Terry Black – “Baby’s Gone” (1966)
I liked this a lot, but I kept thinking it would sound much better sung by a girl (as in “a girl singer from the 60’s”), because I reckon it’d make a great torch song. Why can’t I find any cover versions of this sung by a girl? Grrr. (Or maybe that should be Grrrl.*)
The Move – “Curly“ (1969)
I honestly don’t know how to respond to either “Curly” or The Move. I know that I’m supposed to absolutely adore it because it’s by The Move, and I’m supposed to love The Move even more. (One music critic I like, George Starostin, goes into paroxysms when talking about Roy Wood and The Move: “Wood was, no doubt about it, one of the most brilliant musical geniuses of his epoch” etc) However, I like the song. I like The Move. I like Roy Wood, but I don’t actually think the band (or Roy) were all that revolutionary. Sure, their instrumentation was occasionally odd (you can thank Roy’s imagination for that), but to me that’s irrelevant – what matters to me, as always, is the song itself. “Curly” is pleasant, but I don’t think it’s the work of brilliant musical geniuses. (Or maybe the plural of that is “genii”.) For me, I’ll describe “Curly” in a word that has the unfortunate habit of damning with faint praise: it’s “pleasant”.
The Coasters – “Shake ‘Em Up And Let ‘Em Roll” (1968)
I hadn’t heard this before. I didn’t mind it, but I can imagine The Band doing a cracking version of this song.
Gene Vincent – “Lotta Lovin'” (1957)
One Elvis clone. I’d always thought that Gene Vincent was Gene: Leather-Clad Individualist. This song, however, throws that notion out the window. Unfortunately for Gene, “Lotta Lovin'” reminds me of one of my favourite Elvis songs, “Stuck On You” (1960):
(I’ve never been much of an Elvis fan, but everything – and I mean every single thing – about “Stuck On You” is utterly, completely, and totally irresistible to me. And Elvis’s singing in the middle eight makes my brain perform cartwheels.)
The T-Bones – “No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach Is In)” (1965)
Groovy. I like it a lot. (Update: I’ve heard it a few more times now. I’ve also found out that it was originally an ad for Alka-Seltzer. I now officially Love This Song.)
(*Sorry about that.)