Felix Cavaliere and his bandmates: they were the Young Rascals.
While reading about Vince Guaraldi I came across this, three minutes of joy and a memory from my youth.
Another fine Vince Guaraldi production: "Cast Your Fate to the Wind".
"Whatever happened to the 60s rock band The Strawberry Alarm Clock, who had the hit 'Incense and Peppermints' in 1967?"
I gotta agree with this:
But for 1966 and 1967, that period of psychedelic fluorescence, and the subsequent years of 1968, and yes, maybe even 1969……it fits.
Incense and Peppermints and The Strawberry Alarm Clock fits with the general zeitgeist of the times.
My favorite bit from the interview is this:
Song that sounds most like Florida
“American Girl.” We were so young when we wrote that, and it was the first song where we found our sound: the harmonics in the instruments, the beats, the words, the youthful angst and excitement. We had just come from Florida out to Los Angeles and it comes across in that song beautifully. It’s who we are, it’s our Deep South roots. It’s the soul of the song.
The [State Road] 441 mentioned in that terrific song is a road I drove many Saturday nights of my senior year in high school to see the girl who would become my wife of now 42.5 years.
Tyler Cowen pays handsome tribute to the skills and achievements of Sir Paul. I can't argue with any of it, but back when I was a kid and everybody had to choose up sides--Beatles or Stones--I went with the Stones and I haven't changed my mind.
Related: Bob Dylan expresses his huge admiration for McCartney.
Bonus: Peter Jackson advertises his forthcoming film about the Beatles, Get Back.
From Wag the Dog: A fine movie with a fine theme by Mark Knopfler.
"Have you ever bought an album from a “one-hit-wonder” artist or band, only to find out the entire album was good? If so, what was the album?"
Opera's loss was blues and folk music's gain.
BoDeans, "Live from the Pabst".