Song of the day: The Groop – "Woman You’re Breaking Me"

February 7, 2010

Here’s The Groop with “Woman You’re Breaking Me” (1967):


Apart from its general grooviness (or should that be “Groop-iness”?), my favourite part of the song is the tom-toms. They’re very well recorded, and possibly the loudest thing on the track. Listening to the song – and its rampant use of tom-toms – I wonder if the band had recently spent a lot of money on a new set of tom-toms for their drummer and were determined to have them recorded as prominently (and as often) as possible. (“Hey, engineer guy – we spent an entire year’s allowance on those toms. You better make them loud and clear, pal…”)

However, there is one thing about the song that concerns me: the lead singer sounds as if he has weak bones, because he keeps singing about how his woman is breaking him. (That can’t be good. How is he going to perform in front of a crowd if he’s broken?)

Song of the day: The Groop – "Such A Lovely Way"

September 25, 2009

Here’s The Groop with “Such A Lovely Way” (1968):


There are plenty of reasons why I like “Such A Lovely Way” – it has pre-LRB Glenn Shorrock* and pre-solo career Brian Cadd, two Australian vocalists I like a lot, singing dual lead vocals; it swings, baby, as only a 1968 recording can (in other words, it’s so 1968) – but the main one is that it’s the only Australian song from the 60’s that I can think of where the bass guitar is playing lead at the song’s start before those pesky singers get in the way. Any song that has the bass playing lead is alright by me.

(*Update: I just found out, courtesy of eagle-eyed reader Simon, that Glenn Shorrock was never in The Groop, which shows my level of ignorance. The lead vocal duties were shared by Brian Cadd and a chap by the name of Ronnie Charles.)