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 all day.

“I’ve been told by some you’ll forget me. The thought doesn’t upset me. I am blind to whatever they’re saying. And all I can see is the fire in your eyes.”

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 in All Music Guide, “[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.”

“Could have been a railway main working on the Southern line. Could have been a fisherman throwing out my line. Could have been a sailor and spent my life at sea. But I’m doing what I want to do, I’m happy just being me.”

147) The Pipe Dream — “January Girl”

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

“They told me beware, you’re a kiss of ice, but I couldn’t quite take their advice. . . . Don’t go January girl . . . Don’t you know even summer grows cold when love is unkind.”

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