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 is the Golliwogs’s version:


115) Pandemonium — “No Presents for Me”

A Brit psych classic, this April ‘67 single was a favorite of John Lennon, but it was admittedly “too weird to be a hit.”

“There’s one thing that I learned about life, you never get more than you give. You’ve gotta work for the things that you want. It’s in your hands, the life you live. I can see there’s no presents for me, fame and fortune will never be free.”

116) The Seeds — “Pushin’ Too Hard” (appearing on “The Mothers-in-Law”)

Nuggets notes that Sky Saxon “belts out the frustrated lyrics with a babbling intensity that verges on the psychotic.” OK, it reached #36 in February of ‘67, but how many of you have seen the Seeds “live” on the sitcom “The Mothers-in-Law”? As summarized by, “Jerry convinces his folks to put up $500 for a hippie rock group to make a demo recording. They scare off the band with talk of crew cuts, tuxedos, and old songs. The parents wind up recording ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ w/the help of a Salvation Army band. The Seeds play The Warts, and sing their hit song, ‘Pushing Too Hard.'” Samuel Huntington, this was truly a clash of civilizations!

“Well all I want is to just be free, live my life the way I wanna be, all I want is to just have fun, live my life like it’s just begun, but you’re pushin’ too hard, pushin’ too hard on me (too hard).”

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