Song of the day: The Association – "Windy"

October 3, 2011

A couple of months ago I played you what I thought was a bit of pop perfection, The Association’s “Never My Love”. That prompted the fabulous Young_Davy (he calls himself “Old_Davy”, but I refuse to call him old) to comment:

“Try ‘Everything That Touches You’ by this band for THE perfect pop song.”

To remind myself of how the song went, I whipped out Just The Right Sound: The Association Anthology and duly listened to “Everything That Touches You” again. I thought the song was nice, but “Nup”.

To be fair, though, I’ll play it to you and you can decide for yourself. Your ears may tell you a different story (i.e., The Story of Hearing the Perfect Pop Song):

The Association – “Everything That Touches You (1968)

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But now to today’s featured song…

As I listened to The Association’s best-of album, I got to track 20 (“Windy”), I started listening, and its main tune got stuck in my head – just as it did the last time I heard the song. And that tune stayed in my head for the rest of the day – just as it did the last time I heard it. That leads me to a rhetorical question: does a song that stays in your head all day make it a perfect pop song?

The Association – “Windy (1967)

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Now that’s going to be stuck in my head all day again.

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Song of the day: The Association – "Never My Love"

July 30, 2011

It’s not Australian, and it’s not power pop, but I have a burning desire to play you this song.

I think it’s pop perfection:

The Association – “Never My Love (1967)

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The Association – Never My Love by epb21


Song of the day: Blue Swede – "Never My Love"

October 11, 2010

OK, this will be definitely be the last song plucked from the Super Hits Of The ’70s: Have A Nice Day series, but I was stunned when I heard it for the first time just the other day. This, for me, simply defies belief:

Blue Swede – “Never My Love (1974)

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I’d never heard any cover version of “Never My Love” before, and didn’t even know that one existed (I’d always assumed that it would have been considered untouchable by other musicians), so whilst I was merrily listening to the Have A Nice Day series and the name of the artist and track popped up, I was intrigued: “Ah, Blue Swede – I haven’t heard them in ages. I wonder if their ‘Never My Love’ is a cover version of the song by The Association…”.

It was.

Now that I’ve heard it, I have to ask: what were they thinking? What I heard was the sound of a sublime sunshine pop song given the ‘ooga-chucka’ treatment by a band that, as far as I can tell, has absolutely no idea of the concept of subtlety. I’m happy to hear ooga-chucka nice’n’loud most of the time, but why that song? Couldn’t they have picked on something else? Something that could withstand the ‘ooga-chucka’ treatment?

For Blue Swede to stomp all over a gorgeous pieces of pop music is wrong, wrong, wrong*.

This is how “Never My Love” is supposed to sound:

The Association – “Never My Love (1967)

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(*Well, that’s what I reckon anyway. You might think Blue Swede’s version is great. “Yeah! The stompier the better!”)


Musical coincidences # 43

February 15, 2010

I was over at Popdose again, this time reading The Popdose Guide to the Steve Miller Band, Part 2. When I played one of the songs in that post I thought they’d made a mistake. It’s “Something To Believe In” which I’d never heard before, and it starts thusly*:

Steve Miller Band – “Something To Believe In” (1973) (beginning)

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When it started I thought they’d replaced the track with The Association‘s “Never My Love“, mainly because “Never My Love” starts exactly like this:

The Association – “Never My Love” (1967) (beginning)

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I know that it’s only the first five notes of each song, and probably very trivial, but it gives me an excuse to play you “Never My Love,” one of all-time favourite sunshine pop songs.

Here are the full versions:

Steve Miller Band – “Something To Believe In” (1973)

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The Association – “Never My Love” (1967)

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(*How pretentious. Note to self: Peter, next time try using the phrase “like this”.)