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Friday On My Mind 1. Friday On My Mind

The Branch Manager at my workplace had the thought that we workers weren’€™t having enough fun (thank you David Brent) and came up with the glorious idea of having a competition. We were to name our favourite 1960s hit – that is no purely album tracks were allowed -€“ and pay £1 for the privilege of entering it.* A committee was formed to adjudicate the results. The winner was announced and played over the tannoy – wait for it – after work on the day we broke up for Easter. Some fun!

Runner-up was the now ubiquitous but at the time relatively ignored Hi-Ho Silver Lining as by The Jeff Beck Group. It came second to Daydream Believer by the Monkees. You’€™ll have guessed I wasn’€™t on the committee. I will admit to a softish spot for the Monkees but Daydream Believer is a bit twee.

Anyway this all got me to thinking which song I would have considered. I soon realised that choosing just one is impossible but if I had to it would probably be Rupert’s People’s Reflections of Charles Brown but really it depends on the mood I’€™m in.

I’ve already featured a lot of 1960s songs here and any of them could have been contenders. So pick one from Rainbow Chaser, Tiny Goddess or Pentecost Hotel by the true Nirvana, the real Nirvana (see my category and scroll down.)
Or there’€™s America by The Nice, with which I started off my prog rock musings, plus their The Diamond Hard Blue Apples Of The Moon – even if it was a B-side – and The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack,
The Electric Prunes’€™ I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night and Get Me To The World On Time (both here,)
The Small Faces’€™ Tin Soldier,
The Who’s I’€™m A Boy,
Python Lee Jackson’€™s In A Broken Dream,
Procol Harum’€™s Homburg,
R Dean Taylor’€™s Gotta See Jane and Indiana Wants Me.
I would also have included Nights In White Satin by The Moody Blues if it hadn’€™t been turned into a cliché by excessive re-releasing and overplay.

That’€™s most, but not all, of the 1960s songs I’€™ve mentioned before.

But there is a host more, of which I have fond memories and which I might have chosen.

So to start what may be a regular series this is The Easybeats and Friday On My Mind.

*Edited to add:- The money collected was to be split two to one between the respective submitters of the winner and the runner-up.

Aphrodite’€™s Child: It’€™s Five O’€™Clock

I don’t believe I’d ever heard this song by Aphrodite’€™s Child until it was on Radio 2′s Sounds Of The Sixties recently. It’€™s clearly influenced by the mid 1960s British group Nirvana whom I featured some time ago – see my category. (Or perhaps it’€™s a Greek thing. Nirvana’€™s composer was Greek as were at least two members of Aphrodite’s Child.) There’s also a touch of Procol Harum’€™s A Whiter Shade Of Pale in the bass line and the organ.

It’€™s Five O’€™Clock:

The Aphrodite’€™s Child song I most remember, though, is Rain And Tears. There’€™s a murky sound quality film/video of them playing it on You Tube but I also came across this crisper version. A touch of Pachelbel’s Canon in the intro methinks. It gets everywhere.

As I recall (and Wikipedia confirms) Aphrodite’€™s Child spawned Demis Roussos and Vangelis but I’ll not hold that against them.

On second thought….

Nirvana (3)

This is the real Nirvana‘€™s track, Rainbow Chaser, their third single, which is said to be the first to utilise throughout what became almost a trademark of musical psychedelia, phasing.

I must confess that, to me, the verses seem to be without phasing.

This alternative version (not the one I remember) does seem more phased but otherwise its arrangement is more conventional.

The Trouble With Kurt Cobain and Nirvana (2)

Apart from calling his band Nirvana I once thought that Cobain’€™s use of the song title Smells Like Teen Spirit was pretty cool, a nice metaphorical touch. Then I found out Teen Spirit is actually some sort of American deodorant.

Not so cool at all, then. (Except under the arms of course.)

Here is the real Nirvana‘s track, Pentecost Hotel, their second single.

The Trouble With Kurt Cobain and Nirvana (1)

The trouble with Kurt Cobain was that he named his band Nirvana.

This means that whenever I mention the original Nirvana, the true Nirvana, I have to explain I don’€™t mean a grungy bunch from Seattle.

The earlier (1960s) Nirvana’€™s mainstays were Patrick Campbell-Lyons and Alex Spyropoulos. Together with producer Chris Blackwell they produced a series of idiosyncratic singles with classical/orchestral influences and also released what was probably the first concept album, The Story Of Simon Simopath, which had a quintessentially 60s psychedelic cover – complete with blocky unequal sized lettering.

This is their first single, Tiny Goddess, which has more than a hint of Pachelbel.

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