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My Mexican Friends Record An Album!

Yep, Hikuri, a Son Jarocho band I encountered on my travels back in the early 1990s are back! recording a whole new album in the US . Listen and be enthralled…


The Son Huasteco

 There’s a bunch of Mexican folk styles that deserve to be better understood. They are not only the bearers of rural, indigenous and traditional cultures, but also feed in to the mainstream and off each other to form a rich and varied tradition. In addition they are styles that live to be played, for community and group enjoyment. Like a musical version of Facebook, they define and bring together communities. I’ve already given you a taste of the Veracruz style the Son Jarocho, now I will give you a rough sketch of its closest musical neighbour, the Son Huasteco.

Son Huasteco is party music played by groups made up of three musicians (known as Trios). The instruments these Trios employ are the Jarana (a small guitar), a huapanguera (a big guitar) and a violin. The violin plays the role that the harp does in the Son Jarocho, carrying the melody. Similarly, both styles use dancers to mark out rhythm. The wooden dance floor (Tarima) is arguably an additional instrument. Traditional zapateado dancers bang the floor with their boots and shoes in time with the rhythm – a phenomenon akin to tap dancing.


This style of music is found in the northern part of the state of Veracruz and Puebla, southern Tamaulipas and eastern San Luis Potosi, Hidalgo and Queretaro states. It is very much associated with indigenous peoples such as the Totonacs and bears a very characteristic stamp of indigenous styles. The use of falsetto vocals is one typical sign of this legacy. Here the traditional group Trio Reyixtla interpret the popular standard, ‘the short-sighted bee’.

 A lot of groups sing in indigenous languages, keeping alive the traditions of cultures in danger of being swamped by modernity. One of the most popular is the Xochipizahuatl which praises both the Virgin of Guadalupe (Mexico’s patron ‘Saint’) and the Aztec goddess Tonantzin. This song is performed at many traditional ceremonies including indigenous weddings. Here the group Los Hermanos Olivares perform a version in the Nahuatl language. A beautiful and affecting song.

Mainly, though, this music can be heard on the street, bars, parties and anywhere that musicians can get together…

 Son Huasteco has, like other styles, adapted to a changing world. During the Revolution various Huasteco songs were written that became popular throughout the country. El Soldado de Levita (which has been called Mexico’s Katyusha – Russia’s most popular Revolutionary song – by err, Russians) is perhaps the most popular. This particular version has been adapted for radio play and a general audience.

 And to finish, an idea of how this music still influences the pop and rock tradition. Take it away, Cafe Tacuba!

The Son Jarocho — Part 2

The story of Son Jarocho in the 20th century has been one of two contrasting visions that have moulded contemporary musicianship. The traditional form, performed in ranches, farms and parties –often accompanied by dancing a Zapateado (which involves stamping on the ground, like Spanish flamenco) – began to decline with industrialisation and the spread of more commercial forms of music.

In the 1940’s and 50’s Jarocho music was still popular in clubs and dance halls in Mexico City and elsewhere thanks to the patronage of a cadre of politicians from Veracruz who supported their local musicians and by migrants from the impoverished regions of the state to the capital. Even so, the Jarocho sound was having to compete with jazz, pop, Latin forms such as the mambo and even mariachi music. A bleak outlook indeed.

The first of these visions, that did a lot to rescue the music from impending oblivion was the Mexican film industry. Mexican films fixed the image of the Son Jarocho group: dressed in white trousers and shirts with a red handkerchief around the neck and a straw hat. One of the greatest exponents of Son Jarocho, Andrés Huesca participated in many of these films. In the 1948 Han Matado a Tongolele, Huesca substitutes the small Jarocho harp, that had to be played sitting down, with a larger harp (from Michoacán) that could be played standing up (as he did in the classic Alla en el Rancho Grande). The effect of this on Jarocho groups was to make them conform to the film stereotype. Jarocho bands soon adopted the white uniform and abandoned the local (smaller) Jarocho harp.

The demands of the film industry, radio coverage and other media influences was to radically change Son Jarocho and fix a stereotypical image of this music in the public mind. This was damaging in the long run as musicians abandoned their local styles and home-grown songs to accommodate the new repertoire and style demanded by the public. Sadly, a great deal of damage was done in this way and a lot of the branches of Jarocho music withered away, with many of the songs and local musical styles dying out.

Fortunately the second of these visions was to rescue this music at a grass roots level. An effort to preserve and rescue traditional styles of Mexican music began as early as the 1940s. Enthusiasts (like the musicologist Raul Helmer) began to seek out traditional musicians and record their songs on tape. These recordings form the basis of the ethno-musicology of Mexico and managed to capture some of the richness and the scope of Mexican popular music. Son Jarocho in particular now has a lively and growing number of enthusiasts and researchers, particularly since the radical Jaranero movement of the 1980s, that set out to first, record for posterity the music of local groups and musicians and second, to revive the performance of fandangos, the manufacture of traditional instruments, the dissemination of Jarocho styles, songs and history to new generations. Grupo Chucumite is doing just that, helping to spread the Son Jarocho message to the US.

 Alongside these two visions there has been a lively trend of experimentation with form and instrumentation. No folk music can survive in aspic. New musicians will add their own ideas and sensibilities into the mix. Son de Madera, for example, combines the use of a tambourine together with a traditional Requinto and introduces some Jazz-like improvisation.

Pop music followed the trail blazed by Ritchie Valens (and the folk-rock tradition) by trying to blend their musical styles. Cafe Tacuba, Ozomatlli and other Mexican groups explore their home-grown version of folk-rock. It is my hope that this tradition thrives and provides the world with a lot more great music. I’ll end this brief intro to Jarocho here. I hope you enjoyed the ride.

The Son Jarocho Story — Part 1

I’ve been wanting to post something about Mexican folk music for a while now, mainly because there is so much amazing stuff to listen to. Don’t worry, I’ll be focussing on tunes rather than lyrics, so all you need is your ears to come for a ride on this magic bus. First stop; Veracruz and the amazing sound of Son Jarocho.

