The Boys Blue: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — June 1, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD

469) The Boys Blue — “You Got What I Want”

I previously featured the Sorrows’ take on “Take a Heart”, a song written by Miki Dallon and first released by The Boys Blue (see #407). Well, what goes around comes around. Today I am featuring the Boys Blue’s B-side to “Take a Heart” — “You Got What I Want”, which the Sorrows also subsequently released as an A-side and was also written by Dallon. Richie Unterberger calls it a “really good track[ with] a poppy R&B raver kind of sound” (https://www.allmusic.com/album/thats-alright-mw0000600394) and an “excellent, tough R&B/pop fusion[]”. (https://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-boys-blue-mn0001385051)

Untergerger also notes that “[s]ome have believed that the [Boys Blue] was a pseudonym for, or an earlier version of, the Sorrows, because both songs were also recorded by the Sorrows. Additionally, both songs were written by Miki Dallon . . . . It turns out, though, that the Boys Blue were . . . entirely different . . . .” (https://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-boys-blue-mn0001385051) He contends that although “Take a Heart” and “You Got What I Want” “were done reasonably well by the Boys Blue, the Sorrows’ renditions are superior and definitive.” I have to partially disagree with Richie. I think the Boys Blue’s is the definitive version of “You Got What I Want.”

Who were the Blue Boys? Marc Campbell writes that:

Having more in common with the MC5 than the British Invasion groups, Coventry, England’s raw and explosive The Boys Blue shoulda been contenders. . . . Lead singer Jeff Elroy . . . had a great voice, cool moves and star power. The Boys Blue released one single in 1965: “Take Heart”/“You Got What I Want.” The record failed to become a hit and the band faded into obscurity.

https://dangerousminds.net/comments/freakbeat_classic_the_boys_blue

As to Miki Dallon, Unterberger says:

As an artist, producer, and songwriter, Miki Dallon was an interesting secondary figure of the British Invasion, albeit one whose work rarely troubled the charts (“Take a Heart,” a fair-sized U.K. hit for the Sorrows, being his most successful tune). As a singer he was only adequate, if exuberant, but as a composer he had a knack for combining some hard-edged R&B riffs with British Invasion pop-soul.

“You got what I want. I want what you got. . . . I need it cause it’s you that I love. I kiss you goodnight, but then it begins. You sent my head into a spin. It just isn’t right. . . . You say that you’re through. It walks your dog. You’re driving me insane. It’s going out of my mind. Oh no, I just can’t take it when you walk that way, when you talk that way. Are you really there? She said yeah, yeah. I got what you want. You want what I got. You feel it and you need it ’cause it’s really good love. I kiss you good night and then it begins. You sent my head into a spin. It just isn’t right. You say that you’re through. You walks your dog You’re driving me insane. It’s going of my mind, out of my mind girl.”

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The Boys Blue perform the song live:

Here is the Sorrows’ version:

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