Reparata and the Delrons — “Saturday Night Didn’t Happen”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — March 20, 2022

389) Reparata and the Delrons — “Saturday Night Didn’t Happen”

Girl group goes psycho! Sorry, that was a typo. Girl group goes psych! This ‘68 A-side by RAD is a “psych pop masterpiece [full of] demented psych ( Rob Chapman writes that “the chorus plays off denial against desire and wishes that the weekend’s indiscretions had all been a bad dream” (Psychedelia and Other Colours) and Marcello Carlin that this “extraordinary” song was pinned by Suzi Quatro “as where the Shangri-Las might have gone had they lasted long enough to tackle psychedelia.” (The Blue in the Air). Todd explains that:

Two of the Delrons’ most adventurous sides were written by Kenny Young, the American songwriter responsible for “Under the Boardwalk” and other hits. “The Captain of Your Ship”, a 1968 tune featuring nautical sound effects, insectile guitars and a lyric positioning the narrator’s conscience as the captain of a sinking ship, managed to become a top twenty hit in the UK (peak position on the Billboard U.S. chart: #127). This kicked off what would be the highpoint of the group’s career, during which their arrival in Britain was feted at a reception attended by members of the Beatles. Another Young penned track, the psychedelic “Saturday Night Didn’t Happen”, featured spacy sound effects and an anguished, echo-plexed cry of “no!” leading into the chorus . . . .

Bruce Eder says, as I have quoted before (see #258), that “[f]or a group that never made the Top 40, and came along almost too late to exploit the [girl group] sound they produced, Reparata and the Delrons have proved amazingly durable. . . .” (

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