Came the sun, the ice was melting

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.


  1. Saint Russell »

    2 April 2010 · 11:40 am

    He does like those minor keys, doesn’t he? “No Milk Today” is another example. That one made it to #35 on the US charts, which is rather impressive for a B-side!

  2. CGHill »

    2 April 2010 · 1:27 pm

    Indeed. (The A-side, Ray Davies’ “Dandy,” was no slouch either.) In the UK, of course, “No Milk Today” was a monster of a hit, and “Dandy” never came out on a single. The Invaders apparently never did manage to enforce their will.

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