The Gentry: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 12, 2021

280) The Gentry — “Sing Me a Sad Song” This gorgeous ’69 single was the first by the showband* from Ballymena, Northern Ireland, led by Cahir O’Doherty: By early December, 1968 . . . the band were “the only Northern group the young kids in Dublin really want to know about. . . . CahirContinue reading “The Gentry: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 12, 2021”

The Squires: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 11, 2021

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 callsContinue reading “The Squires: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 11, 2021”

World of Oz: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 10, 2021

278) World of Oz — “Peter’s Birthday” Oz may be a darling of critics and collectors, but I admit that this ‘68 carnival ride of a B-side to “Muffin Man” (Oz’s best-known song and 1st A-side) is the group’s only song I think is really cool. I guess you can chalk it up to theContinue reading “World of Oz: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 10, 2021”

Christopher: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 9, 2021

277) Christopher — “The Race” This is the B-side of Christopher’s only single (’70), a biting indictment of ultra-competitiveness in the “whoever dies with the most toys wins” vein. It appears that Christopher is actually Christopher Neil, who, according to Wikipedia, “is an Irish record producer, songwriter, singer, and actor” who “started in the mid-sixtiesContinue reading “Christopher: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 9, 2021”

The Charles Kingsley Creation: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 8, 2021

276) The Charles Kingsley Creation — “Summer Without Sun” Joe Meek produced this wonderful Merseybeat ballad by Welsh brothers Charles and Kingsley Ward. If the November ’65 A-side were written and released a year or two earlier, I’m sure it would have been a big hit in the UK and the U.S. However, everything probablyContinue reading “The Charles Kingsley Creation: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 8, 2021”

Mojo: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 7, 2021

275) Mojo — “Candle to Burn” San Francisco’s Mojo Men were certainly fluid. They were great when they were all men (see #140). They were even better when singer/drummer Jan Errico joined from the Vejtables (see #84), and they thus dropped the “Men” to become simply “Mojo.” “Candle to Burn” is the leadoff track ofContinue reading “Mojo: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 7, 2021”

O.V. Wright: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 6, 2021

274) O.V. Wright — “ Everybody Knows (The River Song)” “Overton Vertis Wright learned his trade on the gospel circuit with the Sunset Travelers before going secular in 1964.” (Bill Dahl, All Music Guide) (see #71). In his hands, the levee doesn’t have to break for the Mississippi River to exert a tragic and inexorableContinue reading “O.V. Wright: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 6, 2021”

John Wonderling: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 5, 2021

273) John Wonderling — “Man of Straw” Forget Dark Side of the Moon, this triumphant ‘68 B-side to “Midway Down” belongs on the Wizard of Oz soundtrack. Johnny Wonderling was of French ancestry, born and raised in Queens, New York. In 1968, he wrote “Midway Down” (recorded and released by The Creation in April 1968)Continue reading “John Wonderling: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 5, 2021”

Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 4, 2021

272) The Strawberry Alarm Clock — “Birds in My Tree” As Bruce Eder says in All Music Guide: [SAC’s] name is as well known to anyone who lived through the late-’60s psychedelic era as that of almost any group one would care to mention, mostly out of its sheer, silly trippiness as a name andContinue reading “Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 4, 2021”

Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 3, 2021

271) The Human Instinct — “A Day in My Mind’s Mind” A popular Kiwi band known as the Four Fours went to the Big City (London), changed its name to “the significantly cooler” Human Instinct (Mark Deming in All Music Guide), and released some classic singles, most notably this killer psych track (not to beContinue reading “Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 3, 2021”

Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 2, 2021

270) The Breakers — “Don’t Send Me No Flowers (I Ain’t Dead Yet)” The Memphis, Tennessee, band released this crazy-cool garage classic about a somewhat conceited guy as a ’65 A-side. It was written by Donna Weiss, the writer of “Bette Davis Eyes”! According to Rob Grayson: While they didn’t chart nationally, The Breakers knockedContinue reading “Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 2, 2021”

Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 1, 2021

269) Lee Hazlewood — “The Night Before” I’ve never understood France’s love affair with Jerry Lewis. Sweden’s affair with Lee Hazlewood — that I understand. This is my second selection from my favorite album of Lee’s — his ‘70 soundtrack to his Swedish TV film Cowboy in Sweden (see #48). Light in the Attic rightlyContinue reading “Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 1, 2021”