Harumi: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 30, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 501) Harumi — “First Impressions” “Impressions” is the B-side of Harumi’s only single. Dr. Schluss says it’s “a great track that mixes British style whimsy with the lighter side of San Fran acid rock. Plus it has vibraphone, which as you may know,Continue reading “Harumi: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 30, 2022”

Les Sauterelles/ Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 29, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 500) Les Sauterelles — “Heavenly Club” The “Swiss Beatles”! Their pop psych classic “Heavenly Club” asks the eternal question “What if I get to heaven and can’t pay the admission fee?”, and it was the first Swiss song to hit #1 in theContinue reading “Les Sauterelles/ Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 29, 2022”

The Open Mind: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 28, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 499) The Open Mind — “Cast a Spell” Here is the spellbinding B-side to the band’s legendary ’69 A-side “Magic Potion.” (see #148) John “Mojo” Mills says of the Mind that: As a defining point of the U.K. psychedelic/progressive rock crossover, the OpenContinue reading “The Open Mind: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 28, 2022”

Etta James: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 27, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 498) Etta James — “Just a Little Bit” As Derek Anderson says, “Etta James had one of the most recognizable, charismatic and soulful voices you’ll ever have privilege of hearing.” (see #316) (https://dereksmusicblog.com/2015/02/22/etta-james-at-last-2/) Just a year before Robert Plant announced his scheme toContinue reading “Etta James: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 27, 2022”

Robin Gibb: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 26, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 497) Robin Gibb — “Mother and Jack” What an unexpected and cool song by Robin! Bruce Eder calls “Mother and Jack” a “calypso-flavored piece that . . . ended up on the B-side of [Robin’s hit] “Saved By the Bell” and “offered possibilitiesContinue reading “Robin Gibb: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 26, 2022”

The Mindbenders: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 25, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 496) The Mindbenders — “Schoolgirl” BANNED BY THE BBC. This Graham Gouldman-composed (see #226) ‘67 A-side and album track by the post-Wayne Fontana Mindbenders got banned “over its allegedly lascivious tale of teen pregnancy)”/but “is an astonishingly catchy number that ought to haveContinue reading “The Mindbenders: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 25, 2022”

We the People: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 24, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 495) We the People — “You Burn Me Up and Down” This sizzling ’66 B-side by the Orlando, Florida, garage rock “super-group” is “one of the genre’s greatest songs ever”/“a very unique number with a wonderful slide guitar riff to open the song[,Continue reading “We the People: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 24, 2022”

John Pantry: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 23, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 494) John Pantry — “Mississippi Paddleboat” Oh man, does John Pantry kick ass. OK, since he began a quite successful career in Christian music and broadcasting after the ’60’s came to a close, let me just say “Hallelujah” for John Pantry. A singerContinue reading “John Pantry: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 23, 2022”

Nick Garrie: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 22, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 493) Nick Garrie — “David’s Prayer” Today is the great Nick Garrie’s birthday. I have had the honor of featuring more songs of his than anyone else’s on my blog (see #3, 19, 41, 65, 104, 137, 245, 362). “David’s Prayer” is aContinue reading “Nick Garrie: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 22, 2022”

The Good Feelins: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 21, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 492) The Good Feelins — “Shattered” This ‘68 A-side from the San Bernardino garage band “steals the show . . . an intense, brooding punkadelic stomper with ripping fuzz guitar, in-your-face keyboards, and a wicked dual guitar break.” (Gilesi, https://cosmicmindatplay.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/classic-singles-76-the-good-feelins-im-lost-shattered-1968/) Psychedelicized gives someContinue reading “The Good Feelins: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 21, 2022”

The Idle Race: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 20, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 491) The Idle Race — “Lucky Man” Speaking of music hall (see yesterday’s song), the Idle Race transports you there via BOAC with a jaunty, loveable sad sack song. Bruce Eder says that “there’s a certain music hall ambience” to ‘Lucky Man’” (https://www.allmusic.com/album/the-birthday-party-mw0000579621)Continue reading “The Idle Race: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 20, 2022”

Brian Poole and the Seychelles: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 19, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 490) Brian Poole and the Seychelles — “Send Her to Me” Yes, that is not a typo, I didn’t mean to say Brian Poole and the Tremeloes in the Seychelles, I meant Brian Poole and the Seychelles! This ‘69 A-side by Poole andContinue reading “Brian Poole and the Seychelles: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 19, 2022”

The Poets: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 18, 2022

489) The Poets — “I Love Her Still” THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD ’65 B-side by Scotland’s greatest ‘60’s band (see #47, 86, 223) — whose unjustified obscurity can be laid at the feet of Andrew Loog Oldham. Poets, I love you still. Richie Unterberger tells the tale:Continue reading “The Poets: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 18, 2022”

“If You Want This Love of Mine” Special Edition: Sonny Knight/West Coast Experimental Pop Art Band: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 17, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 487) Sonny Knight — “If You Want This Love of Mine” As Little Steven might say, this is a wicked cool R&B slow burner by Sonny Knight that was transformed a few years later into a pop psych stunner. Only in the ’60’s!Continue reading ““If You Want This Love of Mine” Special Edition: Sonny Knight/West Coast Experimental Pop Art Band: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 17, 2022″

Magic Swirling Ship: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 16, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 486) Magic Swirling Ship — “He’s Coming Part 2” OK, I couldn’t find a photo of the band, so I used one of Dylan, whom the band members seemingly named themselves after!* Hold on, “He’s Coming” is the maniacal, fuzz-drenched garage rock B-sideContinue reading “Magic Swirling Ship: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 16, 2022”

Jerry Jeff Walker: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 15, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 485) Jerry Jeff Walker — “Courage of Love” Yet again, I feature a song by a Walker who wasn’t really a Walker* — this a lovely, quiet and reflective song from Jerry’s third album (’69), which was “by and large . . .Continue reading “Jerry Jeff Walker: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 15, 2022”

The Bee Gees: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 14, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 484) The Bee Gees — “I Don’t Know Why I Bother with Myself” “I Don’t Know Why”, an album track off of Spicks and Specks (‘66) (the Bee Gees’ second studio album) was the first song credited to Robin Gibb. It is aContinue reading “The Bee Gees: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 14, 2022”

Gary Walker & the Rain: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 13, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 483) Gary Walker & the Rain — “The View” “The View” is a stunning number from Album No. 1, one of Great Britain’s great lost pop psych albums — only it wasn’t really lost, as it was released in Japan, and it wasn’tContinue reading “Gary Walker & the Rain: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 13, 2022”

Nueva Democracia: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 12, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 482) Nueva Democracia — “Hey, Hey” Shimmering sunshine pop from sunny Spain! Mundo & Mr. Toytown tell us that: After winning the famous La Voz Del Mino radio show contest, they moved to Madrid to play some shows and record a 45 .Continue reading “Nueva Democracia: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 12, 2022”

49th Parallel: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 11, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 481) 49th Parallel — “Lazerander Filchy” Another song from Calgary’s 49th Parallel (see #367). This is the one and only psych classic about a creepy taxidermist (who might possibly be applying his craft to people) — which one would think to be aContinue reading “49th Parallel: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 11, 2022”