for sure! one of those iconic songs, though didn’t know who sang or that one of the band members shared a first name with a type of candy.

    Funny to read an early post. Just the facts, ma’am–no banter or interplay among other blogs and bloggers. But a good read–short and sweet 🙂

    Oh, and if you’ve watched Arrested Development, this song makes an appearance in one of the many awkwardly funny storylines.

  8. wdydfae says:

    Wow, that’s pretty durn polished for a first BoFN post. You had the BoFN style nailed down tight from day one!

    OK, I never liked the song, but remember mocking it (probably unfairly) when it was on the radio in the 70s. Matt Damon also sings it to effect in Good Will Hunting. And I had the misfortune of watching a Glee episode where a school counseler was using this song for an abstinence campaign, and then the Sex Ed. teacher (guest appearance by Gwyneth Paltrow) pointed out that the song was about sex. Which I never got. But I usually don’t get lyrics anyway.

    But this brings everything in line with all the other escalating sexscapades we’ve been seeing around here these days! Sheesh! Why doesn’t everyone just take a cold shower already.

  9. Bumba says:

    The blog of Funny names rises to new depths! A brilliant and incisive analysis!

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