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2013-03-20 11:54:16 PM  
#1 Beach Boys

*closes list*
 
2013-03-21 12:01:03 AM  
Re: The End    "It is scarcely conceivable how many psychedelic adventures this song has provided a soundtrack for ..."

I can account for a substantial number of them
 
2013-03-21 12:02:29 AM  
I never heard of The Red Telephone, and I was 9 years old in 1967.   But yeah, as one who's first memories of music are Stairway to Heaven and School's Out, I'm ok with this list.

/ except I'd call it "songs that made music better"
 
2013-03-21 12:13:52 AM  

Snotnose: I never heard of The Red Telephone, and I was 9 years old in 1967.   But yeah, as one who's first memories of music are Stairway to Heaven and School's Out, I'm ok with this list.

/ except I'd call it "songs that made music better"


I'd never heard of that one, either, and I was seriously into music in those days. Probably got lost in the Sgt. Pepper summer
 
2013-03-21 12:19:07 AM  
Good to see the Kinks getting more and more recognition. The deserve every bit of it.
 
2013-03-21 01:18:46 AM  

CaptSacto: Snotnose: I never heard of The Red Telephone, and I was 9 years old in 1967.   But yeah, as one who's first memories of music are Stairway to Heaven and School's Out, I'm ok with this list.

/ except I'd call it "songs that made music better"

I'd never heard of that one, either, and I was seriously into music in those days. Probably got lost in the Sgt. Pepper summer


Love are definitely an unfairly forgotten band. I wouldn't have known about them myself had The Damned not covered one of their songs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYVDN27CrOo
 
2013-03-21 01:25:40 AM  
I don't care what anyone says, the moody blues were awesome. saw them with my mom on a whim about 10 years ago and they were still kicking it
 
2013-03-21 01:28:27 AM  
alan parsons project ?
 
2013-03-21 01:30:12 AM  
The Doors but no Velvet Underground?  The effing Beach Boys??  Pass.
 
2013-03-21 01:30:50 AM  

Gordon Bennett: CaptSacto: Snotnose: I never heard of The Red Telephone, and I was 9 years old in 1967.   But yeah, as one who's first memories of music are Stairway to Heaven and School's Out, I'm ok with this list.

/ except I'd call it "songs that made music better"

I'd never heard of that one, either, and I was seriously into music in those days. Probably got lost in the Sgt. Pepper summer

Love are definitely an unfairly forgotten band. I wouldn't have known about them myself had The Damned not covered one of their songs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYVDN27CrOo


Well, hell... Love did Little Red Book. Guess I just never heard Red Telephone.
They kind of had a red thing, didn't they?
 
2013-03-21 01:31:08 AM  
I've never heard of Love outside of the song Seven & Seven Is, which is an awesome song I learned about from the skate video Goldfish from the skate company Girl. Thanks Girl!
 
2013-03-21 01:32:26 AM  
Gordon Bennett:

And thanks for the link!
 
2013-03-21 01:32:38 AM  
Throw this link into the Featured Partner black hole.
 
2013-03-21 01:32:41 AM  
Is this what music writing is these days?

/liked the list, learned some
 
2013-03-21 01:35:10 AM  
List fails. Where's The Nice? Or Zappa's King Kong? Or the Soft Machine?
 
2013-03-21 01:36:38 AM  
huh. number 1 and number 10 are two of my most favorite songs ever and I hate prog rock so take your emerson lake and palmer fancy pants hoodie doodie and shove 'em right up yer Sister Ray


too bad white light/white heat didn't come out until '68
 
2013-03-21 01:55:28 AM  

CaptSacto: Snotnose: I never heard of The Red Telephone, and I was 9 years old in 1967.   But yeah, as one who's first memories of music are Stairway to Heaven and School's Out, I'm ok with this list.

/ except I'd call it "songs that made music better"

I'd never heard of that one, either, and I was seriously into music in those days. Probably got lost in the Sgt. Pepper summer


I third that. I was 16 in 1967 and listened to music constantly but I never heard of either the song or the band.
 
2013-03-21 02:00:03 AM  
I prefer cock rock myself.
 
2013-03-21 02:03:07 AM  
Sgt Pepper was released in 1967. I think A Day In The Life is as progressive as almost anything on this list. But overall, the list is pretty good.

Oh, and Alone Again Or is Love's best song. Maybe not its most "progressive". But god I love that tune.
 
2013-03-21 02:10:46 AM  

Porndip Poonpat: I prefer cock rock myself.


