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Best SIngle Of 1968 #1
Yummy Yummy Yummy - The Ohio Express 7% [2/30]
Your Squaw Is On The Warpath - Loretta Lynn 3% [1/30]
Your Mind And We Belong Together - Love 3% [1/30]
Young Girl - Gary Puckett & The Union Gap 13% [4/30]
You've Just Stepped In (From Stepping Out On Me) - Loretta Lynn 0% [0/30]
You're All I Need To Get By - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell 30% [9/30]
You'll Never Walk Alone - Elvis Presley 10% [3/30]
You Showed Me - The Turtles 7% [2/30]
You Must Be a Witch The Lollipop Shoppe 3% [1/30]
You Met Your Match - Stevie Wonder 3% [1/30]
You Better Get Going Now - Zoot 3% [1/30]
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere - The Byrds 7% [2/30]
Yesterday's Dreams - Four Tops 0% [0/30]
Yester Love - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 0% [0/30]
Words - Bee Gees 10% [3/30]


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artie
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 Posted June 17th, 2011 12:05 AM   IP              
You're All I Need To Get By, without much question.

The song would have been a smash to begin with no matter who sang on it, with the Ashford/Simpson production and luscious track...but when the voices of the angels are stacked on top, there is little that can be done to top it. Tammi is especially splendid on this one, and the bass, vibes, and subtle rhythm guitar are magical.

Props to Words as runner-up, but it isn't in the same zipcode as this one.

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IanWagner
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 Posted June 17th, 2011 12:51 AM   IP              
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Matinee Idyll (129) wrote:
Has nobody mentioned how cool it is that we're starting at the end of the alphabet? No letter-bias here.


Glad you like it, man. GIves a fresher tone to it. Wanted to do that for 1969 too, but didn't get it together.

   
IanWagner
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 Posted June 17th, 2011 12:54 AM   IP              
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Matinee Idyll (129) wrote:
Ohio Express, they were basically an early incarnation of 10CC, right? I certainly remember Graham Gouldman wrote one of their later hits, 'Sausalito'. Anywho, this totally fucking rocks. Really not far removed from the boogie rock of Status Quo or Canned Heat. Great feel, great vocals, great song.
Bee Gees, it's amazing but I like 'World' alot more. Was that this year too? Darn.


Ohio Express were American, from the Super K bubblegum axis.
World was a single in late 1967, I wouldn't miss that out.
Great comments, and I agree with you on You Showed Me. Stunning, stunning track. But Elenore is even better!

   
Jon
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 Posted June 17th, 2011 01:02 AM   IP              
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Ohio Express were American, from the Super K bubblegum axis.
World was a single in late 1967, I wouldn't miss that out.
Great comments, and I agree with you on You Showed Me. Stunning, stunning track. But Elenore is even better!


elenore is my joint, but "Sound Asleep" is even better! Is that '68 or '67?

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IanWagner
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 Posted June 17th, 2011 01:29 AM   IP              
68, and it'll be on.
   
Jon
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 Posted June 17th, 2011 01:45 AM   IP              
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68, and it'll be on.


I have the 45!!! Love that song!

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IanWagner
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 Posted June 17th, 2011 03:04 AM   IP              
The Story Of Rock And Roll is the only Turtles single of this year that won't appear.
   
Matinee Idyll (129)
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 Posted June 17th, 2011 03:05 AM   IP              
I had erased it from my memory, thanks Ian!

Young Girl get out of my mind!

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Justin
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 Posted June 17th, 2011 04:44 AM   IP              
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elenore is my joint, but "Sound Asleep" is even better! Is that '68 or '67?


Not a huge Turtles fan, but I love Elenore. 'You're my pride and joy, et cetera'. Has there ever been a more perfect line in a pop song?

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 Posted June 17th, 2011 08:32 AM   IP              
Best version:



YOU BETTER RUN GIRL
YOUR MUCH TO YOUG GIRL



(Edited by shhh peaceful)
   
Matinee Idyll (129)
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 Posted June 17th, 2011 08:47 AM   IP              
Oh my fucking god. No sleep for me tonight!

"C'mon fellas, help out! If you're not singing you're a turkey sandwich!"

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Matinee Idyll (129)
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 Posted June 17th, 2011 08:52 AM   IP              
I wonder what his daughters are thinking...



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Matinee Idyll (129)
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 Posted June 17th, 2011 08:55 AM   IP              
I never realised the song had such strong lesbian overtones, makes perfect sense now!