 Veracruz is a big place (a state roughly the same size as Japan) that hugs the gulf coast of the Atlantic ocean. The southern half of Veracruz, the appropriately named Tierra Caliente (Hot Land) is the place to go to find Son Jarocho. In its purest form it lives in the many villages, ranches and haciendas of this region, particularly during local fiestas. It is a true folk music, tied to the lives of the local people. The valley of the Papaloapan river (the river of butterflies in the Nahuatl language), is credited as being the true home of the Jarocho sound.


Son Jarocho owes this sound to its traditional ensemble of string instruments. These instruments are local variations of Spanish and French colonial models introduced during colonial times, although black African rhythms and and indigenous music also play a vital part in the make-up of the Jarocho style.


The instruments are, however, largely European (stringed instruments were unknown in the Americas before the conquest). The most important of these are the Jarana (a small 8/10-stringed guitar, which is usually strummed), the Requinto (another small guitar, this time with four strings plucked by a wooden pick) and the Jarocho harp (small, portable, no pedals). These instruments give the Son Jarocho its characteristic “music box” type sound. As with many regional styles of music in Spanish America, it uses a 6/8 rhythm syncopated with 2/4 and 3/4 rhythms (known as a sesquialtera).

 Around this basic trio of instruments Son Jarocho has developed an astonishing number of variants. Most typically these involve the Mosquito (a much smaller and therefore higher pitched Jarana and the main form of percussion, a donkey’s jawbone.




Another element of the Jarocho style is that the vocals are shared between alternating singers. In some instances (or styles) there will be a main singer whose lyrics will be echoed by the other vocalists, while in other situations vocalists will alternate. At some parties, where more than band is present, each will play alternate choruses and sing insults at one another, rapper-style. But hey, enough rapping from me, already. Here’s another song for ya, showing a traditional song and arrangement.


And here’s another, showcasing the sound of the Jarocho harp.


Son Jarocho is famous the world over for one particular song. Oddly La Bamba became an emblematic in the Son Jarocho repertoire due to political events. In 1946 the official candidate for the Mexican presidency, Miguel Alemán, native of Veracruz, chose it as his campaign song. When he won the election (as official candidates in Mexican elections often do), the song remained as a theme for his presidency, becoming one of Mexico’s most popular radio tunes. Eleven years later, a Mexican-American named Ricardo Valenzuela (Ritchie Valens) recorded a rock n roll version of La Bamba that made the song an international hit, reprised in the 1988 film La Bamba and the release of the version, performed by Los Lobos.


And thats your lot for part 1! Watch out for part 2, at a Floppybootstomp near you…

Top 100 sixties (Again…)

Trilogy’s End

Blimey! These ‘top 100’ things get harder as you go along. I don’t think I’ll bother the 60s again for a while now. To be fair, about 70-80 of the tunes on here have been favourites of mine for a while now. The other 20 or so I had to research. Not unpleasant work, but I kept finding better and better stuff (and unearthing old faves I’d forgotten about) as I went. Choosing what to leave out was stressful and I don’t think I made as good a choice as I might have in optimum circumstances (i.e. with my vinyl collection in front of me and out of storage). Anyway, enjoy it, dudes.

60s TV. Often half as good as the music


1. The Sonics – Cinderella

 Great high-energy rock-n-roll by the best band ever from Washington state. OK, so they rhyme ‘I want to be her fella’ with ‘Cinderella’, but I see that as charming rather than deliberately dumb.

 2. Chuck Berry – No Particular Place To Go

 Fresh out of jail for marrying a 14 year-old girl, Chuck Berry relaunched his career in the early 60s. He’d lost none of his edge, his songs will outlive the solar system, he’s still touring after all these years.

 3. The Electric Prunes – Ain’t It Hard?

 A song that expresses the frustration of wanting to get absolutely blotto when all your friends want to do is stay sober and do civilised things like listen to experimental Jazz and talk about poetry. As far as I know, it is a largely unexplored area of human psychology. Good on the ‘prunes for spotting it.

 4. Janis Ian – Society’s Child

 What a star! A 16 year-old girl writing amazing songs and singing like she does. And a song with a point too. It’s good to see talent flourish like this.

 5. The Marvelettes – Too Many Fish In The Sea

 Motown, Motown, Motown, Motown. Four of the reasons why this song is so great.

6. Bunker Hill – The Girl Can’t Dance

 Little Richard turned up to 11 with speed for hemoglobin. Named after a horrible district of LA, the city of angels, where said divine beings carry pepper spray and wear stab vests.

 7. Pink Floyd – See Emily Play

 Sid Barrett’s ‘Floyd were amazing. Here we have one of their signature tracks. Love it to bits.

 8. Love – My Little Red Book

 A Burt Bacharach classic rendered cool and menacing by Arthur Lee’s Love. Listen to that base, that angry/psycho edge to the lyrics…

 9. The Byrds – Wasn’t Born To Follow

 Very Californian this top 10 isn’t it? Oh, well. What can you do? The Byrds were just such a great band and any of their tracks would do me. That this one features on Easy Rider and talks about cascading jeweled waters reflecting err.. something or other gives it enough depth and transcendent meaning for my tiny mind.

 10. The Troyes – I Don’t Need You

 A sweaty, hoary old dance number worthy of Bo Diddley or The Pretty Things. Pure quality from a band I’d never heard of (and which 99% of the world’s population haven’t either). Hope they never turn it into the soundtrack for a car ad.

11. Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop

12. Los Vidrios Quebrados – En Tu Mirada

13. The Gems – I’ll Be There

14. The Nashville Teens – Google Eyes

15. Paul Revere & The Raiders – Just Like Me

16. The Artwoods – Can You Hear Me

17. Blue Cheer – Peace of Mind

18. Sylvie Vartan – La Plus Belle Pour Aller Danser

19. Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues

20. Violeta Parra – Hace Falta Un Guerrillero

21. H.P. Lovecraft – That’s The Bag I’m In

22. Zen – Please Accept My Invitation

23. The Monkees – I’m A Believer

24. The Crossfires – One Potato, Two Potato

25. The Flies – Gently As You Feel

26. The Squires – Going All The Way

27. Can – The Thief

28. The Misunderstood – Children Of The Sun

29. Creedence Clearwater Revival – 99 ½

30. The Painted Ship – Frustration

31. The Vejetables – Good Things Are Happening

32. The Orchids – Gonna Make Him Mine

33. The Standells – Mr Nobody

34. Sheb Wooley – That’s My Pa

35. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Tracks Of My Tears

36. The Sorrows – Take A Heart

37. The Action – Hey Sha Lo Ney

38. The Velvet Underground – Foggy Notion

39. Zachary Thacks – Bad Girl

40. Martha & The Vandellas – Jimmy Mack

41. The Hombres – Let It All Hang Out

42. The Who – Pinball Wizard

43. Donovan – Catch The Wind

44. The Lemon Drops – I Live In The Springtime

45. The Equals – I Won’t Be There

46. Shandells Inc. – Just Cry

47. Joni Mitchell – The Song About The Midway

48. Bob Dylan – Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat

49. The Kinks – All Day And All Of The Night

50. The Remaining Few – Painted Air

51. The Driving Stupid – Horror Asparagus Stories

52. Peter & Gordon – 500 Miles

53. The Moontrekkers – Night Of The Vampire

54. It’s All Meat – Feel It

55. The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band – Hunting Tigers (Out In Indiah)

56. The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black

57. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Little Demon

58. The Beatles – Lovely Rita Meter Maid

59. The Animated Egg – Sock It My Way

60. The Buckinghams – Kind Of A Drag

61. The Shadows – Apache

62. The Tremeloes – Even The Bad Times Are Good

63. The Cavemen – It’s Trash

64. Jean Pierre Mirouze – Sexopolis

65. Ultimate Spinach – Visions Of Your Reality

'The Spinach'. From Boston, apparently.

66. The Third Ear Band – Stone Circle

67. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – All Along The Watchtower

68. Status Quo – Ice In The Sun

69. The Hands Of Time – I Like The Way You Freakout

70. The Troggs – I Can’t Control Myself

71. Ola Und The Janglers – No No No

72. Francoise Hardy – Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles

73. Sandie Shaw – Tell The Boys

74. The Small Faces – You Better Believe It

75. Herman’s Hermits – I’m Into Something Good

76. The Zombies – Hung Up On A Dream

77. The Pretty Things – Rosalyn

78. The Dave Clark Five – Do You Love Me?

79. The Yardbirds – Train Kept A Rollin’

80. Wimple Winch – Atmosphere

81. Os Mutantes – Bat Macumba

82. Buffy Sainte-Marie – Universal Soldier

83. Ill Wind – Dark World

84. Spooky Tooth – Tobacco Road

85. Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth

86. 13th Floor Elevators – Tried To Hide

90. Ronnie Dio & The Prophets – Love Potion No. 9

91. The Outcasts – 1532 Blair

92. Them – All For Myself

93. Joan Baez – El Preso Numero Nueve

94. Traffic – Hole In My Shoe

95. The Creation – Painter Man

96. The Cats’ Meow – Home Of Kicks

97. Lefty Frizzell – Saginaw, Michigan

98. The Smoke – Sydney Gill

99. France Gall – Laisse Tomber Les Filles

100. Stix & Stones – You’re Bad News

FBS Festive Fifty


Greetings, and festive ones at that. Now, I was going to do you a little selection of Xmas songs. Turns out I didn’t know that many, so I’ve listed the few I actually like and expanded it to cover seven decades of foot-tapping fun. I called it the ‘FloopyBootStomp Festive Fifty’ in a tribute to the late John Peel. Have a cool yule, hepcats.

Festive Five

The FBS festive tracks, brought to you just after bonfire night, because Christmas comes earlier every year (OK, so Jethro Tull’s is about the solstice, which is near enough).

The Trashmen – Dancin’ With Santa

Mercilessly ripped off by the ‘I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus’ thing. No evidence for this rip off, just a hunch that’s all…

Jethro Tull – Solstice Bells

Seven maids dance in seven time. Seven druids waiting in a line. Happened to me in Tescos once.

Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody

Makes me happy, cheesy old tune that it is. This video is from 1983 (song’s 10th anniversary) and features John Peel himself.

AC/DC – Mistress For Christmas ***

Has an *** which means the track also features on another of my posts (in this case best of the 80s, click on the *** to link)

The Who – Christmas

From the wonderful rock opera/film, Tommy (See the young Ian Hislop in his first ever screen appearance).


Lonnie Donegan – Have A Drink On Me

Little Richard – Lucille

Ritchie Valens – La Bamba

Muddy Waters – Champagne & Reefers

Fats Domino – I’m Ready

The Coasters – Yakety Yak



The Bad Roads – Blue Girl

Van Morrison – Gloria ***

Bunker Hill – The Girl Can’t Dance

The Kinks – I’ve Got That Feeling

The Trolls – Every Day And Every Night


Gil Scott Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Kirsty McColl – They Don’t Know ***

The Stranglers – Daghenam Dave

Elton Matello – Pogo Pogo

Love – Alone Again Or


Crass – Do They Owe Us A Living?

The Cardiacs – Dirty Boy

The Leather Nun – Gimme, Gimme, Gimme (A Man After Midnight)

The Playn Jayn – Dig My Own Grave

The Ramones – The KKK Took My Baby Away



Disclaimer: I know nothing about this period of musical history (less than the earlier stuff anyway). Just thought I’d get the apology out of the way.

Juan Luis Guerra – El Costo De La Vida

Half Man Half Biscuit – Joy Division Oven Gloves

Laibach – The Final Countdown

Def Con Dos – Accion Mutante

Garbage – Milk

Pulp – Common People

Manu Chao – Me Gustas Tu

Nirvana – Aneurysm

Air – Sexy Boy

Axelle Red – Je t’Attends

Cast – Alright

Cornershop – Norwegian Wood

21st Century

Again, know nothing at all about current musical trends (Arctic who?). It is why most of the modern stuff I listen to is 60s revivalists/copyists or Spanish novelty records. Enjoy them with milk or on their own as part of a calorie controlled diet.

The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army

Ojos De Brujo – Tiempo de Soleá

The Urges – You Don’t Look So Good

The She-Creatures – Sexy Robot

The She-Creatures

The Hives – Walk Idiot Walk

Circulus – My Body is Made of Sunlight

Grupo Chucumite – El Jarabe Loco

Ixo Rai & Jose Antonio Labordeta – Un Pais

Elemenop – 11. 57

Mojinos Escocios – La Mama de Jose

Electric Six – Gay Bar

Chumbawamba – The Diggers’ Song

Top 100 80s pop picks.

