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Songs for People with Two Ears Revisited

30 December 2011

And after a long spell, another collection of songs that are seldom heard in stereo, with yet another variation on the same cover art. As before, this includes rather a lot of DES — “Digitally Extracted Stereo” — which is essentially fakery, but often really good fakery. A couple of these are sync mixes: the original 45 and a karaoke track fused into a single sort-of-stereo whole.

Note: “Paperback Writer” is routinely available in stereo, but the canonical mix is none too good; this is a remix. And the Doors track is an attempt at duplicating the 45 mix, by cutting, pieceing, and retiming the stereo LP version. I didn’t do either of these myself, so don’t ask me how it was done.

Cover art, Wendex 111147-2Track listing for 111147-2:

  1. The Dave Clark Five: Do You Love Me
  2. Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders: Game of Love
  3. The Skyliners: Since I Don’t Have You
  4. Martha and the Vandellas: Jimmy Mack
  5. The Beatles: Paperback Writer
  6. Chubby Checker: Hooka Tooka
  7. Preston Epps: Bongo Bongo Bongo
  8. Sagittarius: My World Fell Down
  9. The Yardbirds: I’m a Man
  10. The Shocking Blue: Venus
  11. The Beach Boys: Heroes and Villains
  12. Them: Baby Please Don’t Go
  13. Sonny and Cher: Baby Don’t Go
  14. The 13th Floor Elevators: You’re Gonna Miss Me
  15. Wilson Pickett: Funky Broadway
  16. The Animals: We Gotta Get Out of This Place
  17. The Crystals: Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)
  18. Sly and the Family Stone: Hot Fun in the Summertime
  19. King Harvest: Dancing in the Moonlight
  20. The Doors: Light My Fire
  21. The Temptations: Papa Was a Rolling Stone
  22. The Rivieras: California Sun
  23. Edwin Starr: Agent Double-O-Soul
  24. Eddie Cochran: Summertime Blues
  25. The Murmaids: Popsicles and Icicles
  26. Bobby Darin: Splish Splash
  27. The Soul Survivors: Expressway to Your Heart

2 1/2 Weeks

23 July 2011

Dear me, it’s been almost a year since I picked up the burner. And it took Rebecca Black to rouse me from my torpor. 2½ Weeks is an 18-track compilation covering, well, a little over 2½ weeks, starting of course with “Friday.” A hint to you songwriters out there: we need more good Wednesday and Thursday stuff.

Cover art, Wendex 111146-2Track listing for 111146-2:

  1. Rebecca Black: Friday
  2. Sam Cooke: Another Saturday Night
  3. Spanky and Our Gang: Sunday Mornin’
  4. The Mamas and the Papas: Monday, Monday
  5. The Moody Blues: Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)
  6. Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories: Waiting for Wednesday
  7. Giles, Giles and Fripp: Thursday Morning
  8. The Cure: Friday I’m in Love
  9. Elton John: Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting
  10. The Clique: Sugar on Sunday
  11. The Boomtown Rats: I Don’t Like Mondays
  12. The Rolling Stones: Ruby Tuesday
  13. The Guess Who: A Wednesday in Your Garden
  14. Nilsson: (Thursday) Here’s Why I Didn’t Go to Work Today
  15. The Easybeats: Friday on My Mind
  16. Bay City Rollers: Saturday Night
  17. The Monkees: Pleasant Valley Sunday
  18. Bangles: Manic Monday


15 August 2010

Once upon a time, I discovered that at least three songs titled “Run, Run, Run” had made the pop charts. Repeating words seemed to be a common theme; I knocked this out originally as a cassette, and with some minor changes (including all three “Run” songs for once) it’s now on a CD-R. The strange four-legged creature was spotted selling hosiery forty or so years ago, so she’s probably heard some of these tunes.

