Category Archives: Arrangements and Sounds

When Did Pat Most Get to You? The Smithereens, “Listen To Me Girl” & “I Don’t Want To Lose You” (1986)

For Pat DiNizio (the sunglasses) 1955-2017 When did Pat most get to you? (Of course we’re talking about the band, not Pat alone.) I bet some would answer, “The whole somber mass of Green Thoughts” (1988). I feel like that too. But … Continue reading

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Comfortably Together: Traffic, “Heaven Is In Your Mind” (1967)

A December 1967 release: We’re sitting in Traffic’s living room and digging how the cozy ensemble isn’t trying too hard. The track speaks to us calmly and confidently like a jewel of a demo. Jim Capaldi’s unusual yet perfectly sensible … Continue reading

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The Phantom of the You: The Young Rascals, “How Can I Be Sure” (1967)

What an unexpected song! As emblematic of the whole wonder, I admire certain unexpected low notes in the melody. They come at these places in the first verse: Whenever I, whenever I am away from you (0:28) I want to die, … Continue reading

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Just Stay There: Beck, “Dreams” (2015)

This just in from Beck, re-issued on his 2017 album Colors: a wonderful simple chord trick in “Dreams.“ The song’s main chord progression is stated right away (this forms the reference baseline for the trick that comes later). It’s a … Continue reading

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Stepping Up: The Association, “Windy” (1967)

Nothing in 1967 affected me more strongly, more transportingly, than “Windy.” It’s true that the tune does not come out of the gate like three-weeks-at-#1 material. It’s stiff and slow, and the bass riff it offers is insipid (a simple … Continue reading

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Scary: The Who, “I Can See For Miles” (1967)

Next in my series of fifty-years-late appreciations of music in the year of wonders, I turn to a September 1967 (U.S.) release. Some tracks burst into your life sounding unnervingly good in a deeply unfamiliar way. (The uniqueness makes this … Continue reading

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Too Beautiful: Small Faces, “Itchycoo Park” (1967)

The year of wonders, 1967, is well-represented on the Hooks site, but I’d like to lift up one more wonder to mark its fiftieth anniversary. I’ve always found “Itchycoo Park” (released in August 1967) tremendous, but to protect the experience … Continue reading

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