Everybody knows cock rock is just a rip off of Rooster-American Blues
 
2013-03-21 02:19:19 AM  
This article caused me to look up what albums were referenced in the Venture Bros. ep "Perchance to Dean" to see if any were the same.

They were not. But at least I know what they are now.
 
2013-03-21 02:23:26 AM  

sonnyboy11: Sgt Pepper was released in 1967. I think A Day In The Life is as progressive as almost anything on this list. But overall, the list is pretty good.

Oh, and Alone Again Or is Love's best song. Maybe not its most "progressive". But god I love that tune.


Hell yes to both of these.

\prog-head
 
2013-03-21 02:33:33 AM  

CruiserTwelve: CaptSacto: Snotnose: I never heard of The Red Telephone, and I was 9 years old in 1967.   But yeah, as one who's first memories of music are Stairway to Heaven and School's Out, I'm ok with this list.

/ except I'd call it "songs that made music better"

I'd never heard of that one, either, and I was seriously into music in those days. Probably got lost in the Sgt. Pepper summer

I third that. I was 16 in 1967 and listened to music constantly but I never heard of either the song or the band.


As someone born 11 years after 1967, I obviously didn't experience any of it the firs time around, but I've noticed this album has become something of a favorite forgotten gem among music geeks, and ironically one of the most "popular" obscure albums of the period, over the last maybe 5-10 years.

But it's no wonder a lot of stuff got lost in the shuffle back then.  I actually find myself digging deep into music of the late '60s and early '70s and finding lots of obscure bands that were still doing really good stuff.
 
2013-03-21 02:34:22 AM  

sonnyboy11: Oh, and Alone Again Or is Love's best song. Maybe not its most "progressive". But god I love that tune.


I'd take "The Daily Planet," "She Comes in Colors," "Little Red Book," "Your Mind and We Belong Together," and, yes, "The Red Telephone" before "Alone Again Or."  Doesn't mean it's a bad song, just means it's a great song that's not quite as great.

Forever Changes is essential.
 
2013-03-21 02:38:34 AM  

Entity79: List fails. Where's The Nice? Or Zappa's King Kong? Or the Soft Machine?


I equate those waaaaaay more as prog-rock influences than something like "Waterloo Sunset" which to me has as much to do with prog-rock as a Band-Aid has to do with pizza.

/not a prog-rock guy
//"Waterloo Sunset" rules, though
 
2013-03-21 02:46:06 AM  
Didn't know Cream are Monster Magnet fans
 
2013-03-21 02:48:42 AM  

LewDux: Monster Magnet fans


I went to see a heavy metal band in New York...called Monster Magnet. Man, they were heavy, boy. The lead singer got on the monitor, and he said, "How many of you people feel like human beings tonight?" Then he said, "How many of you feel like animals?" And everyone cheered after the animals part. But the thing is, I cheered after the human being part because I did not know that there was a second part to the question. "Yes, I do feel like a human. I do not feel like a tree."
 
2013-03-21 03:05:58 AM  

Porndip Poonpat: I prefer cock rock myself.


Is it similar to butt rock?
 
2013-03-21 03:39:17 AM  

TheJoe03: Porndip Poonpat: I prefer cock rock myself.

Is it similar to butt rock?


they often intersect.
 
2013-03-21 03:58:33 AM  
Wut, no Hendrix? Article writer has no experience.
 
2013-03-21 04:51:33 AM  
Thanks for this article. It's been far too long since I reminded myself that The Beach Boys make my ears bleed. It's good for my sense of self-preservation to keep it fresh in mind.
 
2013-03-21 04:58:19 AM  

GAT_00: #1 Beach Boys

*closes list mind*


FTFY
 
2013-03-21 05:00:58 AM  

Glenechocreek: Wut, no Hendrix? Article writer has no experience.


I see what you...well, you know.
 
2013-03-21 06:05:43 AM  
I like how they split a list of ten things into two pages.
 
2013-03-21 06:44:13 AM  

CarnySaur: I like how they split a list of ten things into two pages.


can't have them breaking the internet with their pages, now, can we!
 
2013-03-21 07:31:40 AM  

tlchwi02: I don't care what anyone says, the moody blues were awesome. saw them with my mom on a whim about 10 years ago and they were still kicking it


Was it on a Tuesday afternoon by chance?

/Sorry
 
2013-03-21 08:22:36 AM  
It's nature's way of telling you...
 
2013-03-21 08:54:22 AM  
The real watershed moment came two years later
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ubc5_owhl0
 
2013-03-21 09:08:01 AM  
I like the list and am a huge Pink Floyd fan, but Interstallar Overdrive is pure dreck.
 
