I’ve decided to do things a bit differently this weekend. Don’t ask me why (because I don’t know) but these songs have taken up permanent residence in my head for the past few days. So I couldn’t think of a better solution than posting them on my blog. All three are classics in their own right and if you haven’t heard them before, you need to hear them.
- Small Faces – Itchycoo Park
Released in the year 1967, this unarguably the Small faces best known song. If we are to believe Wikipedia (and I can’t think of any reason not to seeing as it has guided me to success with my many college essays in the past) where was I? Oh yeah Wikipedia. If we are to believe Wikipedia then The song was one of the first pop singles to use flanging, an effect that can be heard in the bridge section after each chorus. You can take two valuable pieces of information away from that factoid of information. One, if you have a technical music mind, then you will be acknowledging the use of flanging. For the rest of ye I hope you noticed the word ‘pop’. Yes this is a pop song. And no it sounds nothing like the crap that bombards the airwaves these days. Which just leaves me wondering, what has gone wrong with music?
- The Animals – We’ve gotta get out of this place
Released in 1965, this song was one of The Animals spearhead tracks that allowed them to successfully take America. We’ve gotta get out of this place incorporates the unmistakable vocals of Eric Burdon wits some interesting signature music that can be heard in their other hits such as ‘House of the rising sun’ and ‘Please don’t let me be misunderstood’. Since I am in the habit of doling out wiki trinkets of information, lets say what they have to say about this one. According to Wikipedia this song ‘was immensely popular among United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War.’ So there you have it.
- The Moody Blues – Nights in white satin
Like Itchycoo Park, this song was released in 1967. Only that’s where the similarities end. Nights in white satin, when first released only managed to reach number 19 in the UK singles chart. Many, including the band members, believe that the 7 plus minute length of the song accounted for its original demise. But it was re-released after The Beetles cleared a path with ‘Hey Jude’, also up in the 7 minute club. The Moody Blues had far greater success second time round as ‘it charted at #2 on Billboard magazine and #1 on Cash Box in the United States, earning a gold single for sales of a million copies and was also #1 in Canada.’ (yes that was also taken from Wikipedia)
So there you have it. Three great songs from three great British bands, released during the greatest decade music has ever seen. Hope you enjoy