Monday’s Music Moves Me: Random Surf

Back with more random today, this time specifically from the surf genre. I used Spotify to generate this list, and realized that Spotify doesn’t know surf that well, so I kept generating lists until I had ten.

  1. The Surfaris, “Point Panic” Used this in a comment earlier today, and decided to start here. The Surfaris are best known for “Wipe Out”; this was the follow-up.
  2. The Ventures, “Secret Agent Man” The Ventures can take just about any song and turn it into a surf song. This one was kind of a surf song to start with, anyway.
  3. The Rivieras, “California Sun” A band made up of teenagers from South Bend, Indiana, this is a cover of a Joe Jones song. It reached #2 on the Hot 100, behind The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand.”
  4. Martin Denny, “The Enchanted Sea” It might not be surf per se, but I thought it was a worthy addition. Martin Denny was the father of “exotica,” which I think I’ll let Wikipedia explain.
  5. The Chantays, “Pipeline” A surf classic. What more is there to say?
  6. Jon & The Nightriders, “Riptide” Another classic, updated by a latter-day surf band about which I can find little.
  7. The Belairs, “Mr. Moto” One of the pioneer bands of surf music with their best-known song, with a tip of the hat to Peter Lorre.
  8. Dick Dale, “Let’s Go Trippin'” One of the great names in surf guitar, with his second hit after “Misirlou.”
  9. Los Straitjackets, “The Lonely Bull” I wanted to get Los Straitjackets and this song in somewhere, and I killed two birds with one stone.
  10. The Pyramids, “Penetration” Yet another classic.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for September 9, 2019.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Total Randomness

There are times when you know that you more or less promised people you were going to do something, and when it comes time to do it, you find yourself saying, “I don’t WANNA!” Today is one such day. I know I had asked for suggestions of songs that had units of time and sorta-kinda promised I’d do them today, but when I got up I was feeling like doing something different. So, apologies to everyone who suggested songs expecting to hear them today. I’ll get back to them soon, maybe for the next freebie day, maybe later this week or next, I don’t know.

Instead, I tried an experiment: I let iTunes choose 25 rock songs from my collection (“rock” being a general term that includes a whole bunch of sub-genres, as you’ll see), chose ten of them, and built a playlist. Enjoy.

  1. Toto, “Lea” Toto recently celebrated their 40th anniversary by releasing 40 Trips Around The Sun, a compilation of songs from all their albums to date. “Lea” originally appeared on their 1986 album Fahrenheit. The guy who made the video added scenes from the 2008 film The Duchess starring Keira Knightley (who was not named Lea in the movie), which I think we’ve seen but I don’t believe this song is in it, so I think “Angel Elvis,” who created the video, was just being artsy-fartsy.
  2. Traveling Wilburys, “Seven Deadly Sins” From The Wilburys’ second album, called, appropriately enough, Volume 3. Though he appears in the video, Roy Orbison (a/k/a Lefty Wilbury) had passed away before they started recording the album.
  3. Tommy Emmanuel, “Still Can’t Say Goodbye” This is a live version of the song off of Tommy’s 2004 album Endless Road. He tells the story behind it at the beginning of the video, and it’s quite lovely.
  4. Huey Lewis & The News, “Walking On A Thin Line” From their ultra-popular 1984 album Sports, it’s a song about the veterans of the Vietnam War who came home to a lot of disrespect, as if they hadn’t already faced enough horror.
  5. Ambergris, “Play On Player” Ambergris was a strange little band (well, not so little; I think there were nine members). Founded by Jerry Weiss, one of the original members of Blood Sweat & Tears, they recorded one album, an eponymous one from 1970. I had a copy of the album and played the grooves off it (they sounded a lot like Tower of Power, as you’ll hear), but I think I was the only one who did. I would see it in ads for Columbia House, who were always willing to sell you a dozen albums for a penny. Even at one-twelfth of a penny, most thought it overpriced.
  6. Little River Band, “Everyday Of My Life” From the LRB’s second album, 1976’s After Hours, it reached #29 in Australia that year. I have it on a best-of compilation, which I bought because the only song by them I thought I knew was “Reminiscin’.” Turns out I knew a whole bunch more songs by them…
  7. Blood Sweat & Tears, “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know” Al Kooper heard Chicago’s own The Buckinghams and got all excited to hear rock with horns, so he and fellow former Blues Project member Steve Katz formed the band along with Bobby Colomby, Fred Halligan and others, including the aforementioned Jerry Weiss, and recorded 1968’s Child Is Father To The Man, from which this is taken. Kooper later faded into obscurity, BS&T hired David Clayton-Thomas as its lead vocalist, and they went on to make musical history.
  8. Dick Dale, “Misirlou” Debbie D., who blogs over at The Doglady’s Den and is a participant in Battle of the Bands (and whose blog you should read), featured this song in a recent battle, where she mentioned that this song is a traditional tune from the Eastern Mediterranean. Dick Dale made it a surf classic that found its way into the Pulp Fiction soundtrack.
  9. The Beatles, “From Me To You” The Fab Four’s first album, Please Please Me, was originally turned down by Capitol Records. Parlophone, their British record label, then licensed the album to Gary, Indiana’s Vee Jay Records, along with a few of their singles, including this song. This is from The Beatles’ 1 album, and it can also be found on the Past Masters: Volume 1 album.
  10. Chicago, “Reruns” From Chicago 13, which was rated one star by AllMusic.com. It was the band’s second album since the death of Terry Kath, and the last one to feature Kath’s replacement, Donnie Dacus, who is now playing with Chicago’s former drummer Danny Seraphine in a band called “The California Transiut Authority.” As with many Chicago songs, it was written and sung by keyboardist Robert Lamm.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 6, 2018.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Chosen by Pandora

