Paul Revere & the Raiders
Listen – Paul Revere and the Raiders – Too Much Talk – MP3
Time to bring another week to a close, and since Monday’s selection may have fallen a tad too much on the twee side for some, what better way to balance out the equation than with a fuzzed out, vaguely freakbeat-y side by the mighty Paul Revere & the Raiders.
I’ve been a Paul Revere & the Raiders fan since I started hearing tunes like ‘Kicks’, ‘Good Thing’ and ‘Indian Reservation’ back on WCBS-FM, when I was but a lad.
During my garage punk years in the mid-80s, though the Raiders may have looked a little bit manufactured and aimed at 12 year old girls (though what rock group back then wasn’t marketed that way?), the high quality of their music – pure pop with a hard, punkish edge – always managed to clear the air.
I have to admit that since about the mid-80s, the extent of my Paul Revere & the Raiders collection was the original single disc CD issue of their Greatest Hits, which when you break it down pretty much has all the essentials anyway.
However…in the last few years I’ve started to pick up their OG vinyl whenever I find it and as you can imagine the sounds I heard on those records certainly redefined the meaning of the word “essential”.
One of the records I found in the field was the 45 of ‘Happening 68’, which, though the a-side didn’t do much for me, had a flip that blew my mind.
‘Too Much Talk’ – written and produced by Raiders vocalist Mark Lindsay is a blazing bit of psyched-up, US freakbeat that owes (especially the verse) a significant debt to the Beatles’ ‘Paperback Writer’. Dig if you will the prominent fuzz (and tremeloed) guitar, organ and trippy vocal effects in the second half of the record.
A very groovy tune, and proof that the Revere & the Raiders still had it going on in 1968.
I hope you dig the tune and if I can squeeze it in (I’ll be on the road for a family trip from Friday afternoon until Sunday night) I’ll be back on Monday with something interesting.