In the current Goldmine (#775), Dave Thompson picks twenty-five great British Invasion singles by twenty-five bands, limit one per band. I was amused to note that I’d bought 23 of them when they came out; the other two, while worthy (“Rosalyn” by the Pretty Things and “What’Cha Gonna Do About It” by the Small Faces), didn’t chart over here and didn’t get any airplay where I was living, or I’d probably have them on vinyl also.
What was most interesting, though, was Thompson’s pick for Numero Uno: perhaps not obvious, but highly cherishable. We’re talking “Bus Stop” by the Hollies, from 1966:
A Graham Gouldman jewel, one in a stream of hits for Graham Nash and company, but bedecked with such glorious harmonies and magnificent melody that nothing else they ever did came close.
Gouldman also wrote #8, the Yardbirds’ “For Your Love,” a song that annoyed Eric Clapton greatly enough to induce him to quit the band entirely, which assures its inclusion here. (The next Yardbirds single, “Heart Full of Soul,” was also a Gouldman tune.)
The Hollies followed up “Bus Stop” with “Stop! Stop! Stop!” This wasn’t a Gouldman tune the band came up with this one themselves but weirdly, Gouldman wrote and recorded a song called “Stop Stop Stop,” without the exclamation points, that same year.