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Jon
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 Posted June 17th, 2011 09:18 AM   IP              
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The Story Of Rock And Roll is the only Turtles single of this year that won't appear.



...I love THAT one too. But I suppose we gotta pick and choose or we'd be here all damn night!

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Justin
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I had to go for the Byrds. sorry! I don't really give two shits about the significance of the Sweetheart album or Gram or whatever, I just think it's a perfect pop single. The "countryness" of it is irrelevant. I like how Gram complained that Sweetheart retained too much of the old Byrds sounds. Well, the most successful songs on that album are the ones that retained that old sound. To me at least.
2nd choice was probably the Lollipop Shoppe. I kept wanting it to really cut loose and then they kept reigning it back in, which was really annoying me, but then they unleased the solo. Which was great, but I wanted it to go on for about 5 minutes. Which would probably defeat the whole point of the song though, I guess. Heavier than anything in the grunge/alt 90s canon? Er, wouldn't go that far though!
  
Nick
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 Posted June 17th, 2011 11:29 AM   IP              
Good on you for going ahead and doing this one proper Ian!

Here's my take:

yummy: good traCK but horrible lead vocals, backing doesn't stack up well over it. annoying change in key at the end. great guitar and drums tho. my 2cents on a very familiar (to me since i wuz a kid) song

Squaw: her voice saves it. hate the back vocals. guitar riff can get a bit annoying, the schitck wears thin

Your mind...stereo mix is weird, but best song so far. lyrics, the part with the fake classical vocals are intenser than gtr. solo. almost seems like a whole album long epic after yummy and squaw

skip, can not take this mofo's voice. a minute egg smashed against the breakfast bar

Light years better backing than Squaw, and better singin from Loretta is the cherry on top.

Well, this decimates everything previously. I've had this track on a mix for the car the past month yet it's the freshest yet on here. Like morning glories sparkled in mountain dew in the rising sun--quick, catch it before it fades away.

Unfortunately I do not listen to this Elvis track that much at all. For some God-forssaken reason, I don;t know. And let me tell you, an unfamiliar powerhouse Elvis cut like this is usually gonna get my vote at the end of the melee. Hmmmm...but it is basically a capella so I'm thinking the magnificence of the Marvin & Tammi track, the synergy there between all that and their two voices, might still win out. perfect package vs. perfect performance caught on record

Turtles, eh. cheesy, maudlin. weird mix with the drums all tripping over on the right hand side. kind of a bizarre single, too mellow and caught by your 'rents playing with yourself

Dude's voice is too stylized to sound like he really means it. The I Don't Need Your Love Yeah part--NOW that's like you mean it. Bravo so, bravo! So: crappy build up but way strong finish. Shit I might vote for this half a song

Steveland! Amazing how different this Motown cut sounds from the other. Bright & electric vs. majestic earth. I'll be honest, this one's fairly new to me. These are the best backing vocals so far, they just sound like this tonal riff over which Stevie shits gold

Hi track, you better get goin' off my earphones. wtf, cheeze. like hang on sloppy. Hi-larious drum fill tho: CHANGE STATIONS MEN, THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING! WTF on that harp/Banshee swipe: yo, let's put this in here, it's wild man.

This is just like a tub of steamin'water--it's good when you first slip in but then it ain't so hot. ESPECIALLY compared to Loretta, sorry. Second track I have to skip, lasted 2 min tho

Angelic and Boogie-Woogie soul. Fucking superb, as to be expected even from a possibly second tier Four Tops song. Small pile of ashes, wow--gospel music box at the end there. Sweet.

Great lyrics and delivery--awesome chord changes with dark horns underneath. a little too light to muster up against

Fantastic futuristic intro--even against today's style of production sounds amazing. I am actually more familiar with elvis' version than this original. Hell, I don;'t know if I've heard it before this. Not bad, but loses some of it's punch once things start to layer up, kind of floats away like dandelions on a summer breeze--not that that's a bad thing really. I would think normally I'd be put off by the manner in which it's sung, but at the end I'm thoroughly won over.

I think... for Your All I Need To Get By for the numero uno (I think I personally like THAT kind of love more than the one Elvis espouses here), with the end rave up of You Must Be A Witch for second place and You'll Never Walk Alone third. The Stevie cut will recieve lots of love from me in the future, good looking out!

oh and You Must Be A Witch is my favorite "song title" out of the bunch--it's a great one.
   
