Kinks Kopykats (Bet You Didn’t Know This Was Written By Ray Davies) Special Edition #1 — “This Strange Effect”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — October 11, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 606) The Kinks — “This Strange Effect” Ray Davies pops up wherever you look. This magical David Lynch-y song has had a strange affect/strange effect (I never know which is right!) on pop culture over the years. As Kurt Wolff tells us, “[f]orContinue reading “Kinks Kopykats (Bet You Didn’t Know This Was Written By Ray Davies) Special Edition #1 — “This Strange Effect”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — October 11, 2022”

The Honeybus — “He Was Columbus”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — October 10, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 605) The Honeybus — “He Was Columbus” I couldn’t find a song I wanted to feature that featured the term “indigenous peoples”, so here is the Honeybus’ “He Was Columbus”. So sue me. Another glorious track from the glorious Honeybus (see #6, 52,Continue reading “The Honeybus — “He Was Columbus”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — October 10, 2022”

The Holy Ghost Reception Committee #9 — “What Do You Ask of Me”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — October 9, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 604) The Holy Ghost Reception Committee #9 — “What Do You Ask of Me” ‘69 Christian psych by kids from NYC’s Regis High School, written to be performed during Mass — and it ROCKS. It’s a miracle! Jason Ankeny gives some history: ChristianContinue reading “The Holy Ghost Reception Committee #9 — “What Do You Ask of Me”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — October 9, 2022”

Thee Midniters — “Jump, Jive and Harmonize”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — October 8, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 603) Thee Midniters — “Jump, Jive and Harmonize” This ‘67 B-side of “raucous bluesy garage rock” (Richie Unterberger, https://www.allmusic.com/album/greatest-mw0000592872) proves that white men can’t jump, jive and harmonize. It also drives some reviewers into paroxysms of ecstasy. Which is fine by me. WeContinue reading “Thee Midniters — “Jump, Jive and Harmonize”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — October 8, 2022”

The Status Cymbal — “Lovin’ Day”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — October 7, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 602) The Status Cymbal — “Lovin’ Day” Sunshiney ‘67 A-side and album track puts a smile on my face. I bet it’ll put one on yours. Simon Omnes tells us the story: A southern folk music group consisting of Florence [Warner], her brotherContinue reading “The Status Cymbal — “Lovin’ Day”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — October 7, 2022”

Gary Walker & the Rain — “Magazine Woman”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — October 6, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 601) Gary Walker & the Rain — “Magazine Woman” Joe Bonomo calls “Magazine Woman” “kaleidoscopic” with “an insanely catchy hook”, “nothing short of a lost classic” (http://www.nosuchthingaswas.com/2021/03/maybe-its-conspiracy.html), while Stephen Cook says it “conjures up . . . the Beatles’ paisley pop” (https://www.allmusic.com/album/love-peace-poetry-british-psychedelic-music-mw0000017209), LenContinue reading “Gary Walker & the Rain — “Magazine Woman”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — October 6, 2022”

Jacques Da Sylva — “Fou”/”Crazy”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — October 5, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 600) Jacques Da Sylva — “Fou”/”Crazy” What should we call “Fou” — freakbeat, mod, pop psych, who knows? But I do know that this crazy-good ‘67 EP track from France is très chic. Now can someone tell me something about Jacques Da Sylva?!Continue reading “Jacques Da Sylva — “Fou”/”Crazy”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — October 5, 2022″

Keith Mansfield — “Powerhouse Pop”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — October 4, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 599) Keith Mansfield — “Powerhouse Pop” We have all have heard his music — used by Quentin Tarantino, Danger Mouse, Gnarls Barkley, the NFL, and on and on — but few know his name. He wrote some of the “funkiest, grooviest and memorableContinue reading “Keith Mansfield — “Powerhouse Pop”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — October 4, 2022”

Mars Bonfire — “Lady Moon Walker”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — October 3, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 598) Mars Bonfire — “Lady Moon Walker” This ’68 album track and ’69 A-side is a tasty pop psych treat from the sole solo album by the writer of Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild.” Let’s call it “Born to Be Mellow.” Richie UnterbergerContinue reading “Mars Bonfire — “Lady Moon Walker”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — October 3, 2022”

Ben E. King — It’s Amazing: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — October 2, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 596) Ben E. King — “It’s Amazing” It’s amazing that “It’s Amazing”, sizzling ’68 single by the legendary BEK (see #85,254), unconscionably failed to chart. It’s one of the great “her love saved me” songs, beating Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” to theContinue reading “Ben E. King — It’s Amazing: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — October 2, 2022”

