Post by HEN HAWKADAY II on Mar 1, 2021 20:52:42 GMT
Just sold Underwater Moonlight, actually - couple of good songs but not really a classic to my mind. This one's pretty good but I'd rather open the door to a bouquet than to the postman, as Oliver Reed famously said
i think this is probably the tie of the final and the hardest to vote on. B is right up my street and reminds me a lot of 'baker man' by moon's train. my only criticism is that the vocals tend to grate.
LIKE DAVE says, A is a power-pop classic. short, sweet and full of jangly goodness.
A is pleasant retro rock, clearly better than a Petty, but still a little too on the tasteful and sedate side.
It can't help but appear a little conventional when placed next to B. B is apparently from Argentina, although Mel Williams doesn't sound very Argentinian, perhaps he's one of the Welsh Patagonian lot. Anyway it offers exactly what I want from an obscure psych single - bursts of delirium, lots of mindbending distortion and a mentalist singer. The fact that it's missed the boat by a good three years (it came out in 1970)adds to its idiosyncratic charm somehow. A real find.. B
A is nice, not quite as good as a top-notch Tom Petty song from that period, but enjoyable nonetheless. I guess you didn't want to pick a more obvious cut from UM, hey A. Oh well. B is a whole lotta fun, and the right kind of obscuro pick, so gets my vote.
I tried to find something about Mel Williams and that Argentina connection, but only found an obituary about a Costa del Sol resort entertainer with the same name, go figure. Anyways, B is nice, even good in a preposterous way, but no way I'm going to vote for that against a track like A that hits all the right buttons, including being new to me (why this escaped my then active and working radar? no idea but I'm going to listen to the album later today)
Hmm, A initially irritated me with it's Beatley tones, but it's got a lot of charm to it, it's kinda proto-indie-jangle with a nod to the past that's irritating but has some lovely little quirks. Bonus points for using the word carapace to bounce the cadence along. Infectious.
B is pretty horrible, really clunky with a shockingly bad vocal. Really needs a good burst of deoderant, and that singer should be kicked full in the face.