Monday, February 1, 2010

Sixty More

As I mentioned in the comments in the previous post, several singles were omitted from my top 100 list due to my negligence/ forgetfulness. Definitely Photograph should have been there, along with at least a couple of Jeff Beck-era Yardbird's singles. The opening chords to Evil Hearted You remain as shocking today as upon first listen in 1965, and Shapes of Things blows a hole in the atmosphere at 1:35 with Beck's psychedelic interlude.

Here is an unordered list of sixty songs that were all contenders, and if I could fit 164 into 100(+4) entries I would. Maybe a year from now I will revisit and refine the original list, but for now I think these 164 entries are a fine collection of the lost art of the 45rpm single.

A-Side B-Side Artist Year Link
Carpet Man The Magic Garden The 5th Dimension 1968Video
Earn Enough For Us(Australia only) The Man Who Sailed around His Soul XTC 1986Video
Grass Extrovert; Dear God XTC 1986Video
O, My Soul Morpha too-I'm in Love With a Girl Big Star 1974Video
September Gurls Mod Lang Big Star 1974Video
Say Goodbye Yeah Yeah Cheap Trick 1997Video
Stop This Game Who D'King Cheap Trick 1980Video
Surrender Auf Wiedersehen Cheap Trick 1978Video
Homburg Good Captain Clack Procol Harum 1967Video
Heroes V-2 Schneider David Bowie 1977Video
Golden Years Can You Hear Me David Bowie 1975Video
Changes Andy Warhol David Bowie 1972Video
#9 Dream What You Got John Lennon 1974Video
Mind Games Meat City John Lennon 1973Video
Stand by Me Move Over Ms L John Lennon 1975Video
Photograph Down and Out Ringo Starr 1973Video
It Dont' Come Easy Early 1970 Ringo Starr 1971Video
Back Off Boogaloo Blindman Ringo Starr 1972Video
When We Was Fab Zig Zag George Harrison 1988Video
Blow Away Soft Touch George Harrison 1979Video
Hi, Hi, Hi C Moon Wings 1972Video
The Back Seat of My Car Heart of the Country Paul McCartney 1971Video
Shangri-La This Man He Weeps Tonight The Kinks 1969Video
See My Friends Never Met a Girl Like You Before The Kinks 1965Video
Wonderboy Polly The Kinks 1968Video
Days She's Got Everything The Kinks 1968Video
Sleepwalker Full Moon The Kinks 1977Video
Dead End Street Big Black Smoke The Kinks 1966Video
Nutbush City Limits Help Him Ike and Tina Turner 1973Video
Help Me Just Like This Train Joni Mitchell 1974Video
Killer Queen Flick of the Wrist Queen 1974Video
Past, Present and Future Paradise The Shangri-Las 1966Video
Remember (Walking in the Sand) It's Easier to Cry The Shangri-Las 1964Video
Anarchy in the U.K. I Wanna Be Me Sex Pistols 1976Video
God Save The Queen No Feeling Sex Pistols 1977Video
See Emily Play Scarecrow Pink Floyd 1967Video
Arnold Layne Candy and a Currant Bun Pink Floyd 1967Video
Laughing Undun The Guess Who 1969Video
No Time Proper Stranger The Guess Who 1969Video
These Eyes Lightfoot The Guess Who 1969
Turn! Turn! Turn! She Don't Care About Time The Byrds 1965Video
So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star Everybody's Been Burned The Byrds 1967Video
Chestnut Mare Just a Season The Byrds 1970
Walk Away Renee I Haven't Got the Nerve The Left Banke 1966Video
The Little Girl I Once Knew There's No Other (Like My Baby) Beach Boys 1965Video
Wild Honey Wind Chimes Beach Boys 1967Video
White Rabbit Plastic Fantastic Lover Jefferson Airplane 1967Video
Little Games Puzzles Yardbirds 1967Video
Evil Hearted You Still I'm Sad Yardbirds 1965Video
For Your Love Got To Hurry Yardbirds 1965Video
Shapes of Things You're a Better Man Than I Yardbirds 1966Video
Happenings Ten Years Time Ago Psycho Daisies Yardbirds 1966Video
Over Under Sideways Down Jeff's Boogie Yardbirds 1966Video
It's My Life I'm Going to Change the World The Animals 1965Video
We've Gotta Get Out of This Place I Can't Believe It The Animals 1965Video
Stand! I Want to Take You Higher Sly and the Family Stone 1969Video
Hot Fun in the Summertime Fun Sly and the Family Stone 1969Video
I'm Free We're Not Going to Take It The Who 1969


Alex said...

More great choices... I can see how getting this down to 100 would be a bear.

Nice to see "Over Under Sideways Down" -- which so many people seem to forget.

A few nits: Where's XTC's "Making Plans for Nigel" or "Respectable Street" or "Generals & Majors" or "Towers of London"?

And can't we squeeze in one Marshall Crenshaw single? (Or Kate Bush or ABC or Tears for Fears or... well maybe I'll just have to make my own list!)

Mister Pleasant said...

It suddenly hit me today that half a dozen Stones singles fell by the wayside, including Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) and just about every 45 they released from Satisfaction up through Street Fighting Man.

You are right Alex, Respectable Street is a keeper. And I came very close to including Wuthering Heights but chickened out at the last minute. I think it was a remarkable achievement (take that Kate-haters!) And you know, there really are some killer Eurythmics singles that should be somewhere in a top 200.

These lists have a life of their own, and although I look forward to further discussion of these posts, my plan for an LP list is going on hiatus for a bit.

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Love seeing The Animals represented here! And hey but you know what I would put in my actual Top 100 let alone my 60 More if I had my act together enough to do a cool Top 100 like you have? When I Was Young! God I think that's a great song.

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

OK,THIS link still works! :-)

Mister Pleasant said...

Hey Who Am Us Anyway - that is a later Animals song that I've never heard before! And and excellent one it is. Eric Burdon sounds so world weary. Thanks for the link.

Holly A Hughes said...

Yes, we want some Marshall Crenshaw on here. (Forget that it's your list, and you may not like Marshall Crenshaw -- but now this list belongs to the world and we want more Marshall Crenshaw!) :D

I'm curious -- what if you limited yourself to only one single per artist? That might winnow things down. Of course it would mean that you'd have to discard extra Kinks tracks in order to make room for lesser bands, but still...

Mister Pleasant said...

Great idea Holly - taking just the top single for each artist on the existing list would certainly leave some room for some interesting choices.

I must admit I know almost nothing about Marshall Crenshaw. I vaguely remember a video or two from back in the golden age of MTV in the early 1980s. Given his power pop credentials and the advise of Alex and yourself, I should really do some investigation.

Alex said...

There's a great greatest-hits collection called This is Easy that's a good place to start. ("Mary Ann" and "Cynical Girl" from his first album are amazing slices of pure pop.)

On YouTube, check out Someday Someway, live versions of Whenever Your on My Mind, or Cynical Girl to get a taste...

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Mr. P: Your list 'n links are a public service. Gotta watch 'em all ...

Alex & Holly, thanks so much for the MC links; like Mr. Pleasant I have none of his stuff. Must ... remedy.