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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.

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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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