Paul & Barry Ryan — “Pictures of Today”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 16, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 671) Paul & Barry Ryan — “Pictures if Today” The last single by Paul and Barry as a duo (’68) should have been a double A-side triumph (“Madrigal” being the B-side (see #88)). Delightful “psych-pop experimentation” indeed. (liner notes to the Paul &Continue reading “Paul & Barry Ryan — “Pictures of Today”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 16, 2022”

The Bar-Kays — “Yesterday”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 14, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 670) The Bar-Kays — “Yesterday” Like a phoenix, the post-disaster Bar-Kays rose and soared and released the phenomenal Gotta Groove album (see #416). Jason Ankeny calls it, the reconstituted band’s first album after the tragic plane crash that took the lives of OtisContinue reading “The Bar-Kays — “Yesterday”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 14, 2022”

Paul McCartney and Wings — “Tomorrow”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 13, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 669) Paul McCartney and Wings — “Tomorrow” After playing a song honoring each day of the week, I thought I’d play one for tomorrow. So, here is Paul McCartney and Wings’ wonderful “Tomorrow”. What, you thought I’d do “Tomorrow Never Knows”?! From theContinue reading “Paul McCartney and Wings — “Tomorrow”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 13, 2022”

I Get My Kicks on Route 666 Special Edition: Charles Manson/The Beach Boys/David Bixby: Charles Manson — “Cease to Exist”; The Beach Boys — “Never Learn Not to Love”, Dave Bixby — “666”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 12, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 666) Charles Manson — “Cease to Exist” Yes, that Charles Manson. A song which does full justice to the moniker “acid folk”. Even more intriguing than the song is Manson’s relationship with the Beach Boys’ Dennis Wilson, who transformed it into 20/20′s “NeverContinue reading “I Get My Kicks on Route 666 Special Edition: Charles Manson/The Beach Boys/David Bixby: Charles Manson — “Cease to Exist”; The Beach Boys — “Never Learn Not to Love”, Dave Bixby — “666”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 12, 2022”

The Spike Drivers — “Blue Law Sunday”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 11, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 665) The Spike Drivers — “Blue Law Sunday” Does anyone remember blue laws? Well, Chick-fil-A closes on Sunday, doesn’t it? Blue law Sundays were not quite immortalized by this folk psych song by the Spike Drivers. As Jason Ankeny says, “[m]id-sixties Detroit psych-popstersContinue reading “The Spike Drivers — “Blue Law Sunday”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 11, 2022”

The Outsiders — “Daddy Died on Saturday”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 10, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 664) The Outsiders — “Daddy Died on Saturday” From the legendary Dutch rockers’ (see #615) last album, CQ, which is, as Richard Groothuizen says, the product of “a passionate band at the height of their creative powers.” (liner notes to CD reissue). AsContinue reading “The Outsiders — “Daddy Died on Saturday”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 10, 2022”

Edwards Hand — “Friday Hill”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 9, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 663) Edwards Hand — “Friday Hill” A delicate, gentle, wistful George Martin-produced baroque/folk/psych pop jewel. Who says producing the White Album doesn’t leave time for any fun? And, just to set the record straight, Johnny Depp was not in this band! It wasContinue reading “Edwards Hand — “Friday Hill”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 9, 2022”

The Millennium — “To Claudia on Thursday”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 8, 2022

https://www.discogs.com/master/85913-The-Millennium-Begin/image/SW1hZ2U6NDY2MzI2MA== THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 662) The Millennium — “To Claudia on Thursday” Sunshine pop went supernova with the Millennium (see #397, 506, 586), a 60’s sunshine supergroup that created Begin, the greatest sunshine pop album ever recorded. Begin cost more to make than any other album from ’68 otherContinue reading “The Millennium — “To Claudia on Thursday”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 8, 2022″

The Royal Guardsmen — “Wednesday”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 7, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 661) The Royal Guardsmen — “Wednesday” Such a groovy Wednesday — not! This Byrdsy ’67 A-side and track off The Return of the Red Baron (with the title “Any Wednesday”) about trying to forget an unfaithful girl is no “Snoopy Vs. the RedContinue reading “The Royal Guardsmen — “Wednesday”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 7, 2022″

The Mellow Yellow — “Tuesday”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 6, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 660) The Mellow Yellow — “Tuesday” Not released until it appeared on the grand Come Join My Orchestra: The British Baroque Pop Sound 1967-1973 comp, this song of longing for a girl named Tuesday feels like sleeping in Egyptian cotton sheets. It isContinue reading “The Mellow Yellow — “Tuesday”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 6, 2022”

