Listen -The Critters – Little Girl – MP3
The last time we featured the music of the Critters was almost two years ago, not long after the inception of the Iron Leg blog.
When you mention the name of the Critters to most people (those who might be familiar with the sounds of the 60s anyway) the song they think of more often than not is the dramy, melodic pop of ‘Mr. Dieingly Sad’, their Top 40 hit from the summer of 1966.
If you get yourself a chance to dig a little deeper, and manage to pick up some of the Critters’ 45s, which fortunately are both plentiful and inexpensive, you’ll discover that they were much more than that song.
Formed in New Jersey, the Critters signed with Kapp records in 1964 and released their first records in 1966. The hit the Top 40 for the first time in the Spring of 1966 with their cover of the Lovin’ Spoonful’s ‘Younger Girl’. They managed to hit the charts about a half dozen times before leaving Kapp, and breaking up/reforming in 1968 to record an excellent sunshine pop/lite psych LP for Enoch Light’s Project 3 label.
‘Little Girl’, written by keyboard player Chris Darway was a local New York area hit in the fall of 1967. Like the first Critters song I posted here – ‘It Just Won’t Be That Way’ – ‘Little Girl’ has a great garage/folk vibe, with lots of jangly guitar and a nice electric piano solo by Darway. The opening chords remind me a little of ‘The Way I Feel About You’ by the Pete Best Four.
I hope you dig the tune and I’ll be back later in the week with something cool.