Friday, January 30, 2015

The Big Game

I don't remember a "Big Game" I've been less excited about. Aside from the fact that I dislike the Patriots immensely, I don't like the Seahawks much better.  And Katy Perry at halftime?  Were all the decent acts busy or what?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

First Country Rock song?

"Mr. Spaceman" by the Byrds was the third single from the 1966 "5D" (Fifth Dimension) album.  As a single it barely cracked the top 40, but as a song it was arguably responsible for two music genres, space rock and country rock.  It has also been covered by a diverse group of artists from Jimmy Buffett to The Muppets to The Flying Burrito Brothers to Alvin and the Chipmunks.  The Byrds performed the song on many TV shows in the 60's also.  Today the song seems familiar... but mostly forgotten.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hey Joe, where are you gonna go?

The California garage band The Leaves only had one hit, "Hey Joe", in 1966.  But if there was ever a band that deserved more, it was the Leaves.  They were monsters of the West Coast "scene" and even replaced the Byrds as house band at Ciro's in L.A.  Jim Pons, lead guitarist and founder, joined the Turtles after the Leaves broke up and later hooked up with Frank Zappa.  As it is, their version of Hey Joe was the first, and the song became a rock standard of the time.  Today, it's nearly forgotten.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Caroline No

Released as a Brian Wilson solo single in 1966, "Caroline No" was a modest success reaching the top 40.  Also included as a Beach Boys song on the Pet Sounds album, the song was voted by Billboard as #214 of the 500 greatest rock songs of all time.  Today it's simply another forgotten oldie.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

When I Was Young

This song was a top 20 hit for Eric Burdon and the Animals in 1967. Burdon said it was based on his father's life. What a great song, but mostly forgotten today.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Today is the day...

I believe today marks the anniversary of the birth of the British Invasion!  On January 20, 1964 the Capitol album "Meet the Beatles" was released in the USA.  Others will argue that it was their first night on Ed Sullivan, but without this album.... well, who knows!!