HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: and now for the songs — October 31, 2021

230) The Sonics — “The Witch” 231) The Sonics — “Psycho” OK, you definitely knew about the Sonics if you lived in the Pacific Northwest in the mid-sixties. But their fame only extended regionally, which is a shame, because if any band can be said to have rocked, the Sonics ROCKED! Mark Deming cuts toContinue reading “HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: and now for the songs — October 31, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 30, 2021

229) Marvin Gaye — “I Got to Get to California” From Gaye’s ’69 album M.P.G. that yielded two big hits comes this overlooked gem, which Jack Egan called in Rolling Stone in August of that year “my particular favorite; Marvin again strides through the song, building the intensity as his voice goes through an exquisiteContinue reading “and now for the songs — October 30, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 29, 2021

228) The Mops (ザ・モップス) — “Asahi Yo Saraba” The Mops were Japan’s self-proclaimed first psychedelic band! They formed in 1966 as an instrumental group (like the Ventures) and, then, according to Discogs: In the summer of 1967 their manager visited San Francisco, and was very excited about the hippie movement. He brought a copy ofContinue reading “and now for the songs — October 29, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 28, 2021

227) Blonde on Blonde — “Eleanor Rigby” From the stunning album by the Welsh band named after Dylan’s double LP. Bruce Eder says in All Music Guide that: The group took part in the Middle Earth Club’s Magical Mystery Tour, which brought them an initial splash of press exposure. They were also fortunate enough toContinue reading “and now for the songs — October 28, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 27, 2021

226) Graham Gouldman — “The Impossible Years” (68) (UK) I have taken “The Impossible Years” from songwriter extraordinaire (“For Your Love,” “Evil Hearted You,” and “Heart Full of Soul” for the Yardbirds, “Bus Stop” and “Look Through Any Window” for the Hollies, and “No Milk Today” for Herman’s Hermits) Graham Gouldman’s ’68 album The GrahamContinue reading “and now for the songs — October 27, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 26, 2021

225) The Mike Stuart Span — “Time”  Let me go out on a limb and dare say that this unreleased gem from a wonderful band from Brighton has quite profound lyrics: “If I had the time to do all the things that I wanted to do, where would I ever start? I might go toContinue reading “and now for the songs — October 26, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 25, 2021

224) The Rumors — “Hold Me Now” The A-side of the LA band’s only single — one of only three singles issued by the label (Gemcor). Richie Unterberger says in All Music Guide that: Of the many obscure “Louie Louie” ripoffs that have been recorded over the years, “Hold Me Now” is one of theContinue reading “and now for the songs — October 25, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 24, 2021

222) Room 222 Theme Song In honor of song #222, I present the theme song to the beloved TV show (for those of a certain age) Room 222, which aired from ‘69-‘74. As Nostalgia Central describes the series: Life at Walt Whitman High School – an integrated high school in Los Angeles – as seenContinue reading “and now for the songs — October 24, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 22, 2021

221) Buddy Miles — “Them Changes” Bring on the funk! Title song from Jimi’s favorite Gypsy’s ‘70 album (see also #112). It was his highest charting song, reaching #62 in September of ‘71. “Oh, my baby she stepped out on me. . . . She had me runnin’. She had me cryin’. She had meContinue reading “and now for the songs — October 22, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 21, 2021

220) The Birds — “Say Those Magic Words” The Birds kill it again (see #33, #99) — and I am not talkin’ Alfred Hitchcock — with this ’66 A-side. Nuggets II opines that: The Birds give the McCoys’ poppy original a lethal injection of mod aggression’s tough, confident vocals and . . . tremoloed guitarContinue reading “and now for the songs — October 21, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 20, 2021

219) Chris Lucey — “Girl from Vernon Mountain” A wonderful, haunting song and, if true, an incredible backstory. Richie Unterberger says in All Music Guide that Chris Lucey was “something of a mystery man of mid-’60s folk-rock.” In fact, Lucey was Bobby Jameson, a Sunset Strip folksinger who had turned to rock and roll afterContinue reading “and now for the songs — October 20, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 19, 2021

217) Lord Sitar — “I Can See for Miles” No, Klaatu fans, “Lord Sitar” was not George Harrison, rather, session guitar wiz Bill Jim Sullivan (who happened to own a sitar). He and his label were trying to cash in on the sitar craze in ‘68. Bruce Eder in All Music Guide says that: “OnContinue reading “and now for the songs — October 19, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 18, 2021

215) Susan Hampshire — “When Love Is True” Who knew that renowned English actress Susan Hampshire was a wonderful singer? Here is her A-side from July of ‘65. Per IMDb: “[H]er role in the 1967 BBC mini-series, The Forsyte Saga . . . made her famous and won her the first of her three EmmyContinue reading “and now for the songs — October 18, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 16, 2021

212) Ike and Tina Turner — “Get It – Get It!”  ’67 single and ’66 album title track — smokin! “Now if I can’t be first, don’t want to be no part at all. I just ain’t gonna sit on the sideline and watch you and your women have a ball. So if you thinkContinue reading “and now for the songs — October 16, 2021”

FROST IN THE OASIS? SPECIAL EDITION: now for the songs — October 15, 2021

I love Oasis to death, but Noel has been known to “borrow.” See, e.g., I don’t buy some of the examples in this video “expose,” but you have to be an idiot to hear “How Sweet to Be an Idiot” and not say “wait a second . . . .” The late great Neil InnesContinue reading “FROST IN THE OASIS? SPECIAL EDITION: now for the songs — October 15, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 14, 2021

206) Annie Philippe — “Pas de Taxi” Bouncy ‘67 single by the protege of Paul “Love Is Blue” Mauriat. In the song, a young lady is considering getting into a car driven by a not-handsome man because it is cold outside. Suddenly, a taxi arrives and saves her. The “morale: when you’re not very handsome,Continue reading “and now for the songs — October 14, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 13, 2021

203) Los Mac’s — “F.M. Y Cia” From Chile’s Sgt. Pepper’s. The Rising Storm says that: [The song] ha[s] what may be strident left-wing political lyrics [but] the vocals are pretty unintelligible, so it’s hard to say whether this is in fact a scathing indictment of United States media control in Chile or just anotherContinue reading “and now for the songs — October 13, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 12, 2021

200) Justine — “She Brings the Morning with Her” Melody Maker called this ’70 A-side “balm to the ears.” Yup. Johnkatsmc5 says: An odd British psych folk band comprised at their peak of three female vocalists and a couple male guitar players . . . American West Coast acid pop combined with rather staid EnglishContinue reading “and now for the songs — October 12, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 11, 2021

197) West Coast Experimental Pop Art Band — “Help, I’m a Rock” Mark Deming in All Music Guide says that: “[WCEPAB was o]ne of the more offbeat acts to emerge during the psychedelic era . . . eclectic and ambitious enough to live up to their slightly clumsy moniker, capable of jumping from graceful folk-rockContinue reading “and now for the songs — October 11, 2021”

and now for the songs — October 10, 2021

194) Les Irresistibles — “My Year Is a Day” ‘68 single by the American band, formed while living in Paris the prior year. The song is an English cover version of Dalida’s dramatic “Dans la Ville Endormie” and was their biggest success. It was released in the U.S. under the band name Arch of Triumph.Continue reading “and now for the songs — October 10, 2021”