The Beau Brummells — “Two Days to Tomorrow”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — January 26, 2023


713) The Beau Brummells — “Two Days to Tomorrow”

Coming after their commercial prime, this warm and wonderful ’67 A-side by the Beau Brummells is, as Alex Palao says, “a “glorious single, perhaps their finest hour in the studio.” (liner notes to Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets: 1965-1970) Supposedly, the song was unofficially blacklisted by radio stations because of a certain interpretation of the refrain. You decide!

Alec Palao:

Even though the touring version of the group had disbanded in October 1966, mainstays Sal Valentino and Ron Elliott continued releasing essential records as the Brummels through to the end of the decade, including . . . . Producer Lenny Waronker, sensing the rich cinematic panorama innate to Elliott’s compositions, indulged the duo with arrangers, session musicians, and seemingly unlimited studio time but could not garner them a hit. In the case of [the song], the unfortunate refrain “She’s coming” helped unofficially drop the record from playlists.

liner notes to Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets: 1965-1970

You know, after reading that, and then listening to the lyrics, it seems pretty blatant. Maybe I should rewrite the first sentence of today’s blog!

Timothy Monger gives us some history:

Often credited as early architects of the San Francisco sound, the Beau Brummels found success right out of the gate with their 1964 debut single, “Laugh, Laugh.” With its autumnal folk-pop jangle and moody melodic hooks, the song bore enough resemblance to the burgeoning British Invasion that many fans mistook these young Americans for Brits. Defined by the partnership of singer Sal Valentino and guitarist/singer Ron Elliott, the influential group went on to notch a small clutch of mid-’60s hits . . . while anticipating both the folk-rock and country-rock genres ahead of better-known bands like the Byrds. By the late ’60s, the Brummels’ mainstream popularity had all but died, and yet they went on to release their two best albums . . . . Friends since childhood, [they] formed the band in early 1964 . . . . Spotted by local DJ Tom Donahue . . . the Brummels were quickly signed to [his] small San Francisco-based label, Autumn Records. . . . Autumn just couldn’t muster enough promotional muscle, and in 1966 the label was, along with its roster, sold to Warner Bros.

Here is the single version (though the song wasn’t included on an album):

longer version:

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