The Nazz — “Open My Eyes”, Manfred Mann Chapter Three — “Happy Being Me”, The Pipe Dream — “January Girl”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — 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. The Nuggets comp 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 all day.

146) Manfred Mann Chapter Three — “Happy Being Me”

’70 A-side from my favorite MM album (released after the band broke up and never released in the U.S.). As Mark Allan says of the album, “[i]t’s light years from the airy pop of “Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” . . . . This is as much jazz as rock. There’s hardly any guitar, but a swaggering horn section compensates.” (

147) The Pipe Dream — “January Girl”

Another selection from the Pipe Dream. Reminds me of January Jones!

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