BILL CRIDER'S POP CULTURE MAGAZINE
Aerosmith and Black Sabbath?Mark Hirsh is a complete dumbass!
My thought exactly.
I was going to say he's a dumbass for Bobby Darin & the Lovin' Spoonful, so there you go.Percy Sledge, on the other hand...
I also agree with you, Jeff. Bobby Darin certainly deserves a place, and you'll notice the guy cleverly failed to mention the Spoonful's "Summer in the City," one of the greats. Percy Sledge, on the other hand. . . .
And he's dissing The Dave Clark Five? They were a fine band with a ton of excellent songs, most of which weren't top ten hits. I'm with Jeff on Darrin and The Spoonful.
Then there's a discussion on a list Bill and I are on, as to whether we should recognize someone whose work was relatively infrequent, even slight in volume, but vast in influence. Percy Sledge, yes. Mark Hirsh, except as a sort of troll columnist, no.Todd Mason, who wonders if the Zombies have been recognized yet, as they damned well should. While Tommy James should not be, any more than Mountain nor Black Oak Arkansas, if Hirsh wanted examples of bands that actually didn't know what to do with the volume and trappings.
While I agree that Darin's Splish Splash is enough to make one gouge out their eardrums with a screwdriver, he should be in the Hall of Fame for Things.And Lovin' Spoonful? Darlin' Be Home Soon. End of discussion.
What's the Lovin' Spoonful track about a guy who wears glasses? Four-Eyes? ("Four eyes / whatcha gonna do?") That's their best one. I've always liked the two first albums by Sabbath, even though my hate for heavy metal is largely known. Aerosmith, on the other hand...Tommy James had some really good songs. I'm a big fan of "Crystal Blue Persuasion".
"Crystal Blue Persuasion" isn't too bad a bit of psychebubblegum, but while "Splish Splash" is a bad if catchy joke, "Hanky Panky" by TJ and the Shondells is a crime against humanity, not to be forgiven. Also, hated his whiny vocal in "Crimson and Clover," which almost sounds good when Joan Jett sings it.
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