and now for the songs — October 9, 2021

191) Johnny Taylor — “Watermelon Man”

The Philosopher of Soul pours some soul into Herbie Hancock’s composition on this track from his ’67 album. Alex Henderson says in All Music Guide that “[a]dding lyrics [to] Herbie Hancock’s ‘Watermelon Man,’ Taylor removes the song’s jazz elements and turns it into pure Southern R&B.”

192) The Paupers — “Think I Care”

’67 single by the Canadian band, once hyped by Albert Grossman as the next Beatles, was at least a decade ahead of its time. It would have been a big hit for the ’77-79 Talking Heads.

“Tell you a story that’ll make you laugh, make you cry and make you stare. Well it’s a story bout my baby and her favorite line. She says ”you think I care?” (She don’t care).”

Single version:

Album version:

193) The Eyes — “When the Night Falls” 

’65 single, the first by the West London band. Richie Unterberger says in All Music Guide that the Eyes’s “clutch of singles . . . stand up to the Who’s work from the same era in their blend of extremely innovative guitar feedback/ distortion and anthemic mod songwriting.”

“I’ve told you many times before if you deceive me I’ll want you no more. . . . I don’t regret the things I’ve done although I miss your lovin’. When the night falls. . . . I’m sorry it’s got to end this way. Believe me girl I wanted to stay. But one lesson I have learned — It’s not to trust you when my back is turned. So don’t be phonin’ tellin’ me you’re blue, cos’ baby I suffer, too. When the night falls.”

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