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 life is only possible with you? You are not listening to me. You do not see me.”

121) The (Australian) Playboys — “Sad”

Brilliant ‘67 B-side of the only single released by the Aussie band (which had backed Normie Rowe), recorded while in the UK. The A-side, not so much — rockin’ out to “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep.”

122) Les Fleur De Lys — “Circles”

The Fleur de Lys issued this single while the Who were involved in a legal tussle over the song (which was supposed to be the follow-up single to “My Generation”) with Shel Talmy. It is a cover that (maybe) outdoes the original. Nuggets II opines that it “may rank as the most explosive cover of a Pete Townshend song ever, surpassing the energy level of The Who’s own version.”

“Circles, my head is going round in circles. My mind is caught up in a whirlpool, draggin’ me down. . . . Everything I do, I think of you. No matter how I try, I can’t get by. Circles, leading me back to you.”

The Who’s version:

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