Song of the day: Frank Converse and The Cake – "She’s Leaving Home"

March 6, 2013

The things you see on the Internet.

One of the blogs I visit regularly (i.e., daily) is PowerPop. One of the contributors there, Steve Smiles (Hi, Steve!), posted a song by an American psychedelic girl group from the ’60s called The Cake. Steve posted this:

The Cake – “You Can Have Him” (on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, August 1967)

To me, that was The Shangri-Las on peyote.

Anyway, I watched that video then read the comments after the post. Commenter MJConroy (Hi, MJC!) said these ominous words:

Here is the full Cake story.”

I say “ominous” because it led me inexorably to the following two videos, which are quite possibly even weirder than the one above.

When I went to the full Cake story I found this video embedded in the page:

Frank Converse and The Cake – “She’s Leaving Home (on Popendipity, November 16, 1967)

I’ve seen that twice now, and it was even stranger the second time.

Incidentally, that Frank Converse video reminded me of something similar that was done in Australian a couple of decades later.

Here’s Australian actor Leonard Teale, and his interpretation of a fairly well-known song:

Leonard Teale – “Stairway To Heaven (1990)

Here are the the more familiar versions to bring you back to the Earth you live in (as opposed to the alternate reality presented in those other videos):

The Beatles – “She’s Leaving Home (1967)

Led Zeppelin – “Stairway To Heaven (1971)