“If you want to be continuously bummed out, you should read the news.”
My dad told me this once after I tried to get him into RSS feeds.((Something I’m still pretty much addicted to)) It’s a true statement, but seems to hold more weight in the last few weeks than in recent memory. With the continuation of attacks in Gaza, police militarization in Ferguson, escalation of offenses in the Ukraine, and the suicide of one of my favorite comedians, I opted to take this edition of The Never-Ending Playlist and make something positive out of it.
My parents loved listening to compilations when I was a kid. In fact, Lenny Kaye’s Nuggets compilation is the earliest album I remember owning on cassette.((Aside from anti-consumer advocate/children’s singer Raffi)) Every so often, my mom or dad would dub songs from tapes to blank tapes, making their own compilation mixtapes to listen during long car trips or in the kitchen.
Like last month’s playlist segment,((Pardon the lack of updates. There will be another one next week.)) I focus on ’60s/early ’70s baroque pop, rock, and psychedelic groups. However, instead of trying to highlight the psychedelic movement, I’m simply creating a compilation of my own to temporarily drown out bad news for a few minutes.
(Starting from Track 54)
54) Bee Gees – I Started A Joke
My girlfriend and I think this would make for an excellent montage in a film. For all I know, it was already used in that way. The scene in The Fighter where the mother sings a rendition of this song is pretty beautiful, too.
55) The Kinks – Waterloo Sunset
I chose this for two reasons: it’s a beautiful pop song, and I was at a wedding wedding this past weekend for friends who got engaged on Waterloo Bridge at sunset (yes, because of the song). It’s not my favorite Kinks song, but it’s a great song, nonetheless.
56) The Troggs – With A Girl Like You
It’s a great original Troggs song. Also, the bride and groom at the wedding danced to it during their first dance.
57) The Who – Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand
Did I pick a random song from The Who Sell Out? Sort of, but not really. This is one of my favorite Who songs.
58) The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man
A better rendition of the song than Dylan’s own version. Fun Fact #4: I’m not a huge Dylan fan (and while we’re on the subject, I hate, hate, hate Nashville Skyline).
59) Small Faces – Lazy Sunday
My second favorite song off Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake, one of the best albums of the ’60s.
60) The Ronettes – Be My Baby
The first Ronettes song I ever heard. I got into the Ronettes around the same time I got into the Beatles, but forgot about them for the better part of a decade.
61) Herman’s Hermits – No Milk Today
A Nuggets classic, and probably the only minor key-driven song on this playlist.
62) The Monkees – Daydream Believer
These days, I’m using every chance I can to get people to The Monkees. This is one of the best songs of all time,((Of all time!)) and possibly the best Monkees song that’s not “Porpoise Song”.
63) The Lovin’ Spoonful – Daydream
I fondly remember hearing this in a car at the age of three. The dynamic of the song make the song, more or less, but it’s also well written and fairly intricate, despite being a quasi-goofy pop song.
64) The Beach Boys – God Only Knows
One of my favorite Beach Boys songs, one of my favorite songs off Pet Sounds (though I really do like them all), and one of the first pop/rock songs to mention “God” in the lyrics.
65) Love – Old Man
It’s sort of a sad song, but it’s pretty upbeat in the way it’s written/played. Arthur Lee’s vocals are slightly subdued for a large part of the song’s duration, and it shows his strengths as one of the best pop vocalists ever.
66) The Zombies – This Will Be Our Year
This will probably be my wedding song, unless I read too much into the lyrics and deem it inappropriate. It’s one of the best Zombies songs, and I like it a lot better without the horns (though the horns don’t detract from the song in that particular version).