no, i haven't seen these
1968: february 29

friday random ten, 1965 edition

1) Fontella Bass, "Rescue Me." It hit #1 on the R&B charts, the only time Bass would make it to the top. Bass had an interesting career ... she played piano for Little Milton and recorded with avant-garde jazzbos the Art Ensemble of Chicago (she was married to band member Lester Bowie). Not a one-hit wonder at all.

2) Buffy Sainte-Marie, "Until It's Time for You to Go." Her vibrato-laced vocals were inescapable for much of the 60s. Sainte-Marie was much more experimental in her work than other female folk artists of the time, which isn't to say all of her experiments worked. This is thought by some to be her most famous song, although I suspect that just means it's the most-covered of her songs ... the video link is to one of those covers.

3) Otis Redding, "I've Been Loving You Too Long." The greatest soulman with his greatest song. "This is the Love Crowd, right?"

4) Jackie DeShannon, "What the World Needs Now Is Love." Perhaps the only person who both dated Jimmy Page and was played by Liz Phair on a TV show.

5) Sonny Bono, "Laugh at Me." "I don't care, let 'em laugh at me. If that's the fare I have to pay to be free, then baby, laugh at me, and I'll cry for you and I'll pray for you." The video link is in the "must see to believe" category.

6) The Who, "My Generation." If one should never trust anyone over 30, and if we hope we die before we get old, then it should be noted that Sonny Bono was 30 in 1965 when "Laugh at Me" was released. Pete and Rog' are still alive. A seminal rock track, with the greatest rock drummer of them all, a bass solo (!), and a famous video moment when Pete's hearing was fucked up for the rest of his life.

7) The Gentrys, "Keep on Dancing." A fine junk-pop tune, but what made the Gentrys noteworthy was band member Jimmy Hart, who went on to pro rassling fame as "The Mouth of the South." Video introduced by the star of Hell Comes to Frogtown.

8) The Beatles, "Drive My Car." From the "let's make different albums for England and the States" period, "Drive My Car" was the opening song of Rubber Soul in the U.K. version but didn't appear at all on the U.S. version, which was more folk-rockish as a result.

9) The Dixie Cups, "Iko Iko." The tapes were rolling in the studio as the Dixie Cups goofed their way through this one while someone beat drum sticks on an ashtray. Add a dollop of bass guitar after the fact, and voila! A hit song more minimalist than Prince doing "Kiss." Video link courtesy of the immortal thunderbird1958.

10) The Fugs, "Boobs a Lot." This one, I guess, is from the "Write What You Know" school: "Do you like boobs a lot? Yes, I like boobs a lot." I like this song. A lot. I have to admit I am surprised I was able to find a video for this one. A dumb video, but at least the song's on there. Of course, the song is dumb, too. People like the Fugs (and me) get dumb when we think about boobs.

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