Original Caste — “Mr. Monday”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 5, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 659) Original Caste — “Mr. Monday” I don’t like Mondays, but Mr. Monday would disagree. From Calgary comes this soaring pop nastygram to go-getters. It was a huge hit in Medicine Hat . . . and San Antonio. Go figure. Ray McGinnis: InContinue reading “Original Caste — “Mr. Monday”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 5, 2022”

Leviathan (The Mike Stuart Span) — “Through the Looking Glass”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 4, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 658) Leviathan (The Mike Stuart Span) — “Through the Looking Glass” Glorious late-60’s UK heavy psych from the Mike Stuart Span (see #225, 268) for John Peel, done even better a year later by the same band with a name change ordered byContinue reading “Leviathan (The Mike Stuart Span) — “Through the Looking Glass”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 4, 2022″

Evie Sands — “Crazy Annie”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 3, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 657) Evie Sands — “Crazy Annie” “Crazy Annie”, beautiful, soulful and full of personality, is “Midnight Cowboy in a 3 minute song.” (Bill, https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/evie-sands-i-cant-let-go-what-a-hollies-ripoff.324039/page-2) Yes, that Midnight Cowboy, the iconic X-rated Dustin Hoffman/John Voight flick. As Alfiehitchie summarizes: Texas greenhorn Joe Buck arrivesContinue reading “Evie Sands — “Crazy Annie”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 3, 2022”

The Leaves — “Too Many People”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 2, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 656) The Leaves — “Too Many People” Hey Joe, this “bluesy and funky slow drag number” (Woody Anders, https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2022233/bio) was the Leaves’ first A-side (’65). And it is not about Yoko Ono! Richie Unterberger says: [It] was a substantial hit in the LosContinue reading “The Leaves — “Too Many People”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 2, 2022”

Gene Clark — “Elevator Operator”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 1, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 655) Gene Clark — “Elevator Operator” The first “solo” album by the former Big Byrd contained this lovely “garage-rock ditty” that is “pure groove, jangle, and boogie” (Uncut, https://www.uncut.co.uk/reviews/gene-clark-with-the-gosdin-brothers-9923/), “features blatant drug double entendres and trippy harmonies” (Aphoristic, https://albumreviews.blog/reviews/1960s-reviews/gene-clark/) and “Revolver-era Beatles influence”Continue reading “Gene Clark — “Elevator Operator”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 1, 2022”

Los Ovnis (The UFOs) — “Te Doy Tu Lugar”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 30, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 654) Los Ovnis — “Te Doy Tu Lugar”/ (“I Give You Your Place”) Raunchy ’68 album track from the first completely original Mexican rock album. Hectorvadair1 says that “[i]t’s a superb album of psych fuzz music, sung in Spanish, from a great MexicanContinue reading “Los Ovnis (The UFOs) — “Te Doy Tu Lugar”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 30, 2022”

Earth Island — “Ashes, Ashes, All Fall Down”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 29, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 653) Earth Island — “Ashes, Ashes, All Fall Down” Another helping of stellar sunshine pop from Earth Island’s sole album (see #448). Ecologically-aware, but from when sunshine was still a good thing! The album is a “Sunshine Psychedelic gem”. (https://psychedelic-rocknroll.blogspot.com/2009/02/earth-island-we-must-survive.html) By all accounts,Continue reading “Earth Island — “Ashes, Ashes, All Fall Down”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 29, 2022”

Howard Tate — “Stop”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 28, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 652) Howard Tate — “Stop” Soul great Howard Tate’s (see #259, 261) ‘68 not-quite hit (#76, #15 R&B) is a delightful romp. With the Jimi Hendrix seal of approval! Richie Unterberger tells us that: Howard Tate had some minor success with the VerveContinue reading “Howard Tate — “Stop”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 28, 2022”

Gandalf — “Me About You”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 27, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 651) Gandalf — “Me About You” A dreamy, phantasmagorical, and totally psyched-out version of “Me About You” (a demo offered to them by Gary Bonner and Alan Gordon of the Magicians), which was later a failed single for the Turtles (reaching #105 inContinue reading “Gandalf — “Me About You”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 27, 2022”

The Redcoats: “Words of Wisdom”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 26, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 650) The Redcoats — “Words of Wisdom” Wonderful contemplative Beatlesque song by a NJ garage band that wanted to write wonderful Beatlesque songs. Richie Unterberger says that it “fall[s] squarely into the Beatles’ 1967 mode of bouncy, mid-tempo keyboard-dominated tunes and optimistic, cosmic-tingedContinue reading “The Redcoats: “Words of Wisdom”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — November 26, 2022”