I grew up in the eighties. From the 2-tone Ska revival to the Madchester rave thingy, I lived the whole hideous 3652 days of it. Not that it makes me a genius or nothing, you know, managing not to drop dead for ten whole years. Plenty of people can do that trick six or seven times a lifetime… even longer if there’s a reason to.

Yes, it was this grim...

One aspect of the decade that impacted me more than the music (which was mostly lousy) was the politics. 4 million unemployed, the welfare state dismantled, vast swathes of the country turned into no-go areas and industrial wastelands. The one bright spark was that things were getting better elsewhere: military dictatorships collapsing in South America, Charter 88 and Solidarity leading the charge for change and hope. 

So here are my fave songs of the period. You will notice a lack of dance music, electro-soul and only a token New Romantic in the 100. I’ve also kept away from the best-selling bands of the era: Madonna, Michael Jackson, Queen, Prince, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Wham! and U2. That’s because I hate them. The 1980s taught me to hate the popular. My distaste for popular tunes is also inexplicably vehement. Two bars of Blue Monday by New Order or anything by Five-Star and I turn into a gibbering eejit (No change there then). So, enjoy my pop-picks, pop-pickers.

1) Jesus & Mary Chain – Just Like Honey

Inventors of ‘shambling’ and fashion gurus for indie-kids everywhere. Dress in black, shave the back and sides off a bubble perm so it flops forward into your eyes, wear a long, baggy coat and Dr Martins boots, sell bootleg cassette tapes in the street for your Enterprise Allowance money (it’s what we had instead of jobs back then). God, nostalgia is depressing.

2) Motorhead – The Ace of Spades

Proper rock anthem, played by the hardest group ever. Lemmy plays a 7ft. guitar made from pig-iron and screams about snake-eyes watching you. Lovely stuff. And don’t forget the joker

3) World Domination Enterprises – Asbestos Lead Asbestos

Saw them live at the Dog Club in Wood Green circa 1985. Just a bloke with a keyboard on a supermarket trolley screaming about asbestos. Brilliant. Dog Club was a mid 80s hippy hang out where you could go and see bands, fire-eaters, people dressed as nuns coming out of a hearse. Bands I saw there? Nick Cave, The Cardiacs, Ozric Tentacles, Thee Katatonix, Out Vile Jelly probably.. great days, great club.

4) Electrica Dharma – Força Dharma

Catalan nationalism in Jazz/folk stylings. My family is from Barcelona province, so Cat-Nat is our default setting. Pretty good band, these, noodling around the bars and clubs of Barcelona for the local hepcats. Coool.

5) Fun Boy Three – Our Lips Are Sealed

Best all-round pop-song of the decade by far. Haunting and brooding and lovely. Good message too. Shut up and don’t feed the media shitstorm. Modern celebs should listen and learn.

6) Green on Red – Time Ain’t Nothing

American folk with a lick of lyrical leftwingery. Awesome live, they rock n’ roll while remaining conscious of their musical and labour history. Cowboy music for those who know that 25% of actual cowboys were anarchists. After a day on the trail they would relax reading Proudhon and Kropotkin rather than the bible. Yee haw!

7) Jethro Tull – Broadsword

Sends shivers down my spine. I doubt Vikings or Picts ever made music like this, but it’s certainly evocative stuff (Not that I know anything about the society being evoked, other than my stack of fantasy novels.). Ian Anderson has a fine voice, and his band always tickle my fancy.

8) Juan Luis Guerra – Ojala Que Llueva Cafe

From the Dominican Republic, the first hit by Guerra’s fab band. Popularizing the Caribbean dance music of Merengue, he became a huge Latin star. The song is a plea for coffee (and food) to rain on the famished poor. Very affecting. The chorus usually gets my tears flowing.

9) Rockdrigo Gonzalez – Los Intelectuales

My first trip to Mexico in 1990 opened up my eyes in many ways. One of the most pleasant to listen to, is Rockdrigo’s music. He was a pioneer singer-songwriter in the Bob Dylan mould and he composed a number of classic songs. He died in the 1984 earthquake and his music was distributed in cassettes (he never had a record contract in his lifetime). Even most Mexicans don’t know about him. Takes me back to those days of tequila and lime juice. Chingada, man.

10) Sisters of Mercy – Nine While Nine

Yeah, I was a goth. Back when I had hair and thought I was getting close to some semblance of cool. It never happened, so I started listening to obscure 60s music and hanging out with Glam-rockers (perhaps the most uncool of the 80s revivalists) never looked back since. So, from Leeds, that fine goth city, a bit of SoM. Mr Eldritch’s vocalising is, as always, highly melodramatic. Lipstick on tha’ window pane, mate? Try Windolene.

11) Dr & the Medics – Spirit in the Sky

12) Kirsty McColl – There’s a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis

13) The Primitives – Thru the Flowers

14) Twelfth Night – Sequences

15) Love & Rockets – Kundalini Express

16) The Red Guitars – Good Technology

17) The Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way

18) Zodiac Mindwarp & the Love Reaction – Prime Mover

Saw Zodiac Mindwarp for free at Central London Poly just before they hit the big time.

19) The Playn Jayn – I Love You Like I Love Myself

20) Public Enemy – Fight The Power

21) Bhundu Boys – Hatisi Tose

22) The Shop Assistants – All Day Long

23) Megadeth – Killing Is My Business and Business Is Good

24) Men Without Hats – The Safety Dance

25) Roy Harper – Elizabeth

26) The Ramones – Rock & Roll High School

27) Poison – Look What The Cat Dragged In

28) The Pogues – Streams of Whiskey

29) The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary

30) The Dead Kennedys – Stars & Stripes of Corruption

31) The Men They Couldn’t Hang – The Colours

32) A House – Heart Happy

33) Pop Will Eat Itself – Orgone Accumulator

34) Black Uhuru – Carbine

35) Duran Duran – Careless Memory

36) The Jam – A Town Called Malice

37) Run DMC – My Adidas

38) Half Man Half Biscuit – 99% of Gargoyles Look Like Bob Todd

39) Fuzzbox – We’ve Got a Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use it!

