Thursday, July 29, 2010

Riffs: The Stratfords - Ultimate Pop

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I posted this on Facebook yesterday, but things get pushed to the bottom of the stack so quickly there...

This is one of my very favorite 45s from the Golden Age of Rock'n'Roll. I never understood why this wasn't a mega-hit record. It is certainly a better tune than anything that the Beatles had put out at this point in history.

It worked for me back then, and it still works for me today. Give it a listen:



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6 comments:

Lynne H. said...

typo..sorry..i really do know how to spell "this"

Rodak said...

Yeah, it's a rarity, that's why I decided to post it. I don't remember how I acquired it, or why I knew about it. I think it's really beautiful. I have the 45, but it probably sounds worse than this clip, for surface noise, etc.

Rodak said...

FUBAR--I inadvertantly deleted Lynne's comment that went, like, "Nice. I've never heard this before." and left her correction of a typo. Sorry, Lynne.

Mad said...

We'll add your clip for inclusion to the next "Nuggets" CD boxed set.

Actually, speaking of "Better Than Beatles," the Knickerbockers, though a knock-off, rocked harder than the original source material with their song "Lies."

Anyway, women in the 60s were DEFINITELY more gorgeous than today's lot (or maybe I'm just reliving my Laura Petrie / Supremes kindergarten MILF fetish ...).

"These birds have flown ..."

Rodak said...

No, my man, I disagree completely about the women of the '60s as compared to today's. I work on a college campus and I am daily stunned by large percentage of really beautiful young women walking around--half naked much of the time. Today's girls are in better shape--they have muscle--and are neither pudgy nor skinny. They all have straightened teeth and contact lenses. They know how to wear their hair and make-up and go to well-trained stylists, not old ladies in "beauty shops" for their cuts. They have more attractice clothing to put on their more attractive bodies. And they know how to move. They blow the chicks of my generation out of the water.
When I was an undergrad their was a meme on campus that went "9 out of 10 women are good-looking, and the 10th goes to Michigan." This got shortened to just "The 10th goes to Michigan" and was stenciled/spray-painted all over campus. And it was easy to see where it came from. Some of the hippie chicks had a really nice earth mother thing going. But otherwise...
As for the Stratfords, I love the mood of the piece. And I love it precisely because it doesn't sound anything like the Beatles, or any other British Invasion group. Nor does it sound like The Supremes, or the Four Seasons, or the Beach Boys. It's unique. That's why it wasn't a hit.

Rodak said...

If I ever type "their" for "there" again, just shoot me in the head and leave me for the pariah dogs and carrion birds. God, I hate that!