Reparata and the Delrons: 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 (https://www.gullbuy.com/buy/2006/2_1/onekisscanlead.php). 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 . . . .

https://teleport-city.com/2013/12/26/reparata-and-the-delrons/

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. . . .” (https://www.allmusic.com/artist/reparata-the-delrons-mn0000393299/biography).

“Sunday morning, if you can call it a morning, I roll out of bed though I’d rather be dead. But I’m up, so I’ll pour me a cup. As I’m yawning, I look outside and it’s pouring. My crazy old neighbor ran out for his paper. It’s wet, but he knows that he’s set for the day. Let me see now. Let me gather my mind. What happened last night? No! Saturday night didn’t happen. Saturday night didn’t happen. He didn’t say he was leaving. Tell me I was only dreaming. Saturday night didn’t happen. Say it didn’t happen. The ceiling is leaking, the chair I sit in is creaking, and so is the parrot, I feed him a carrot, and then he’ll be quiet again. Pull my shoes on and throw some rhythm and blues on. Back in my chair I . . . every night at the rain. Let me see now. Let me gather my mind. What happened last night? No! Saturday night didn’t happen. Saturday night didn’t happen. He didn’t really leave me. Hey you got to believe me. Saturday night didn’t happen. Say it didn’t happen. I’d give anything if Saturday night didn’t happen. No! Saturday night didn’t happen. Say it didn’t happen. . . .”

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