40) Stiff Little Fingers – Back to Front

41) Tears for Fears – Mad World

42) The Pixies – Monkey’s Gone To Heaven

43) Aswad – Dub Fire

44) I Ludicrous – Preposterous Tales

45) The Inspiral Carpets – Move

46) The Beastie Boys – You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party

47) King Kurt – Destination Zululand

48) The Specials – Ghost Town

49) Baron Rojo – Los Rockeros Van al Infierno

50) Indians in Moscow – Naughty Miranda

51) The Teardrop Explodes – Reward

52) The Macc Lads – Alcohol

53) Jon & Vangelis – I’ll Find My Way Home

54) The Fall – Hit the North

55) Azul y Negro – Me Estoy Volviendo Loco

56) The Stranglers – Golden Brown

57) Hanoi Rocks – Don’t You Ever Leave Me

58) Alpha Blondy – Cocody Rock

59) The Mighty Lemon Drops – Like An Angel

60) Cabaret Voltaire – Sensoria

61) Tom Robinson Band – Power In The Darkness

62) AC/DC – Mistress For Christmas

63) Talk Talk – Such a Shame

64) The Police – Walking On The Moon

65) Laurie Anderson – Oh Superman

66) Aerosmith – Rag Doll

67) Hawkwind – Fahrenheit 451

68) New Model Army – Vengeance

69) Iron Maiden – 22 Acacia Avenue

70) The Pastels – Coming Through

71) The Smiths – Panic

72) Joaquin Sabina – Pacto Entre Caballeros

73) Spear Of Destiny – Never Take Me Alive

74) Los Lobos – El Canelo

75) Marillion – Garden Party

76) Frank Chickens – We Are Ninja

77) The Stone Roses – She Bangs The Drums

78) The Redskins – Unionize

79) Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Gino

80) XTC – Senses Working Overtime

81) The Leather Nun – Jesus Came Driving Along

82) Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Joan of Arc

83) Spitting Image – The Chicken Song

84) The Wonderstuff – Unbearable

85) Sonic Youth – Dirty Boots

86) The Cramps – Bikini Girls With Machine Guns

87) W.A.S.P. – Blind in Texas

88) Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star

89) Underground Zero – Canes Vanatici

90) Voice of the Beehive – What You Have is Enough

91) The Creatures – Killing Time

92) The Bad Brains – Banned in DC

93) Imagination – Body Talk

94) The Special AKA – Free Nelson Mandela

95) Ozric Tentacles – Sniffing Dog

96) Lou Reed – Dirty Blvd.

97) Chumbawamba – Unilever

98) X-Mal Deutschland – Incubus Succubus

99) Shakin Stevens – This Ole House

100) Sepultura – Inner Self

Top 100 70s Songs

  Well, finally ventured from my 60s comfort zone to a decade I actually lived through. As a result, my judgment is corrupted by experience. In this case you should appreciate that I arrived in England from Spain in 1976. Under Franco’s Spain all the pop allowed was strictly bubblegum. All the pop not allowed was strictly protest songs, many in forbidden languages. So, I gets to England and Punk happens. So those are the things I got into straight away. It took me two decades to recover and get a more rounded perspective on the whole decade. Is this top 100 as good as my 60s ones? Probably not.

1) The Ramones – Blitkrieg Bop

2 minutes of sublime noise. Perhaps I like it so much because it has that 60s garage spirit floating through it. Also a band of great presence. They changed the face of Rock music by giving it a gentle tweak. 

2) Fórmula V – Eva María

As promised, prime Franco-era bubblegum pop. Formula V actually came to my neighbourhood in Barcelona for a fiesta and played a whole live set on an open-air stage. I must have been 6 or 7. My first memories of live music.

3) The Who – Amazing Journey

From Tommy, the greatest Rock Opera/Concept album ever written. Amazing Journey tells of a trip to inner space where a young boy escapes his life’s trauma. Awesome drumming by Mr Moon as usual.

4) Lou Reed – Vicious

The whole Transformer album is a joy. A dirty, New York, heroin-addled blow job delivered by Andy Warhol’s most talanted man-whore. Oh honey you so vicious…

5) Stiff Little Fingers – Wasted Life

Jake Burns is probably the best vocalist ever. A voice so raw it can scrape the paint off your skirting boards (don’t point your speakers downwards).  Here we get pure punk mingled with Northern Irish politics. Fucking A.

6) Hawkwind – Spirit of the Age

Here Hawkwind invent Rap music (probably) after bringing a melding of Moorcockian SF, acid,  noise generators and a tenor sax to a boil and adding Bob Calvert’s lyrical genius. If I could I would have included 50 Hawkwind tunes here, but that would break the rules (one song per band only).

7) Blondie – (I’m Always Touched by your) Presence (Dear)

Debbie, Debbie, Debbie… What a perfect little pop song this is.

8) Eater – Outside View

Can’t get this song out of my head. Just a great punk record. 

9) Funkadelic – One Nation Under A Groove

George Clinton, Dr Funkenstein from the planet Funk… A radical political agitator bringing revolution to the dance floors of a segregated, racist nation.  I’m a late convert to the delights of Funk, this is one of the tracks that sucked me in.

10) Janette – ¿Por Qué Te Vas?

The Song title (translation: Why are you leaving?) and its tone mirrored my sadness at leaving Spain and all my friends behind when moving to England. A great little ballad too. Featured in Carlos Saura’ s  great allegorical film ‘Raise Ravens’ about the evils of military dictatorship (the film was released while Franco was still alive. A brave move).

11) Jethro Tull – Jack-In-The-Green

12) Soft Machine – Etika

13) Magazine – Shot By Both Sides

14) David Bowie – Rebel Rebel

15) Bob Marley & The Wailers – Three Little Birds

16) The Stranglers – Ugly

17) Alice Cooper – School’s Out

18) The Sweet – Teenage Rampage

19) Al Green – Let’s Stay Together

20) John Lennon – Imagine

21) The Special AKA – Gangsters

22) Dr Feelgood – Back In The Night

23) Pink Floyd – Money

24) Thin Lizzy – Whisky in the Jar

25) The New York Dolls – You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory

26) Patrik Fitzgerald – Trendy

27) Jean Michel Jarre – Equinoxe 4

28) Los Diablos – Acalorado

29) The Jam – In a Strange Town

30) The Angelic Upstarts – Murder of Liddle Towers

31) Uriah Heep – Blind Eye

32) Three Souls In My Mind – Chavo de Onda

33) KC & the Sunshine Band – That’s the Way (I Like It)

34) The Dickies – Paranoid

35) Wishbone Ash – The King Will Come

36) Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – The Floppy Boot Stomp

37) Television – Venus

38) Kirsty McColl – They Don’t Know

39) The Damned – Smash it up

40) Tubeway Army – Are Friends Electric?