Mike Furber — “Watch Me Burn”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 30, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 596) Mike Furber — “Watch Me Burn” From a ’69 double-A side, Ian Marks calls the incendiary “Watch Me Burn a “fiery” and “wild[]” song “with TWIN lead guitars (one fuzz and one wah-wah) wailing away beneath Furber’s excellent vocal performance.” (Tomorrow isContinue reading “Mike Furber — “Watch Me Burn”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 30, 2022”

Thomas and Richard Frost — “Open Up Your Heart”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 29, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 595) Thomas and Richard Frost — “Open Up Your Heart” This ’70 A-side is glorious pop/rock with a yummy bubblegum flavor, by Thomas and Richard Frost (actually Thomas and Richard Martin). The Frosts recorded one of the greatest “lost” album of the ’60’s,Continue reading “Thomas and Richard Frost — “Open Up Your Heart”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 29, 2022″

The Bee Gees — “I.O.I.O”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 27, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 594) The Bee Gees — “I.O.I.O” One of the great unsung Bee Gees songs (see #291, 353, 354, 439, 466, 484, 497, 570) — well it did reach #49 in U.K. and #94 in the U.S. (https://www.musicvf.com/Bee+Gees.art). To Bruce Eder, “I.O.I.O”, released whenContinue reading “The Bee Gees — “I.O.I.O”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 27, 2022”

Dogfeet — “Armageddon” (demo): Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 26, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 593) Dogfeet — “Armageddon” (demo) With Putin in mind, today I play “Armageddon”, a haunting prog/psych/hard rock song. Elenius65 says that the Shrewsbury, Shropshire, band “formed in the late sixties as a heavy blues band, but after bagging a record deal, changed toContinue reading “Dogfeet — “Armageddon” (demo): Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 26, 2022”

The Dry Grins — “She’s a Drag”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 25, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 592) The Dry Grins* — “She’s a Drag” Chris Bishop calls this late ’65 A-side a “teen loser lament.” (https://garagehangover.com/rogues-dry-grins/) A girl makes fun of this guy in public and he knows she’s right, but has the presence of mind to tell herContinue reading “The Dry Grins — “She’s a Drag”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 25, 2022”

The Peppermint Rainbow — “Pink Lemonade”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 24, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 591) The Peppermint Rainbow — “Pink Lemonade” Sunshine pop from Charm City by a band originally named the New York Times?! Yes, a wonderful ‘68 sunshine single from Baltimore protégés of Mama Cass. Wow, could they sing. J. Scott McClintock says that: Baltimore’sContinue reading “The Peppermint Rainbow — “Pink Lemonade”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 24, 2022”

Tom Parrott — “Autumn Time in Grenada”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 23, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 590) Tom Parrott — “Autumn Time in Grenada” In honor of the fall equinox — it couldn’t have come soon enough! Tom Parrott (see #202) was a frequent contributor to Broadside (a key publication of the folk revival, founded in ‘62 — theContinue reading “Tom Parrott — “Autumn Time in Grenada”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 23, 2022”

Led Zeppelin — “That’s the Way”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 22, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 589) Led Zeppelin — “That’s the Way” Off the acoustic side of Led Zeppelin III comes the band’s gorgeous Pastoral Symphony written at the Bron-Yr-Aur (hill of the gold) cottage in Wales. It features the best, most timeless lyrics (to my mind) thatContinue reading “Led Zeppelin — “That’s the Way”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 22, 2022″

Puff — “Go With You”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 21, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 587) Puff — “Go With You” The Rockin’ Ramrods — one third of Boston’s garage rock trinity — transform into Puff. They show off their sensitive side with a touching love song from an exquisite album of what Ritchie Unterberger calls “light, sophisticatedContinue reading “Puff — “Go With You”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 21, 2022”

Downliners Sect — “Glendora”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 20, 2022

THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE 1960s THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD 587) The Downliners Sect*— “Glendora” UK mod/freakbeat revival of a Perry Como chestnut about a guy’s infatuation with a . . . mannequin turns it into a “pounding, proto-psychedelic” stunner (Bruce Eder, https://www.allmusic.com/album/sectuality-mw0000465479) Mike Stax says: The band’s rough-handed delivery and perverse senseContinue reading “Downliners Sect — “Glendora”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — September 20, 2022”