Cover art, Wendex 111145-2Track listing for 111145-2:

  1. Abba: I Do (x 5)
  2. Neil Diamond: Cherry (x 2)
  3. Andrea True Connection: More (x 3)
  4. Ohio Express: Yummy (x 3)
  5. Cher: Bang (x 2)
  6. Tommy James and the Shondells: Mony (x 2)
  7. The Hollies: Stop (x 3)
  8. Hank Ballard and the Midnighters: Let’s Go (x 3)
  9. The Byrds: Turn (x 3)
  10. The Sandpipers: Louie (x 2)
  11. The Castaways: Liar (x 2)
  12. Miriam Makeba: Pata (x 2)
  13. The Beau Brummels: Laugh (x 2)
  14. The Beach Boys: Fun (x 3)
  15. Don Covay and the Goodtimers: Mercy (x 2)
  16. The Buckinghams: Mercy (x 3)
  17. Gene McDaniels: Chip (x 2)
  18. The Dixie Cups: Iko (x 2)
  19. The Music Machine: Talk (x 2)
  20. Alive & Kicking: Tighter (x 2)
  21. The Magic Lanterns: Shame (x 2)
  22. The Playmates: Beep (x 2)
  23. The Rolling Stones: Doo (x 5) *
  24. The Third Rail: Run (x 3)
  25. The Supremes: Run (x 3)
  26. Jo Jo Gunne: Run (x 3)
  27. The Archies: Sugar (x 2)
  28. The Jamies: Summertime (x 2)
  29. Major Lance: Um (x 6)

* Also known as “Heartbreaker.”

By the Numbers 2

7 March 2010

The sequel to the long-ago By the Numbers took a few liberties not taken in the original: an ordinal, rather than cardinal number (“21st Century Schizoid Man”); a song in which part of the title, but not the actual number, is mentioned (“5 D,” which uses the word “dimension”); and the Prince song, in which “4” is used in a sense other than numerical. Not to mention that the Brothers Johnson, as did Shuggie Otis in the original, don’t actually say “23,” but do say “22.” I figure that this departure from stylistic purity will help if ever I do By the Numbers 3.

Cover art, Wendex 111144-2Track listing for 111144-2:

  1. The Fixx: Saved by Zero
  2. Len Barry: 1-2-3
  3. Prince: I Would Die 4 U
  4. The Byrds: 5 D (Fifth Dimension)
  5. Dave Dudley: Six Days on the Road
  6. Rosanne Cash: Seven Year Ache
  7. Herman’s Hermits: I’m Henry VIII, I Am
  8. The Temptations: Cloud Nine
  9. The Yardbirds: Happenings Ten Years Time Ago
  10. Neil Sedaka: Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen
  11. Alice Cooper: I’m Eighteen
  12. Paul Hardcastle: 19
  13. King Crimson: 21st Century Schizoid Man
  14. The Brothers Johnson: Strawberry Letter 23
  15. Edwin Starr: Twenty-Five Miles
  16. Toni Basil: I’m 28
  17. The Showmen: 39-21-40 Shape*
  18. Little Carl Carlton: 46 Drums 1 Guitar
  19. Paul Simon: 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
  20. Sammy Hagar: I Can’t Drive 55
  21. Candy and the Kisses: The 81
  22. Nena: 99 Luftballons
  23. Wilson Pickett: Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won’t Do)

* Occasionally shown as “39-21-46.”

Give It To Me

21 June 2009

With one notable exception, these are songs with “give” or “gimme” in the title — and given how ferociously Chrissie Hynde demands “Give it to me,” I wasn’t about to leave off “Brass in Pocket.” And yes, Rick Astley is rolled into the mix. Artwork from a mid-20th-century ad for “NoMend” hosiery.