41) Fernando Esteso – La Ramona

42) The Rolling Stones – 100 Years Ago

43) Wizard – See My Baby Jive

44) Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – American Girl

45) The Notsensibles – I’m in Love With Margaret Thatcher

46) The Undertones – Get Over You

47) Silvio Rodriguez – Ojalá

48) Iggy & the Stooges – I Wanna Be Your Dog

49) Led Zeppelin – Black Dog

50) Steve Hillage – Electrik Gypsies

51) Gil Scott Heron – The Bottle

52) Can – Vitamin C

53) The Ruts – Babylon Burning

54) Spizz Energi – Where’s Captain Kirk?

55) Secret Affair – Time For Action

56) The Buzzcocks – Orgasm Addict

57) Black Sabbath – War Pigs

58) The Hawklords – Psy Power

59) Sham 69 – Borstal Breakout

60) The Pink Fairies – The Pigs of Uranus

61) Saxon – Backs To The Wall

62) Abba – Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)

63) Tyrannosaurus Rex – Ride A White Swan

64) Devo – Mongoloid

65) Ian Dury & the Blockheads – Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3)

66) Rush – 2112

67) Ten Pole Tudor – Who Killed Bambi?

68) The Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen

69) Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody

70) Vangelis – Dervish D

71) Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Woodstock

72) Wire – Mannekin

73) The Doors – LA Woman

74) Wayne County & the Electric Chairs – Fuck Off

75) X Ray Spex – Up Bondage Up Yours

76) John Cooper Clarke – Beasley Street

77) Siouxie & the Banshees – Staircase

78) P.I.L. – This Is Not A Love Song

79) Melanie – Ruby Tuesday

80) Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water

81) Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Come Up and See Me

82) Gang of Four – At Home He’s a Tourist

83) Hot Chocolate – Everyone’s a Winner

84) Norman Greenbaum – Spirit in the Sky


Good ol' Norm


85) The Adverts – One Chord Wonders

86 Wreckless Eric – Whole Wide World

87) Slaughter & the Dogs – Where Have All the Boot Boys Gone?

88) The Dead Kennedys – Chemical Warfare

89) Triana – Luminosa Mañana

90) The Mekons – Where We You?

91) The Only Ones – Another Girl, Another Planet

92) Motorhead – No Class

93) Lluis Llach – L’Estaca

94) Metal Urbain – Lady Coca Cola

95) Steve Miller Band – Jet Airliner

96) Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper

97) The Rocky Horror Show – Sweet Transvestite

98) Badfinger – Day After Day

99) Elton John – Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting

100) Throbbing Gristle – Something Came Over Me

Top 100 Sixties Songs: The Return

 After posting my first top 100 sixties songs I was left with a feeling of incompleteness. There was just so much more to that decade than my little list. Perhaps it is down to the interweb thing that we have such unprecedented access to every kind of music now. It’s a paradox that today we can have a more holistic overview of this kind of music than the people who actually lived through the decade; constrained in their tastes by what was available in record shops or played on the radio or written in the music press. Did anyone in 1960s London have any idea what kind of music was being played in Saskatchewan or New South Wales? Did people in Sheffield know much about the music scene even in Leeds? Perhaps more than we imagine, but maybe less than we do now. What I do know now is that video streams are often withdrawn/expurgated. This seems to happening with Beatles stuff especially so I won’t be posting links for the Fab Four. You all know the songs anyway. One rule I’ve kept to: not more than one song per band.

An additional note: I’m posting this early to help publicise Independent Record Store Day (April 17th ).  For all the delights of music online, the browsing experience, meeting other music fans and having your ears and mind opened to new things by knowledgeable strangers is a pleasure that can’t easily be replicated elsewhere. We need these spaces to meet, learn and listen. I hope you will support the campaign.  Alternatively, you can look at my post about 70s music.

1 Screamin’ Jay Hawkins — I Put A Spell On You

One of the most innovative voices in popular music, Hawkins always knew how to put on a show. He gave soul music the goth aesthetic (before the goths were even thought of), wrote some of the wittiest songs ever recorded and came up with this classic. Covered endlessly by the mediocre, the bland and the forgettable, it shines when performed by its genius creator. I give you Screaming Jay: half George Clinton, half Salvador Dali 100% legend. 

2 The Human Beinz — Dance On Through 

I include this mainly as a tribute to the guy who made this video. If you are ever on Youtube and want to spend an hour or so finding great 60s tunes, head for Blacflag’s page. Some of the stuff he’s posted is truly inspired (and I’ve raided his archive mercilessly in these posts). On the other hand, it is a great wistful tune from a band that is famous for only one song (Nobody But Me). A great eye-opener of the range that the Human Beinz were capable of.

3 Johnny Cash & Bob Dylan — Girl From the North Country

American folks’ most honoured sons in a legendary duet. OK so Bob’s voice is less than perfect, but the song as a whole benefits from his raw vocal delivery. The overproduced, shiny, electronically neutered pap marketed as music these days could learn a thing or two from this.

4 Sons of Adam — Feathered Fish

Back in ’89, I was a student at Portsmouth Polytechnic and was billeted in halls with a guy called Michael Neden. Ned (as everyone called him) had a great collection of 60s garage records he’d brought all the way from Bury. I introduced him to Arthur Lee and Love, he repaid me with this truly original song (among others). Every time I listen it takes me back to those days… Magic.

5 Los Saicos — Demolición 

Only discovered this a couple of weeks ago as I scanned the latest Shindig! Magazine. Peruvian freakbeat, of all things. And it’s brilliant! It’s the best song I’ve ever heard about demolishing a railway station. Those cats in Lima really knew how to Rock. Saludos desde Inglaterra, compadres.

6 The Rolling Stones — Sympathy For The Devil 

Quality. That’s all I have to say about this particular song. One of those you could listen to all day and still find new things to delight in. Every time I play it, it gets better.

