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19 February 2005

A little traveling music

As you may remember, Dawn Eden was here last month, and we spent a large part of the morning combing through 45s at a local vinyl emporium. I posted a list of the singles I bought, but it occurs to me that at least part of the day was spent in transit, and there's an off-chance you might want to know what we were listening to while we Zoom-Zoomed around Oklahoma City. And as it happens, in anticipation of her arrival, I'd burned a CD of Possible Musical Enjoyments; I mean, if you're trying to impress Dawn Eden, whose knowledge of pop music is somewhere beyond encyclopedic, you don't just pull any old disc off the shelf.

The contents:

  1. The Bitter End, The Ken Thorne Orchestra (Ken Thorne)
    Variations on a theme by John and Paul, from the soundtrack of Help!
  2. I Couldn't Spell !!*@!, Sam the Sham (Wayne Carson Thompson)
    Discussed here.
  3. For Eternity, Vickie Diaz (V. Diaz)
    Discussed here.
  4. I Write the Songs, Big Daddy (Bruce Johnston)
    You'll need to read the whole Big Daddy saga to understand.
  5. Be My Baby, The Ronettes (Spector-Greenwich-Barry)
    Off the three-track master tape, running out to 3:03 and including a remark to Sonny Bono.
  6. Keep On Dancing, The Avantis (Jones-Love-Shann)
    The 1963 original; the version you remember was by the Gentrys two years later.
  7. The Björk Song, The Brunching Shuttlecocks (L. Fitzgerald Sjöberg)
    Off the fabled comedy Web site, it's a quantum-physics love song. I think.
  8. Variations on a Theme Called "Hanky Panky", The Definitive Rock Chorale (Barry-Greenwich)
    Exactly like it sounds, except of course that it isn't.
  9. 9,999,999 Tears, Dickey Lee (Dickey Lee Lipscomb)
    In case you thought 96 wasn't enough.
  10. Take Me for a Little While, Evie Sands (Trade Martin)
    A long-established Eden fave.
  11. Metal Guru, T. Rex (Marc Bolan)
    An unearthly combination of T-Rexstacy with Flo and Eddie background vocals.
  12. Girl on the Northern Line, Michael Lynch (Dawn Eden)
    A lovely little tune, and you should have seen the look on her face when it popped out of the speakers. Discussed here.
  13. Every Day of the Week, The Students (Prez Tyus)
    B-side of "I'm So Young," and the godfather of the Bristol Stomp.
  14. Supergirl, American Boyfriends (Goad-York)
    Oklahoma City's premier power-pop band at its finest.
  15. The Bass Walks, Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra (Bert Kaempfert)
    Downright funky for this guy.
  16. Cast Your Fate to the Wind, Shelby Flint (Vince Guaraldi)
    Shelby, best known for "Angel on My Shoulder," has one of those breathy sexy-but-innocent voices that never gets out of your head, something like Dawn's.
  17. Two Buffalos, Rolf Harris (Rolf Harris)
    The miracle of exponents, and the attendant dangers to one's yard.
  18. Un Mal pour un Bien, Petula Clark (Clark-Hatch)
    Pet's original French version of "You're the One."
  19. Zing Went the Strings of My Heart, The Move (James Hanley)
    A rare lead by Bev Bevan, a mock-Coasters style, and there's a lead bass part in the break.
  20. Super Freak, Big Daddy (James-Miller)
    Imagine the Everly Brothers singing Rick James. Go ahead, try.
  21. This Diamond Ring, Jimmy Radcliffe (Kooper-Levine-Brass)
    The demo version, before Gary Lewis or even Sammy Ambrose, showing that Al Kooper clearly envisioned this as an R&B ballad.
  22. You Can't Blame Me, Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum & Durr (Middleton-Smith)
    The crown jewel of the Capsoul catalog, discussed here.
  23. Snowman, Snowman, Sweet Potato Nose, The Jaynetts (Sanders-Stevens)
    Their third single, this is sung over the instrumental backing from "Sally Go 'Round The Roses," thereby presumably saving Artie Butler a lot of work.
  24. Too Much on My Mind, Gates of Eden (Ray Davies)
    A cover of the Kinks original with a garage/psych feel.
  25. Stillsane, Carolyne Mas (Carolyne Mas)
    The one chart hit by New Jersey's finest. Discussed here.
  26. So Mean to Me, Vic Diaz (Diaz-Belland)
    Any similarity in sound to the Vickie Diaz track above is not even slightly coincidental.
  27. Paul's Midnight Ride, The Delights Orchestra (Stiles-Martin-Virtue)
    Discussed here.
  28. Here Comes the Boy, Tracey Dey (Rambeau-Rehak)
    A lost girl-group classic from the old Amy label.
  29. Try Too Hard, The Dave Clark Five (Clark-Smith)
    Another thumping DC5 hit, and a great way to close out a set.

I don't think I bored her too much during the 79:01 this was playing.

Posted at 1:15 PM to Tongue and Groove


What an awesome CD! Did you select those and burn them yourself? I would be interested to know if Dawn made any comments about the tunes. BTW, I had no idea that "This Diamond Ring" had a life before Gary Lewis and The Playboys. I just never know what I am going to learn st Dustbury. This was good - made my day and brought back a memory or two. Or three. Or.....nevermind, giving away my age!

Posted by: Mike Sw... at 4:23 PM on 19 February 2005

Well, I didn't knock her socks off or anything, but then it was cold out and socklessness might not have been a desirable condition under the circumstances.

All 29 tracks are on my shelf, be they CD, vinyl or the odd (sometimes the very odd) MP3; it was about a 50-minute task to select them and tweak the sound as appropriate, another 10 minutes to burn the disc. And when you get right down to it, there are worse ways to spend an hour, especially when you wind up with 1:19 of music to show for it. (Most of them she found at least somewhat familiar; the "Hanky Panky" thing she'd heard of, she said, but had never actually heard.)

Posted by: CGHill at 4:38 PM on 19 February 2005