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…
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!