7 The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band — Mr Apollo 

A rallying cry against body fascism, a piss-take of Charles Atlas newspaper advertisements (A theme that the Bonzo’s would return to in Look Out There’s A Monster Coming). The message was simple: just be yourself. Don’t let charlatans tell you you’re not good enough and need to change. The medium used was humour. Jolly good English humour at that. Pip, pip! 

8 Country Joe & The Fish — I’m A-Fixin’ To Die 

The drollest anti Viet-Nam War song of them all. “Be the first one on the block to have your boy come home in a box.” Classic.

9 The Soul Benders — Hey Joe

Hey Joe is a song with a lot of history behind it. Originally written by Billy Roberts, there are a number of stories concerning its authorship. One is that Roberts sold the copyright to a fellow musician, Dino Valenti, to help him get back on his feet after a stint in jail. Valenti then published the song under the pseudonym, Chester Powers. What is clear is that in 1964 it came to the attention of west-coast musicians and popularised by ‘Love’ and ‘The Leaves’ (who had the original hit with the song). It soon became a standard (Blacflag has documented over 15 recorded versions of the song prior to its most famous incarnation; by the Jimi Hendrix Experience). The Soul Benders’ treatment is my own personal favourite.

10 The Soup Greens  — Like A Rolling Stone

The sleeve notes on the Pebbles compilation album where I first heard this song, asserted that 60s garage bands could take any tune you could think of and make it sound like Louie Louie. This version of a Bob Dylan masterpiece, proves their point beyond reasonable doubt.

11 The Children Of Darkness — She’s Mine

12 The Troggs — Wild Thing

13 The Beatles — Twist & Shout

14 The Kinks — The Village Green Preservation Society

15 The Dantes — Connection

16 James Carr — The Dark End Of The Street

17 The Sonics — Psycho

18 Mouse & The Traps — Maid Of Sugar, Maid Of Spice

19 Led Zeppelin — Whole Lot Of Love

20 Tyrannosaurus Rex — Warlord Of The Royal Crocodiles

21 Love — Seven And Seven Is

22 Simon & Garfunkel — Richard Cory

23 Tim Buckley — Happy Time

24 The Ju Jus — You Treat Me Bad

25 Duane Eddy — Boss Guitar

26 Hawkwind — Hurry On Sundown

27 Mary Hopkin — Those Were The Days

28 The Pretty Things — Midnight To Six Man

29 The Chocolate Watchband — She Weaves A Tender Trap

30 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band — Pachuco Cadaver

31 The Velvet Underground and Nico — I’ll Be Your Mirror

The Velvets, looking insouciant.

32 The Liverpool Set — 17 Years To The End

33 The Searchers — Needles And Pins

34 Booker T and the MGs — Green Onions

35 The Hollies — Carrie Anne

36 Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders — They Said No

37 The Electric Prunes — Kyrie Eleison Mardi Gras

38 The Righteous Brothers — Little Latin Lupe Lu

39 The McCoys — Hang On Sloopy

40 Dickey Lee — I Saw Linda Yesterday

41 The Byrds — Eight Miles High

The Byrds in a TV studio with swirly background

42 Arthur Alexander — Soldier Of Love

43 Dick Dale & The Deltones — Misirlou

44 Paul Revere & The Raiders — Let Me

45 The New Vaudeville Band — Winchester Cathedral

46 Otis Redding — Can’t Turn You Loose

47 Group 1850 — Mother No-Head

48 The Crystals–  Da Doo Ron Ron

49 The Grodes — Cry A Little Longer

50 Ralph Mc Tell — Streets Of London

51 The Trashmen — Surfing Bird

52 The Who — It’s Not True

53 The Specters — No Good Nowhere World

54 The Hep Stars — Speedy Gonzalez

55 Smith — The Weight

56 Golden Dawn — My Time

57 Traffic — Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush

58 Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs — Poison Ivy

59 Love Affair — Everlasting Love

60 John Lee Hooker — No Shoes

61 David Bowie — The Laughing Gnome

62 Marie Laforet — Toi, Mon Amour Mon Ami



Judy Huxtable and Peter Cook; the Posh and Becks of 1966


63 Blue Cheer — The Hunter

64 Mireille Matthieu — Je Ne Suis Rien Sans Toi

65 Status Quo — Pictures of Matchstick Men

66 Pink Floyd — Interstellar Overdrive

67 The American Breed — Bend Me, Shape Me

68 Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich — The Legend of Xanadu

69 The Calico Wall — I’m A Living Sickness

70 The Jimi Hendrix Experience — Red House

71 Hugo Montenegro — The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (Theme)

72 The Strawberry Alarm Clock — Incense And Peppermints

73 The Shangri-Las — The Dum Dum Ditty

74 Boyce & Hart — I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight

75 The Avengers — Be A Caveman

76 The Allisons — Are You Sure?

77 Del Shannon — Runaway

78 Dee Dee Sharp — Mashed Potato Time

79 Trini Lopez — If I Had A Hammer

80 Kyu Sakamoto — Sukiyaki

81 Fleur De Lys — Mud In Your Eye

82 Serge Gainsburg & Screamin’ Jay Hawkins — Constipation Blues

83 Cream — NSU

84 Donovan — Mellow Yellow

85 Fairport Convention — Crazy Man Michael

86 Merrel Fenkhauser & HMS Bounty — Things (Are Going Round in My Mind)

87 The Mammas & The Pappas — California Dreaming

88 The Nice — America

89 The 1910 Fruitgum Company — Simon Says

90 Gerry & The Pacemakers — It’s Gonna Be Alright

91 The Swinging Blue Jeans — You’re No Good

92 The Bluestars — Social End Product

93 The Brogues — I Ain’t No Miracle Worker

94 Kit & The Outlaws — Don’t Tread On Me

95 The Hombres — Let It All Hang Out

96 The Elastik Band — Spazz

97 The Ronettes — Be My Baby

98 The Everglades — Limbo Lucy

99 The Wyngates — See What’s Right

100 The Blues Magoos Pipe Dreams

My Top 60s Tunes

Just thought I would share some of the music that makes me tap my feet and rock my little heart out. OK, it’s weighted to the Psychedelic/garage side a bit, but that’s the stuff I keep going back to: the bands no-one has heard of. I guess rarity and obscurity add value to a lot of these songs. Before Youtube, they were really hard to find. Anyway, enjoy my top 100.