Cover art, Wendex 111143-2Track listing for 111143-2:

  1. The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter
  2. Supertramp: Give a Little Bit
  3. Abba: Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
  4. Spencer Davis Group: Gimme Some Lovin’
  5. George Benson: Give Me the Night
  6. Crazy Elephant: Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’
  7. Jessica James and the Outlaws: Give Her Up (Baby)
  8. The All-American Rejects: Gives You Hell
  9. Rick Astley: Never Gonna Give You Up
  10. Spanky and Our Gang: Give a Damn
  11. James Brown: I Don’t Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing
  12. The Chairmen of the Board: Give Me Just a Little More Time
  13. Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush: Don’t Give Up
  14. 1910 Fruitgum Co.: Indian Giver
  15. Jerry Butler: Never Give You Up
  16. Brenton Wood: Gimme Little Sign
  17. Parliament: (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker) Give Up the Funk
  18. Pretenders: Brass in Pocket (I’m Special)
  19. The J. Geils Band: Give It to Me

Random Crap

10 January 2009

Actually, these selections are not entirely random, and some of them might not be crap; this compilation originated from an urge to come up with something with high WTF factor for automotive purposes — in the unlikely event I have a passenger, that’s the response desired — and the name and graphic originate with the fabled Woot grab-bag, which I’ve been fortunate enough to purchase three times now. The songs range from very recent to more than thirty years old, which enhances the WTFitude.

Cover art, Wendex 111142-2Track listing for 111142-2:

  1. Bazuka featuring Tony Camillo: Dynomite
  2. She & Him: I Was Made for You
  3. Deftones: Hole in the Earth
  4. Daft Punk: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
  5. Joan Baez: Time Rag
  6. The White Stripes: Icky Thump
  7. Plain White T’s: 1, 2, 3, 4
  8. Alison Krauss + Union Station: New Favorite
  9. Weezer: Pork and Beans
  10. Leo Kottke: Up Tempo
  11. Death Cab for Cutie: I Will Possess Your Heart
  12. Stone Temple Pilots: Sour Girl
  13. Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody
  14. The Replacements: Waitress in the Sky
  15. Gorod 312: Nevidimka
  16. R. E. M.: Losing My Religion
  17. The Explorer Club: Do You Love Me
  18. Susan Fassbinder: Twilight Cafe
  19. Modest Mouse: Float On
  20. Jimmy Webb: If You See Me Getting Smaller I’m Leaving

Songs Without Words 4

6 December 2008

Last year I sort of promised Michael Bates I’d have another Songs without Words, and “Rinky Dink” would be in it. Well, I do, and it is. (There’s also a discussion of pop/rock instrumentals at that link, and at this one.) And yes, it’s that David Seville.

Cover art, Wendex 111141-2Track listing for 111141-2:

  1. The Tornadoes: Telstar
  2. Spencer Ross and His Orchestra: Tracy’s Theme
  3. The Rebels: Wild Weekend
  4. A. B. Skhy: Camel Back
  5. Johnny and the Hurricanes: Reveille Rock
  6. Mongo Santamaria: Watermelon Man
  7. Billy Strange and His Orchestra: Goldfinger
  8. The Marketts: Surfer’s Stomp
  9. Morris Stoloff and His Orchestra: Moonglow and Theme from Picnic
  10. Los Indios Tabajaras: Maria Elena
  11. The Incredible Bongo Band: Apache
  12. Charles Randolph Grean Sounde: Quentin’s Theme
  13. Dave “Baby” Cortez: Rinky Dink
  14. The Brass Ring: Love Theme from Flight of the Phoenix
  15. Sandy Nelson: Let There Be Drums
  16. Les Paul: Whispering
  17. Duane Eddy and the Rebels: Because They’re Young
  18. Henry Mancini and His Orchestra: Baby Elephant Walk
  19. David Seville: Armen’s Theme
  20. The Astronauts: Baja
  21. Ferrante and Teicher: Theme from The Apartment
  22. Travis Wammack: Scratchy
  23. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass: Casino Royale
  24. Chris Barber’s Jazz Band: Petite Fleur
  25. The Fireballs: Torquay
  26. Mantovani and His Orchestra: Games That Lovers Play
  27. The Ventures: Nutty
  28. The Beach Boys: Let’s Go Away for Awhile
  29. The Champs: Tequila

Fools Rush In

6 April 2008

Prodded by Both Sides Now, I put together twenty-six songs about fools, of which there have been an abundance during what Mr Kasem calls the Rock Era. The Mothers track is not the original from Freak Out!, but the doo-wop remake from Cruising with Ruben and the Jets. The original photo is “The Pigeon Crowd” by Andrew*, borrowed under Creative Commons.

