Friday, May 28, 2010

you look through crystal spectacles

Joe Bonomo, AC/DC's Highway to Hell (2010, Continuum)
Donovan, "Epistle to Dippy"
The Critters, Tracks (compiled 2008, Rhapsody)

The only sunset in town better than that viewed from the Whole Foods parking lot is that viewed from the pool.

The Critters were a New Jersey 60's pop group indebted stylistically to the Lovin' Spoonful, even scoring a hit with John Sebastian's "Younger Girl", of whom I've never heard, and to whom I only arrived via computer generated suggestions stemming from my seasonal need for Donovan's "Epistle to Dippy," for which I, were I the blog-naming type, would name this blog.

This may seem pointless to report and a flagrant abuse of prepositional phrasery but if, like Donovan, you look through crystal spectacles, you can see I'm having fun.

Here was the Critters #17 hit in 1966, the beautifully titled "Mr. Dieingly Sad," possibly (if the speculation in the comments are correct) from a show called "Where the Action Is." "Mr. Dieingly Sad" is also a great blog name. Great blog names are the new great band names.

The Critters, "Mr. Dieingly Sad"

I think these Critters sound an awful lot like Byrds up in this one...

The Critters, “Little Girl” (Rhapsody)

...and the least convincing heartbreak victims ever on this excellent number. Wes Anderson needs to get hip to these cats if he isn't already.

The Critters, “Heart of Love, Heart of Stone” (Rhapsody)

Really, I can listen to this song ten times in a row.

Robert Steinbrecher's What the Hell is This? featuring Donovon's "Epistle to Dippy"

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