and now for the songs — September 30, 2021

166) Gloria Jones — “Heartbeat” The original “Tainted Love” singer and Marc Bolan girlfriend belts out this Ed Cobb (producer of the Standells and the Chocolate Watchband) song. Here she is on Where the Action Is from October ’66: Here’s the single: 167) Gordon Lightfoot — “The Way I Feel” From Lightfoot’s first album (anContinue reading “and now for the songs — September 30, 2021”

and now for the songs — September 29, 2021

163) Golden Earring — “Daddy Buy Me a Girl” ‘66 single, appropriate for a band named Golden Earring. A real Dutch treat! “When only a little baby I already was rich. Wealthy mother and father gave me all I could wish . . . . Daddy buy me a girl. Please buy me a girl.Continue reading “and now for the songs — September 29, 2021”

and now for the songs — September 28, 2021

160) The Chocolate Watchband — “Are You Gonna Be There (At the Love In)” ‘67 single by the garage rock legends – they put it together in one day for the teen-ploitation classic The Love-Ins. IMDb describes the movie: “A college professor resigns in protest to the dismissal of student underground newspaper workers and laterContinue reading “and now for the songs — September 28, 2021”

and now for the songs — September 27, 2021

157) Michel Polnareff — “Le Bal des Laze” Dark masterpiece by Michel with lyrics were by Pierre Delanoë — a commoner has an affair with an aristocrat and is to be hanged for murdering her fiancé. “The largest ball in London. I was watching as they danced, Jane and her fiancé. I will be hangedContinue reading “and now for the songs — September 27, 2021”

and now for the songs — September 26, 2021

154) Kaleidoscope — “The Sky Children” From the British psychsters’s ‘67 album, “a fairytale dream” full of “whimsical lyrics” (per Vernon Joynson). It’s a close call, you be the judge: “They came to the village where the turtles in caves made pies for the people and the lemonade. A boat in the distance was suddenlyContinue reading “and now for the songs — September 26, 2021”

and now for the songs — September 25, 2021

151) Edwards Hand — “Banjo Pier” No apparent connection to Edward Scissorhands — the band emerged from Piccadilly Line. This song, from their first album (’69), was produced by George Martin. Richie Unterberger says in All Music Guide that the album had “an ambience that captures something of the most innocuous side of the SwingingContinue reading “and now for the songs — September 25, 2021”

and now for the songs — September 24, 2021

148) The Open Mind — “Magic Potion” MOJO says that this ‘69 song is one “whose frantic riff, demented drumming and furious guitar solos make many consider it to be the finest heavy psychedelic rock 45 ever produced in Britain.” Alas, the song was banned because of its too-obvious to deny celebration of LSD andContinue reading “and now for the songs — September 24, 2021”

and now for the songs — September 23, 2021

145) The Nazz — “Open My Eyes” B-side of Philly band’s September ’68 single was a visit to Who-ville, reaching #112. Nuggets says that it “was their crowning achievement, a dazzling power pop production that pits a tough, hard rock riff against soaring, Beatles-esque harmonies.” Todd Rundgren went on to bang on a drum allContinue reading “and now for the songs — September 23, 2021”

and now for the songs — September 22, 2021

142) The Temptations — “Message from a Black Man” A message song (’69) from the mighty Temptations whose message is even more relevant today than the day it was written. “Yes, your skin is white. Does that make you right? Why don’t you think about it? . . . This is a message, a messageContinue reading “and now for the songs — September 22, 2021”

and now for the songs — September 21, 2021

139) The Caravelles — “Hey Mama, You’ve Been on My Mind” This gorgeous ‘67 folk-rock single was sung by Londoners Lois Wilkinson and Andrea Simpson (who named their group after the French shortcommercial jet). They “were co-workers who entertained at office parties and amateur shows [who were e]ncouraged by co-workers to cut a record.” (AndrewContinue reading “and now for the songs — September 21, 2021”

and now for the songs — September 20, 2021

136) The Peppermint Trolley Co. — “Trust” Cool ‘68 single written by Paul Williams and Roger Nichols “performed” on a cool TV show — Mannix, the classic detective series. In the episode, as summarized by IMDb, “Mannix is hired by a secretive multi-millionaire to find his ex-wife. At least that’s what he has been toldContinue reading “and now for the songs — September 20, 2021”

and now for the songs — September 19, 2021 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY SPECIAL EDITION: THAT’S A HAL OF A WAY TO RUN A SPACESHIP!

“Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do. I’m half crazy all for the love of you. It won’t be a stylish marriage. I can’t afford the carriage. But you’d look sweet on the seat of a bicycle built for two.” It is one of the most iconic scenes in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.Continue reading “and now for the songs — September 19, 2021 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY SPECIAL EDITION: THAT’S A HAL OF A WAY TO RUN A SPACESHIP!”

and now for the songs — September 18, 2021

132) Paul McCartney — “Junk” Maybe I was so amazed by this song’s haunting melody and wistful lyrics that it became the theme song for my wedding. Paul composed it in India in ‘68 — finally released on his debut ‘70 solo album. “Motor cars, handlebars, bicycles for two.Broken-hearted jubilee. . . . ‘Buy, buy’Continue reading “and now for the songs — September 18, 2021”

and now for the songs — September 17, 2021

129) The Creation — “Through My Eyes” ’67 B-side by the Who’s doppelganger who beyond all rational explanation never made it big in the UK. As the liner notes to the “Our Music Is Red – with Purple Flashes” comp state, “[t]he Creation story is that apocryphal rock’n’roll tale of busts-ups, missed opportunities, dashed dreamsContinue reading “and now for the songs — September 17, 2021”

and now for the songs — September 16, 2021

126) Bob Dylan — “She’s Your Lover Now” Abandoned unfinished in the studio in January of ‘66. One of Dylan’s great caustic/bitter songs, up there with “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Positively 4th Street” and “Idiot Wind.” Do not get crosswise with this guy (or pick through his garbage in Greenwich Village)! “Pain sure brings outContinue reading “and now for the songs — September 16, 2021”

and now for the songs — September 15, 2021

123) Los Mac’s — “El Amor Despues De Los Veinte Años” The best psychedelic album (‘67) to ever have come from Chile? Yes! Even the band says so! And definitely recorded in an altered state. 124) Dirty Martha — “Children’s Song” A horn-driven band inspired by Blood, Sweat and Tears (that I presume wasn’t namedContinue reading “and now for the songs — September 15, 2021”

and now for the songs — September 14, 2021

120) Michel Polnareff — “Mes Regrets” Stunning, from the flamboyant French star’s second album. “Sorry to disturb you on such a beautiful evening. . . . Do not be afraid of me. I will not disturb your happiness that begins where my joy ends. . . . What good is it to say that lifeContinue reading “and now for the songs — September 14, 2021”

and now for the songs — September 13, 2021

117) The Blue Condition — “Once There Was a Girl” I don’t know much about this group, but it laid down some mesmerizing garage rock on this ’67 B-side. 118) The Impressions — “I’ve Been Trying” One of those wonderful B-sides overshadowed by the iconic status of the A side — in this case, “PeopleContinue reading “and now for the songs — September 13, 2021”

and now for the songs — September 12, 2021

114) The Fantastic Dee-Jays — “Fight Fire” Fantastic garage rock single (’66) by the Golliwogs . . . to become Creedence Clearwater Revival . . . done even better by the Dee-Jays that year. “When you tell me a lie girl, it don’t make me cry girl. I gotta fight fire with fire.” Here isContinue reading “and now for the songs — September 12, 2021”

and now for the songs — September 11. 2021

113) John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band — “Love” On this 20th anniversary of 9/11, the only thing I could think of to play that was remotely appropriate was John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band‘s “Love” from 1970, one of the most beautiful, delicate and consoling songs ever written. Even if it isContinue reading “and now for the songs — September 11. 2021”