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Too Good to Be Bad

Since we’ve entered a fresh new year and avoided getting destroyed in a Mayan-predicted apocalypse, I believe it’s time for a new mix. Ladies and gents, He Doesn’t Love Me: Girl Pop 1964-66.

Female-sung pop from the ’60s counts as one of my favorite musical genres, but I haven’t had a mix that focuses exclusively on it until putting together He Doesn’t Love Me, a 31-track set that represents a bumper crop of under-appreciated gems from the years 1964-66. Having it focus on those three years is important – conventional pop history wisdom says that this period happened when the “Girl Group” sound was on the wane, steamrolled by The Beatles and a more aggressive Rock sound. The energetic, sometimes goofy, always fun tunes on this mix clearly show, however, that Girl Pop was mutating into something special (especially in England, where the Fab Four’s influence is more evident). Who cares that it wasn’t as popular? I’d even venture to say that much of this stuff can hold its own against The Beatles and their guy-group contemporaries. The passionately sung, impeccably arranged songs here betray the fact that most of them are b-sides, album cuts and failed singles.

This time, I decided to have the download as separate mp3 and m4a files, instead of the continuous mixes offered previously. Simply download, drag all the files into a playlist and enjoy.

Download He Doesn’t Love Me: Scrubbles.net Winter 2013 Mix (116 MB Zip file)

He Doesn’t Love Me is also available here (with a few substitutions) on Spotify.

Track listing:
1. Sharon Tandy – “Now That You’ve Gone” (Pye UK single, 1965)
2. Petula Clark – “Life and Soul of the Party” (My Love LP cut, 1966)
3. The Supremes – “Mother Dear” (More Hits By The Supremes LP cut, 1965)
4. Jan Panter – “Put Yourself in My Place” (Pye UK single b-side, 1966)
5. Lulu Porter – “Nobody Hurt But Me” (Pep single, 1965)
6. Skeeter Davis – “Don’t Let Me Stand in Your Way” (RCA Victor single b-side, 1964)
7. Reparata & The Delrons – “Bye Bye Baby” (Whenever A Teenager Cries LP cut, 1965)
8. The Rag Dolls – “Society Girl” (Parkway single, 1964)
9. Denise Germaine – “He’s a Strange One” (ABC Paramount single, 1964)
10. The Lewis Sisters – “He’s an Oddball” (V.I.P. single, 1965)
11. Molly Bee – “He Doesn’t Want You” (Liberty single, 1964)
12. Jeanne Thomas – “Too Good to Be Bad” (New Voice single b-side, 1965)
13. Gerri Thomas – “Look What I Got” (World Artists single, 1965)
14. Piccola Pupa – “Put Two Extra Candles on My Cake” (Warner Bros. single b-side, 1965)
15. Yvonne Prenosilova – “Come On Home” (Pye UK single b-side, 1965)
16. Tina Britt – “The Real Thing” (Eastern single, 1965)
17. Martha & The Vandellas – “Never Leave Your Baby’s Side” (Gordy single b-side, 1966)
18. Julie Grant – “As Long as I Know He’s Mine” (Pye UK single b-side, 1965)
19. Sandra Barry – “You Can Take It from Me” (Pye UK single b-side, 1965)
20. The Essex featuring Anita Humes – “Don’t Fight It Baby” (Roulette single, 1964)
21. Cathy Carroll – “Where the Roses Are Growing” (Rotate single, circa 1964)
22. Connie Haines – “What’s Easy for Two Is Hard for One” (Motown single, 1966)
23. The Marvelettes – “Little Girls Grow Up” (Tamla recording session outtake, 1965)
24. Tracey Dey – “I Won’t Tell” (Amy single, 1964)
25. The Breakaways – “He Doesn’t Love Me” (Pye UK single b-side, 1964)
26. The Royalettes – “It’s a Big Mistake” (MGM single, 1966)
27. Toni Carroll – “Welcome Home Baby” (MGM single, 1965)
28. The Sherry Sisters – “Sailor Boy” (Epic single, 1964)
29. Christine Cooper – “S.O.S. (Heart in Distress)” (Parkway single, 1966)
30. Jackie DeShannon – “So Long Johnny” (Imperial single b-side, 1966)
31. Lesley Gore – “I Just Don’t Know if I Can” (Mercury single b-side, 1966)

