and now for the songs — August 14, 2021

46) Norman Greenbaum, “Good Lookin’ Woman”

Norman Greenbaum was no one-hit wonder!  This is just one of his other cool songs. The title says it all — “I got the money, I’m willin’ to spend it on a good-lookin’ woman . . . good-lookin’ woman like you.”

47) The Poets, “Wooden Spoon”

First, let me say that I love Andrew Loog Oldham. I loved his two memoirs — Stoned and 2Stoned. I loved his DJ stint on Little Steven’s Underground Garage. I thought Mick Jagger was a total jerk to him. However, ALO is also undeniably responsible for the shattered dreams of some of the most promising British bands of the 60’s — either because he lost interest (read: what are Mick and Keith having for breakfast?) or because Immediate Records kept getting into financial trouble. Let me just mention Billy Nicholls and . . . the Poets, Scotland’s greatest band (sorry Bay City Rollers).

The fabulous “Wooden Spoon” paired with the equally monumental “In Your Tower” to constitute the Poets’s last and last gasp single (in ’67). No silver spoon in their mouths –“I’m a running in a mournful rat race until I fall down right on my face. Wooden spoon gotta lose it soon.”

48) Lee Hazlewood and Nina Lizell, “Hey Cowboy”

The legendary Lee Hazlewood went to Sweden in 1970 to make a TV show, with this duet with Nina Lizell pulled from the soundtrack. Hazlewood gave them both such great lines: [Nina] “Hey cowboy, where did you get the clothes you wear? Hey cowboy, where did you get the funny hair? What are you doing in the land of the midnight sun ’cause you better run . . . .” [Lee’s retort] “I’m maybe small but I know I’m right for you. No big cowboy can do the little things I do.”

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