The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

28 April 2005

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Your average oldies station has pared its library down to two songs by the Lovin' Spoonful: "Do You Believe in Magic" and "Summer in the City." (God help you if you have a below-average oldies station.) Inspired by Donna, who has become a Joe Butler fan, I'd like to call your attention to three lesser-known Spoonful tunes, only one of which has a John Sebastian lead.

"Full Measure" was thrown away as the B-side of "Nashville Cats," but still got enough airplay to scrape into the bottom 20 of Billboard's Hot 100. This is a weirdly-instrumented semi-classical sort of thing with a sweet Joe Butler lead and a lyric that goes in about six different directions at once.

"Lonely (Amy's Theme)" is an instrumental from the soundtrack of You're a Big Boy Now, a Francis Ford Coppola film from 1966 to which the Spoonful contributed songs. Karen Black plays Amy. This was a major earworm for me for many years.

"Darling Be Home Soon" is your basic song about going on the road, except that it's told from the point of view of the person who has to stay behind. Sebastian is at his most evocative, almost pressing into Jimmy Webb territory. The stereo mix of this record is genuinely crummy, which is why you should prefer it in mono.

(MP3s were provided, as the phrase goes, For A Limited Time Only.)

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