Willie Mitchell: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 14, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 551) Willie Mitchell — “Everything Is Gonna Be Alright” “Alright” is the A-side of one of my favorite double threat R&B singles, hitting #126 in November ’65. I featured its B-side a while back (see #181). No need for a shotgun wedding! “EverythingContinue reading “Willie Mitchell: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 14, 2022”

Pacific Drift: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 13, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 550) Pacific Drift — “God Has Given Me” Manchester United! — Pacific Drift was a brief stopover point for members/members-to-be of Wimple Winch, Sponge and Blodwyn Pig. The Drift’s sole album (’70) was, as David Wells describes, “a sparkling, West Coast-influenced amalgam ofContinue reading “Pacific Drift: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 13, 2022”

Barry Booth: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 12, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 548) Barry Booth — “He’s Very Good With His Hands” Before “The Lumberjack Song”, before “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”, before Monty Python, there was an “ode to a shy but dexterous model maker who is taken by a girl,Continue reading “Barry Booth: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 12, 2022”

The Who: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 11, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 547) The Who — “Glittering Girl” Who-didn’t do it — why was this wonderful song left off The Who Sell Out? Glittering indeed! Plus, thanks to Iowgens2: This rare 1967 footage, excerpted from the German TV documentary Die Jungen Nachtwandler – London UnterContinue reading “The Who: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 11, 2022”

The Pickwick Papers: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 10, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 546) The Pickwick Papers — “You’re So Square” B-side of the Papers’ only single (‘66) is a cover of a number that Elvis did in ‘57 for the Jailhouse Rock movie — and it works. I guess the moral of the story isContinue reading “The Pickwick Papers: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 10, 2022”

London Phogg: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 9, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 545) The London Phogg — “The Times to Come” A-side of the Phogg’s only single (’68) is a sunshine pop supernova. As Richard Cameron says, it is a “unique juxtaposition of pop harmony vocals and fuzz guitar psychedelia”, a “kind of a sub-genreContinue reading “London Phogg: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 9, 2022”

George Harrison: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 8, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 545) George Harrison — “Circles” Unlike The Who’s “Circles”, George Harrison’s “Circles” is no instant party, but rather a haunting and groovy meditation on reincarnation! George wrote the song in Rishikesh and demoed it — with whispered voice and harmonium — at Esher,Continue reading “George Harrison: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 8, 2022”

McCully Workshop: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 7, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 544) McCully Workshop — “Rush Hour at Midnight” A cool boss’s nova rock track . . . from South Africa?! McCully Workshop, Inc. (’70) was the “superb South African band’s stunning debut album.” (The Forced Exposure website, https://mccullyworkshop.wordpress.com/about/) “Of all the albums we’veContinue reading “McCully Workshop: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 7, 2022”

The Lomax Alliance: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 6, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 543) The Lomax Alliance — “Try As You May” A-side of the Alliance’s only single (’67), which, per Steve Leggett, “combine[s] blue-eyed soul with a kind of British Invasion template.” Why wasn’t this a hit? Leggett also noted that: Jackie Lomax . .Continue reading “The Lomax Alliance: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 6, 2022”

The Garden Club: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 5, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 542) The Garden Club — “Little Girl Lost and Found” One of the greatest early pop psych tunes, sung by the writer of “Windy”, with lyrics perfectly balanced between twee and weeeee! Funky16corners says it ‘s “cool . . . early, sing-song popsikeContinue reading “The Garden Club: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 5, 2022”

Los Blops: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 4, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 541) Los Blops — “Los Momentos” (“The Moments”)* A stunning folk rock song from Chile that “would become a classic of Chilean popular music” (http://losblops.blogspot.com/) and for Los Blops — the band’s name “inspired by the sound of a drop of water hittingContinue reading “Los Blops: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 4, 2022”

Rainy Daze: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 3, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 540) Rainy Daze — “Blood of Oblivion”/”Fe Fi Fo Fum” Fab ’67 A-side was no Apaculco Gold, but much tastier, a great pop-psych track that deserved so much more. Billboard said in July of ’67 that it was a “hot follow-up” and anContinue reading “Rainy Daze: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 3, 2022”

Black Merda: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 2, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 539) Black Merda — “Got Me Running” Here is an incendiary funk-rock out-take from Detroit’s legendary Black Merda (see #134, 467) If the song was a fine wine (which it is, and it gets even better with age), I would say that toContinue reading “Black Merda: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 2, 2022”

Focal Point: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 1, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 538) Focal Point — “Hassle Castle” A magical, wistful song by Focal Point, one of my favorite bands of all time (see #4, 43, 198). Focal Point only released one single, but it all started out like a fairy tale when they corneredContinue reading “Focal Point: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 1, 2022”

The Rolling Stones:Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — July 31, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 537) The Rolling Stones — “Blood Red Wine” A great unfinished song from May ‘68, apparently too rich for the Banquet, recorded at Olympic Sound Studios in London (Martin Elliott, The Rolling Stones Complete Recording Sessions 1962-2012). Jim Connelly says that: “Despite theContinue reading “The Rolling Stones:Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — July 31, 2022”

The Rose Garden: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — July 30, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 536) The Rose Garden — “Here’s Today” To my mind, the best thing this Byrds-obsessed L.A. group ever did was “Here’s Today”, the B-side to their final single (and one of their only self-penned songs). Michael Doherty calls it “a really cool folk-rockContinue reading “The Rose Garden: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — July 30, 2022”

Le Cirque: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — July 29, 2022*

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 535) Le Cirque — “Land of Oz” Leon Russell and Marc Benno made quite a team. First, with Le Cirque and then with Asylum Choir — heavenly psychedelia before Russell found fame. “Land of Oz” was the bodacious Beatlesque A-side of Le Cirque’sContinue reading “Le Cirque: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — July 29, 2022*”

The Recession’s Here! Special Edition: Nobody’s Children/The Artwoods: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — July 28, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD The perfect songs to welcome in the recession! 534) Nobody’s Children — “Good Times” The A-side of the Children’s only single (’68) is a hilarious garage rock classic from the Irving, Texas band about a hardscrabble life. Or is it? “Well, I workContinue reading “The Recession’s Here! Special Edition: Nobody’s Children/The Artwoods: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — July 28, 2022”

Annie Philippe: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — July 27, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 533) Annie Philippe — “Qu’il Le Dise” (“Till He Tells Me”) This ’65 B-side is another yé-yé delight from Annie (see #206, 328), with a cool promo video of her frolicking on the ski slopes. Elephantsoundz says: Annie Philippe recorded a bunch ofContinue reading “Annie Philippe: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — July 27, 2022”

The Haunted: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — July 26, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 532) The Haunted — “Vapeur Mauve” (“Purple Haze”)  OK, this has got to be the greatest cover of “Purple Haze” that I have ever heard — and it is sung in French by an English language Quebec band! As their last vocalist JohnnyContinue reading “The Haunted: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — July 26, 2022”