279) The Squires — “Going All the Way“
‘66 A-side is a teenage wanderlust bucket list from the Bristol, Connecticut band. The song had the honor of being included on the 1st Pebbles LP compilation in ‘79. Richie Unterberger says in All Music Guide that it “was a tough but melodic garage-pop original.” Nuggets calls it “a transcendent ’60s rock ‘n’ roll record” and “an almost perfect creation” — “[t]hat the song wasn’t a huge hit . . . is shameful . . . .” Dave Furgess declares that:
[It] is quite simply one of the top 10 USA garage 45’s of the era. Musically it comes on as strong as 1966 Byrds blended with the toughness of the early Who. Lyrically it is in the same ballpark as Third Bardo’s “I’m 5 Years Ahead Of My Time” & The Who’s “I Can See For Miles” in that it is a teenage declaration of intent.http://rockasteria.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-squires-going-all-way-with-squires.html
“All the Way” did well in Connecticut, but not elsewhere. I guess the band could still play Foxwoods. The draft broke the band up the following year.
“Before the end of my time I’m going all the way, yeah I’m going all the way. . . . My hopes are gettin’ so much higher. My soul is burnin’ inside, yeah. That flame is turnin’ to a fire. . . . I’ll see the towns from the north to the south, from the east to the west, yeah. All the cities, all the countries before that long, long rest, yeah.”