A Summer Mix: I Just Want To Be Your Friend

This sweet, sticky summer mix has been in the planning for several weeks now, but it seems appropriate to post it today in honor of International Friendship Day. I Just Want To Be Your Friend started out as just another group of songs from albums gotten recently, but the theme kinda grew out of it after noticing that there was more than one “friend” song in the playlist. The mix has a lot of melodic, happy pop (several of which came from CDs bought at the local Goodwill store) which I grouped together in pairs or threes with similar feels. For instance, the 1982 Soft Rock gem “Don’t Talk” by Larry Lee is paired with a tune by Julian Velard, a current musician whose upbeat style draws heavily from the time when the Atari 2600 was hot.

This was a blast to put together and I hope you enjoy it. Bert and Ernie were a no-brainer to feature on the mix cover. By the way, this and the previous three mixes have been uploaded to SendSpace as permanent files. Feel free to check them all out as well:

The download version below is a continuous mix, done as a single 74-minute file. Enjoy the tuneage!

Download I Just Want To Be Your Friend: Scrubbles.net Summer 2012 Mix (64.5 MB Zip file)

Track listing:
1. Electric Light Orchestra — “Confusion” (Discovery, 1979)
2. The Shins — “Simple Song” (Port Of Morrow, 2012)
3. Sambassadeur — “Days” (European, 2010)
4. The School — “Where Does Your Heart Belong?” (Reading Too Much Into Things Like Everything, 2012)
5. Mayer Hawthorne — “Dreaming” (How Do You Do, 2011)
6. Nick DeCaro — “Getting Mighty Crowded” (Italian Graffiti, 1974)
7. Phyllis Hyman — “This Feeling Must Be Love” (You Know How To Love Me, 1979)
8. Howard Melvin & The Blue Notes — “Where Are All My Friends” (To Be True, 1974)
9. Larry Lee — “Don’t Talk” (Marooned, 1982)
10. Julian Velard — “No Wrong” (Mr. Saturday Night, 2011)
11. Acid House Kings — “Are We Lovers Or Are We Friends?” (Music Sounds Better With You, 2011)
12. The Primitives — “Panic” (Echoes And Rhymes, 2012)
13. Linda Lloyd — “I’m Gonna Love That Guy (Like He’s Never Been Loved Before)” (Columbia single, 1964)
14. Jackie DeShannon — “Oh, Boy!” (Breakin’ It Up With The Beatles On Tour, 1964)
15. The Paris Sisters — “All Through The Night” (Gregmark single b-side, 1961)
16. Elvis Presley — “Guitar Man” (Clambake soundtrack, 1967)
17. Punch — “Peace Of Mind” (Punch, 1969)
18. Liz Damon’s Orient Express — “Walkin’ Backwards Down The Road” (Try A Little Tenderness, 1971)
19. The Brady Bunch — “I Just Want To Be Your Friend” (Meet The Brady Bunch, 1972)
20. Ben Folds — “Learn To Live With What You Are” (Supersunnyspeedgraphic EP, 2003)
21. Diana Lee and Jerry Whitman — “I Might Frighten Her Away” (Lost Horizon soundtrack, 1973)
22/23. Bobbie Gentry – “Jessye’ Lisabeth/Refractions” (The Delta Sweete, 1968)
24. Diana Ross – “When We Grow Up” (Free To Be… You And Me soundtrack, 1972)
25. Pearl Bailey – “Best Of Friends” (The Fox And The Hound soundtrack, 1981)
26. Burt Bacharach – “Where Knowledge Ends, Faith Begins” (early ’70s demo recording for Lost Horizon soundtrack)
27. The Tokens – “Some People Sleep” (Both Sides Now, 1970)