Gene Chandler & Jerry Butler: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — February 7, 2022

347) Gene Chandler & Jerry Butler — “You Just Can’t Win (By Making that Same Mistake Again)” Two soul greats combine forces to make a wonderful album — ‘70’s Gene & Jerry One & One — and no one buys it. Well, the album did produce two minor R&B hits, including “You Just Can’t Win,”Continue reading “Gene Chandler & Jerry Butler: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — February 7, 2022”

“That’s the Bag I’m In” Special Edition: Fred Neil/The Fabs/Buzzy Linhart: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — February 6, 2022

Nobody’s talkin’, everybody’s singin’ “That’s the Bag I’m In.” Take one classic semi-comic song and listen to two radically different but fab and buzz-worthy interpretations. 344) Fred Neil — That’s the Bag I’m In” This sly ‘66 album track was also a ‘68 B-side to Neil’s original version of “Everybody’s Talkin’”, which Harry Nilsson famouslyContinue reading ““That’s the Bag I’m In” Special Edition: Fred Neil/The Fabs/Buzzy Linhart: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — February 6, 2022”

The Idle Race: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — February 5, 2022

343) The Idle Race — “The Morning Sunshine” Let there be Light. The Idle Race (see also #30) and its “cheerfully trippy” (Bruce Eder, All Music Guide) first album, ‘68’s The Birthday Party, are the divine sparks that lit the Electric Light Orchestra. Fittingly, this gorgeous and fleeting album track and B-side is titled “TheContinue reading “The Idle Race: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — February 5, 2022”

Keith Everett: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — February 4, 2022

342) Keith Everett — “She’s the One Who Loved You” I don’t play hometown favorites. We’ll, actually I let YouTube do the playing — witness the Del-Vetts from Highland Park, Illinois (see #250) and today’s selection — Keith Everett (real name Keith Gravenhorst) from the bordering town of Deerfield. I went to Highland Park HighContinue reading “Keith Everett: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — February 4, 2022”

The Remains: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — February 3, 2022

341) The Remains — “Why Do I Cry” (May 26, 1966 live in the studio version) “Why Do I Cry,” the band’s second A-side (’65) (see also #125), was a hit in the Remains’s home town of Boston. Mark Deming in All Music Guide calls the song “swaggering” while Nuggets says it “demonstrates how theContinue reading “The Remains: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — February 3, 2022”

Pinkerton’s Assorted Colors: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — February 2, 2022

340) Pinkerton’s Assorted Colors — “Magic Rocking Horse” “Magic Rocking Horse” was a ‘66 A-side by PAC that didn’t achieve the success it so richly deserved. It is a wonderful song about cherished childhood memories helping one emerge intact from troubled times, which Anorak Thing calls “great baroque pop with ringing acoustic guitars and aContinue reading “Pinkerton’s Assorted Colors: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — February 2, 2022”

Joe Bataan: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — February 1, 2022

339) Joe Bataan— “Gypsy Woman” Joe Bataan (see #55). Boogaloo. Not down Broadway, we’re talking 106th and Lexington. Richard Pierson in All Music Guide tells us that: Born Peter Nitollano, of African-American/Filipino parents, Joe Bataan grew up in Spanish Harlem, where he ran with Puerto Rican gangs and absorbed R&B, Afro-Cuban, and Afro-Rican musical influences. .Continue reading “Joe Bataan: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — February 1, 2022”