and now for the songs — September 10, 2021

110) Led Zeppelin — “Sugar Mama” Zeppelin unheard?  No way!  Way, as this smoking outtake from their first album wasn’t released until 2015. “Sugar mama where you been?” 111) Marianne Faithfull — “The Sha La La Song” The B (better) side of “Summer Nights,” her last hit single (#24 in Sept. ’65). “He made meContinue reading “and now for the songs — September 10, 2021”

and now for the songs — September 9, 2021

107) Boudewijn de Groot (and Elly Nieman) — “Meester Prikkebeen” De Groot was born in a Japanese prison camp in Java in 1944 (where his mother died the following year). He became a hugely popular singer in the Netherlands, and “under the influence of the upcoming hippie movement as well as being more or lessContinue reading “and now for the songs — September 9, 2021”

and now for the songs — September 8, 2021

104) Nick Garrie — “Bungles Tour” The great album’s comic relief: “Bungles will be waiting at the bus. The French are crooks so put your trust in us. We’ll get you fish and chips and English beer to wet your lips. Yes never fear the Bungles man is here.” 105) The Pipe Dream — “TheContinue reading “and now for the songs — September 8, 2021”

and now for the songs — September 6, 2021

101) Marmalade, “I See the Rain Again” Before they rocketed to success with their cover of “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” the Scottish group released this anthemic single in August of ’67. It was Jimi Hendrix’s favorite song that year, and Jimi was spot-on.  Nuggets says it was “as good as British psychedelic pop gets.”  The single failedContinue reading “and now for the songs — September 6, 2021”

And now for the songs — September 6, 2021 LABOR DAY SPECIAL

100) The Kinks — “Get Back in Line” From 1970’s Lola album. Shaun Richman wonderfully puts Ray Davies’s “anti-union” song in context: [I]n 1964 . . . . The Kinks were stars, but they were denied the opportunity to tour America while all of their compatriots were making the Ed Sullivan Show their first stopContinue reading “And now for the songs — September 6, 2021 LABOR DAY SPECIAL”

and now for the songs — September 4, 2021

97) Third Bardo, “Five Years Ahead of My Time” A-side of their only single (5/67), and the NYC band nailed it.  Garage psych at its best. Supposedly pulled off the air because of presumed drug references. 98) Jeff Monn, “I Need a Friend” Former Third Bardo lead singer Jeff Monn released an incredible album inContinue reading “and now for the songs — September 4, 2021”

and now for the songs — September 3, 2021

94) The Electric Banana, “Alexander” Actually, the Banana was the Pretty Things in disguise, making some much needed money by providing songs for films trying to be hip. The liner notes to the Complete De Wolfe Sessions comp explain that the “Swinging London phenomenon had led to a profusion of groovy movies chronicling life [there]Continue reading “and now for the songs — September 3, 2021”

and now for the songs — September 1, 2021

91) The Flies, “I’m Not Your Stepping Stone” MOJO’s Acid Drops, Spacedust & Flying Saucers comp calls the Flies’s take on the song “almost psychotically venomous.” They were definitely not Monkeeing around. The band became infamous at the storied 14 Hour Technicolor Dream benefit in part by urinating on the audience. Acid Drops concludes thatContinue reading “and now for the songs — September 1, 2021”