Nick
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 Posted June 17th, 2011 11:45 AM   IP              
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Her [Loretta's] voicing of "I can't hold your love by FORCE" is one of my favourite moments in country music.


Yeah, her delivery in that is Mercurial.

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But you know, if Elvis magically appeared before me to take a request, this just might be my choice. As intense and soulful as anything in the James Carr catalogue, and with a strange element of anger as well. Listen for the "k" sound at the end of the word "walk", every time he sings it. Strange thing, I think of this one as a performance that far transcends the single format. So, it will be shunted to second place here. But it is precious.


Really? On the request part, I mean, not your actual thoughts, which I think are beautifully put. Cool.




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The gospel-piano feel is unusual for Motown. [Four Tops]


Yeah, I def felt that, and liked it alot.
   
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It sure fucking does! Especially the latter. I'd fight in a back alley to prove the dominance of "Sugar Sugar" over just about everything released that year by "real" "important" "acts."


Did it feel like someone was walking on your grave Jon? :)
   
Nick
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halleluwah wrote:And bizarrely, he wore a Civil War uniform while doing it. How a phenomenon like Gary Puckett was allowed to happen in our society is a puzzle I'll never really figure out.

That said, if the songs themselves were any good, we'd all be looking past the subject matter and calling it 'provocative.' Because, you know, think about Serge Gainsbourg.


Perfect.

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But Young Girl pretty well blows


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Nick
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Matinee Idyll (129) wrote:
Ohio Express, they were basically an early incarnation of 10CC, right?

You're All I Need To Get By starts up exactly the same as Feel by Big Star. Amazing, imparts a real sense of anticipation.

Zoot were unfairly dismissed as a wimpy bubblegum band by 'serious' music fans down here, but still put out some great singles, and this has one of the best fuzz guitar parts I've ever heard and is basically just a kickass pop tune.


1.? really, cool.

2. Totally

3. :( sorry I was kind of mean to that track.+
   
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 Posted June 17th, 2011 11:58 AM   IP              
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Did it feel like someone was walking on your grave Jon? :)


YES!!

Honestly, Justin's reply shocked me -- surely we've had a "bubblegum music is god" thread recently? No? Well, it must be time for a new 'un!!


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 Posted June 17th, 2011 11:59 AM   IP              
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The Stevie cut will recieve lots of love from me in the future, good looking out!


That record was one of my big finds from the Motown thread. It's nothing like 100% great, there's filler on it, but man oh man, the great tracks are GREAT. Like SO great.

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Nick
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 Posted June 17th, 2011 11:59 AM   IP              
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Ohio Express were American, from the Super K bubblegum axis.


Ah, OK
   
Nick
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 Posted June 17th, 2011 12:00 PM   IP              
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YES!!

Honestly, Justin's reply shocked me -- surely we've had a "bubblegum music is god" thread recently? No? Well, it must be time for a new 'un!!




No! That's why stuff like that from Justin is good--keeps your wits (and your shiv) sharp...
   
Nick
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 Posted June 17th, 2011 12:02 PM   IP              
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That record was one of my big finds from the Motown thread. It's nothing like 100% great, there's filler on it, but man oh man, the great tracks are GREAT. Like SO great.


That thread was too much for me to take in at the time--I had to put it into a doc for later, piece by piece. I love the single polls, easier for me to just jump in and go I guess.
   
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 Posted June 17th, 2011 12:03 PM   IP              
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I never realised the song had such strong lesbian overtones, makes perfect sense now!





LOL, amazing
   
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 Posted June 17th, 2011 12:08 PM   IP              
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I just think it's a perfect pop single.


I kept wanting it to really cut loose and then they kept reigning it back in, which was really annoying me, but then they unleased the solo. Which was great, but I wanted it to go on for about 5 minutes. Which would probably defeat the whole point of the song though, I guess.


Wha???? Well, you're right about the other. An Un-leased Solo, what is that some sort of mortgage fraud?
   
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 Posted June 17th, 2011 12:56 PM   IP              
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YES!!

Honestly, Justin's reply shocked me -- surely we've had a "bubblegum music is god" thread recently? No? Well, it must be time for a new 'un!!




Hasn't been a thread like that since I've been in these parts. So get one started, and convince me that bubblegum music is The Shit, and not just shit!

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 Posted June 17th, 2011 01:21 PM   IP              
Bubblegum music is the naked truth.
   



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