An Album That Changed My Life...

1) The Kinks — I’m Not Like Everybody Else

Always loved this plaintive, teenage, angst-filled rant about individuation. Yeah. Ray Davis knew the score…

2) Johnny — Cash Drums

Johhny Cash was always proud of his Native American heritage. Here he tells it like it is to all the white Usian invaders; “In our loosing we found proudness / in your victory, you found shame.”

3) Love — Signed DC

Best song about drugs ever. Best band ever. I was lucky enough to see Arthur Lee performing in the UK in 2004 as he went through the whole Forever Changes album with his new band. His death was a sad blow.

4) The Third Bardo — Five Years Ahead Of My Time

Ah, those Usian teens and their electric guitars… You can forgive them anything (almost) when they deliver such killer tunes. Fifty years ahead, man!

5) The Chocolate Watchband — In The Midnight Hour

Soul classic delivered by the psychedelic/garage masters of California. Aguilar’s vocals are, as usual, superb.

6) The Byrds — Old John Robertson

The kings of folk-rock delivering a wayward wistful wondertune. Good message too: don’t cheek your elders.

7) The Beatles — Don’t Pass Me By

Love this. Sounds so laid-back. One of the mop-tops best ditties. And it was written and performed by Ringo as well.

8 ) Wimple Winch — Save My Soul

What a song! What a baseline! Liverpool’s 2nd coolest band ever, let rip with err.. whatever the song’s about. Girls, probably.

9) The Who — Can’t Explain

The Who’s first single. Set a standard even then. Classic Townshend/Daltrey/Entwhistle/Moon.

10) Shocking Blue — Venus

Sultry Dutch masterpiece. Great vocal by Mariska Veres. Disco music’s dodgy old uncle who visited it’s mother when dad was out.

11) Jethro Tull — Living In The Past

12) The New Seekers –I’ll Never Find Another You

13) Joan Baez  — We Shall Overcome

14) The Burgundy Runn —  Stop!

15) The Sonics — Boss Hoss

16) The Fugs — CIA Man

17) Dusty Springfield — Son Of A Preacher Man

18) Van Morrison — Gloria

19) The Rolling Stones — Satisfaction

20) The Kingsmen — Louie Louie

21) Pink Floyd — Arnold Layne

22) Robert Parker — Twist In Space

23) The Litter — Action Woman

24) Creedence Clearwater Revival — Bad Moon Rising

25) The Bonzo Dog Band — Canyons Of Your Mind

26) The Spencer Davis Group — Keep On Running

27) The Ronettes — Baby Love

28) The Human Beinz — Nobody Like Me

29) The Velvet Underground — Heroin

30) Joni Mitchell — Chelsea Monday

31) The Archies — Sugar Sugar

32) The Easybeats — Gonna Have A Good Time

33) The Moving Sidewalks — 99th Floor

34) Mouse And The Traps — A Public Execution

35) Leonard Cohen — One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong

36) Count Five — Psychotic Reaction

37) Stevie Wonder — Uptight

38) The Bohemian Vendetta — Enough

39) Fairport Convention — Matty Groves

40) Simon & Garfunkel — I Am A Rock

41) Desmond Dekker & The Aces — The Israelites

42) Gonn — The Blackout Of Greetly

43) The Small Faces — Itchycoo Park

44) Los Bravos — Black Is Black

45) Chuck Berry — No Particular Place To Go

46) The Pretty Things — Walking Through My Dreams

47) The Heart Beats — Cryin’ Inside

48) The Outsiders — I’m In Pittsburgh (and it’s raining)

49) The Haunted — 1-2-5

50) The Honeycombs — Have I The Right

51) The Stoics — Hate

52) The Jimi Hendrix Experience — Voodo Chile

53) The Leaves — Hey Joe

54) The Incredible String Band — Witches’ Hat

55) Bob Dylan — The Times They Are A-Changin’

56) Steppenwolf — Born To Be Wild

57) Juicy Lucy — Who Do You Love

58) The Four Tops — Bernadette

59) Fire — My Father’s Name Is Dad

60) Serge Gainsburg & Jane Birkin — Orangutan

61) The 13th Floor Elevators — You’re Gonna Miss Me

62) The Amboy Dukes — Journey To The Center Of The Mind

63) The Royal Guardsmen — Snoopy vs The Red Baron

64) Marvin Gaye — Sittin’ At The Dock Of The Bay

65) Screaming Jay Hawkins — Yellow Coat

66) Peter & Gordon — World Without Love

67) The Dave Clark Five — Glad All Over

68) Sarita Montiel — ¡Que Viva España!

69) The Doors — Break On Through (to the other side)

70) Herman’s Hermits — No Milk Today

71) Manfred Mann — The Mighty Quinn

72) The Electric Prunes — Try Me On For Size

73) We The People — In The Past

74) Elvis Presley — Return To Sender

75) Smokey Robinson & The Miracles–  Tears Of A Clown

76) Los Beatniks — Tampico Twist

77) The Monkees — Last Train To Clarkesville

78) Lonnie Donegan — The Big Grand Coolie Dam

79) Prince Buster — Al Capone

80) The Castaways — Liar Liar

81) The Ruins — The End

82) Larry & The Bluenotes — Night Of The Sadist

83) The Checkerlads — Shake Yourself Down

84) Sandie Shaw — (There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me

85) Kim Foley — The Trip

86) Nobody’s Children — Good Times

87) Aretha Franklin — Respect

88) Englebert Humperdinck — Release Me

89) The Crazy World of Arthur Brown — Fire

90) The Rumors — Hold Me Now

91) Richard & The Young Lions — Open Up Your Door

92) The Seeds — Pushin’ Too Hard

93) Bubble Puppy — Hot Smoke And Sasafrass

Bubble Puppy, Looking Good (for a bunch of Texans)

94) Donovan —  Sunshine Superman

95) Louis Armstrong — What A Wonderful World

96) Henry Mancini — The Baby Elephant Walk

97) The Fallen Angels — Bad Woman

98) The Barbarians — Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl?

99) The Hombres — Ya Ya

100) Bobby Boris Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers — The Monstermash

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