2013-03-21 09:20:36 AM  

sonnyboy11: Sgt Pepper was released in 1967. I think A Day In The Life is as progressive as almost anything on this list. But overall, the list is pretty good.


No argument here, it's a pretty good list; but any article about "Heroes and Villains" that doesn't mention Van Dyke Parks is a little suspect. And Clapton and Bruce both give major credit to artist Martin Sharp for the lyrics and concept behind "Tales of Brave Ulysses."

When I think of 1967 (I was in hi skul at the time) I remember the Fab Four releasing "Penny Lane" backed with "Strawberry Fields" and if that's not enough of a two-sided punch, they did it again later that year with "Hello Goodbye" b/w "I am the Walrus." Our minds were well and truly blown hearing that on our Sears Silvertone transistor radios in the back seat of the bus.

/"Let the farkers figure THAT one out."
 
2013-03-21 09:30:59 AM  
Interesting to look back at a particular year and discover some influential stuff all sharing the same date.  With film I look back at 1976 as the year that changed everything.  Aside from Rocky inventing the Summer blockbuster 1976 gave us Taxi Driver, Marathon Man, Carrie, Logan's Run, Network, Car Wash, The Bad News Bears, and M,J, and S just to name a few.
 
2013-03-21 09:42:50 AM  

Crewmannumber6: The real watershed moment came two years later
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ubc5_owhl0


Hellz ya!

Epitaph is still one of my favorite songs.

=]
 
2013-03-21 09:42:52 AM  

karmaceutical: The effing Beach Boys??  Pass.


GAT_00: #1 Beach Boys *closes list*



the beach boys - especially their 1966 release "pet sounds" - were every bit as important, musically speaking, as the beatles.
 
2013-03-21 09:50:10 AM  

karmaceutical: The Doors but no Velvet Underground?


I have no earthly idea how VU's debut album isn't on the list. I realize 1967 was a pretty loaded year for great albums, but you can easily make the case Lou Reed and gang made the most influential and daring one of all.

Christ, a song like "Heroin" would've still been considered visionary if not released until 10 years later.
 
2013-03-21 09:55:15 AM  

RoyHobbs22: Interesting to look back at a particular year and discover some influential stuff all sharing the same date.  With film I look back at 1976 as the year that changed everything.  Aside from Rocky inventing the Summer blockbuster 1976 gave us Taxi Driver, Marathon Man, Carrie, Logan's Run, Network, Car Wash, The Bad News Bears, and M,J, and S just to name a few.


You're not wrong, but I'd say that ROCKY was simply cementing a trend pioneered by JAWS the year before.  Critical, yes, but not seminal.
 
2013-03-21 09:57:16 AM  
While it came out in '69 and not '67, if you haven't heard "Cellophane Symphony", it'll blow your mind if you have preconceived notions about Tommy James & the Shondells. Don't think of "Mony Mony" and "Hanky Panky", think of the guy behind "Crimson and Clover" taking it further.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qNQXb18l8g
 
2013-03-21 10:11:45 AM  
Neil Young would, of course, go in entirely different directions (ranging from the folk-rock of his solo debut to garage-band glory with Crazy Horse to the acoustic stylings of After the Gold Rush and the perfection, if not invention, of country-rock on Harvest

upload.wikimedia.org


Disagree.
 
2013-03-21 10:17:03 AM  

FlashHarry: karmaceutical: The effing Beach Boys??  Pass.

GAT_00: #1 Beach Boys *closes list*


the beach boys - especially their 1966 release "pet sounds" - were every bit as important, musically speaking, as the beatles.


Ab-so-farkin'-lutely. McCartney and Lennon both have said that "Pet Sounds" had a lot to do with "Sgt Pepper." Even George Martin has mentioned how closely he listened to Brian Wilson's studio techniques. It's a shame that the surviving members of the band have become cartoons, much in the way that Elvis did in his last years. But the current caricatures shouldn't obscure their contributions. I'm just sad their "Holland" tour was never filmed, as far as I can tell. I saw it in a mid-sized auditorium and was blown away at how excellent it was. While the rest of the country was listening to mellow Southern California country rock, these guys were still pushing boundaries. Donald Fagen, never one to lavish praise, has said that tour had a lot to do with the direction he was pushing the early Steely Dan.
 
2013-03-21 10:20:51 AM  
47 posts in and no de-slidination?

Son I am disappoint.
 
2013-03-21 10:20:52 AM  
Oh cool. A list of 10 random songs from 1967.
 
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