Cover art, Wendex 111140-2Track listing for 111140-2:

  1. Brenda Lee: Fool #1
  2. Dino, Desi and Billy: I’m a Fool
  3. The Rolling Stones: Fool to Cry
  4. The Shirelles: Foolish Little Girl
  5. Elvin Bishop: Fooled Around and Fell in Love
  6. Ike and Tina Turner: A Fool in Love
  7. The Main Ingredient: Everybody Plays the Fool
  8. Freddie and the Dreamers: If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody
  9. Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers: Why Do Fools Fall in Love
  10. Connie Francis: Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool
  11. Joe Barry: I’m a Fool to Care
  12. The Drifters: Fools Fall in Love
  13. Led Zeppelin: Fool in the Rain
  14. Aretha Franklin: Chain of Fools
  15. The Beatles: The Fool on the Hill
  16. The Tams: Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy
  17. Lesley Gore: She’s a Fool
  18. Bobby “Blue” Bland: I Pity the Fool
  19. The Bobby Fuller Four: Love’s Made a Fool of You
  20. Lulu: Oh Me Oh My (I’m a Fool For You Baby)
  21. Sanford Clark: The Fool
  22. Debbie Gibson: Foolish Beat
  23. The Mothers of Invention: How Could I Be Such a Fool
  24. The Demensions: My Foolish Heart
  25. The Doobie Brothers: What a Fool Believes
  26. Rick Nelson: Fools Rush In

Superlong 3

10 February 2008

Once again, we have a small collection of longer-than-average songs, illustrated with some longer-than-average legs. (Bless you, Hanes.) Nine tracks on this disc, minimum six minutes each: a couple of them exceed ten minutes.

Cover art, Wendex 111139-2Track listing for 111139-2:

  1. The Chambers Brothers: Time Has Come Today
  2. Steely Dan: Deacon Blues
  3. Sugarloaf: Green-Eyed Lady
  4. The Temptations: Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone
  5. Arbogast and Ross: Chaos (Parts 1 and 2)
  6. George Benson: This Masquerade
  7. The Who: Underture from Tommy
  8. The Moody Blues: Nights in White Satin
  9. Jackson Browne: The Load-Out/Stay

Fewer Songs about Buildings and Food

2 December 2007

The title, of course, sends up Talking Heads, yet I resisted the temptation to include “Burning Down the House,” which qualifies as a song about a building. On the other hand, “Mayonaise,” in its Corganized form, isn’t really about food at all. Evidently the process of constructing these things is starting to get to me.

Cover art, Wendex 111138-2Track listing for 111138-2:

  1. The B-52’s: Love Shack
  2. The Association: Broccoli
  3. Average White Band: Cut the Cake
  4. The Four Tops: 7 Rooms of Gloom
  5. Smashing Pumpkins: Mayonaise
  6. Madness: Our House
  7. Dee Dee Sharp: Gravy
  8. Wendy Rene: Bar B Q
  9. Jim Lowe: Green Door
  10. Tin Tin: Toast and Marmalade for Tea
  11. The Clique: Sugar on Sunday
  12. Cathy Carr: Ivory Tower
  13. The Marathons: Peanut Butter
  14. Susan Christie: I Love Onions
  15. Frijid Pink: House of the Rising Sun
  16. Trini Lopez: Lemon Tree
  17. The Drifters: Three Thirty Three
  18. The Newbeats: Bread and Butter
  19. Freddie and the Dreamers: A Windmill in Old Amsterdam
  20. The Warner Bros.: Oleo Margarine
  21. The Clash: Rock the Casbah
  22. Jan and Dean: Popsicle
  23. Bow Wow Wow: I Want Candy
  24. Parliament: (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker) We Want the Funk