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After dealing with my current dental insurance carrier about next year (long story, you don’t wanna hear it), I was having trouble deciding what to base my MMMM playlist on. I finally decided, don’t try and come up with it; let Pandora do it.

I know, all the cool kids these days are using Spotify, but it drives me crazy. Admittedly, it’s a short trip, but anytime I try and listen to a Spotify playlist, it puts me through the twelve trials of Hercules just to play the music. Besides, I’ve been with Pandora a long time, and old habits die hard. However, you won’t need a Pandora account to play this music.

I chose the song “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?” by The Lovin’ Spoonful as the basis for my station and chose the first ten songs that Pandora gave me back, which, oddly enough, didn’t include the song I gave it. So I added it, and skipped any other songs by John Sebastian and Company that came up in the mix. The result was a playlist of goodies, generally from the mid-to-late 1960’s (with one from the early 1970’s), some obscure and others you probably haven’t heard in a good while. In fact, some were so obscure I couldn’t even find them on YouTube. A shame, because they were totally groovy, man…

  1. Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind? – The Lovin’ Spoonful: The seed for this playlist, it was a hit for them in 1966, reaching #2 in the US and #6 in Canada.
  2. Annie Fanny – The Kingsmen: The Kingsmen are best known as the band that recorded the immortal classic “Louie, Louie” in 1963, but they had a few other mostly-regional hits. “Annie Fanny” (no doubt named for the infamous Playboy cartoon) reached #47 on the Hot 100 in 1965.
  3. Time Of The Season – The Guess Who: No doubt recorded before they hit it big, this is a cover of The Zombies’ hit from 1968.
  4. Do It Again – The Beach Boys: It only reached #20 in the US in 1968, but was a #1 for them in the UK and Australia.
  5. It’s Hard To Hide – The Avengers: Garage Rock Radio tells us The Avengers were a New Zealand pop band formed in the late 1960’s. Apparently they were a hit in NZ but nowhere else.
  6. San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) – Scott McKenzie: This brings back some pretty strong memories for me. It was released in May 1967, a few short months after my father’s death and a couple of months before Mom and the three of us went to San Francisco and stayed with a family we knew, who was living in Palo Alto for the summer. (I learned later that Mom had considered moving there, and was interviewing for teaching jobs at the time.) ’67 was “The Summer Of Love,” according to Time and Life magazines, and we were there in the thick of it, albeit under the watchful eye of my mother. Anyway, the song reached #4 on the Hot 100, #2 on the RPM Magazine survey (Canada), and #1 in the UK and several other countries, selling over seven million copies (I think that makes it multi-platinum).
  7. Tin Man – America: It surprised me when this popped up, but it has the same sort of feel as the others. Or whatever. It was a hit in 1974, going to #4 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. It was on the album Holiday, the first produced by Sir George Martin for them.
  8. With All In Mind – Clear Light: The eponymous first (and only) album by Los Angeles psychedelic rockers Clear Light. The album was released in September 1967 and rose all the way to #147 on the album chart.
  9. Sunshine Superman – Donovan: From 1966, this was a #1 hit for him in the US, also reaching #2 in the UK and #4 in Australia.
  10. Bus Stop – The Hollies: Also from 1966, this went to #5 in the US and the UK, and #1 in Canada.

And that’s it for this edition of Monday’s Music Moves Me. Next week starts the Christmas music Bacchanalia; don’t miss it!

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