In 1972 a crack Dell Rat unit
was sent to prison by the
Unific Court of Love for a
crime they didn't commit...
(DEATH BY DISCO).
These men promptly escaped
from a maximum security
stockade to the York, PA
underground. Today, still
wanted by the government,
they survive as soldiers
of soul and revivers of
rock ‘n roll.
If you have a problem
(with hip hop divas and gangsta rap)...
if no one else can help
and if you can find them
maybe you can hire...
and THE RAIDERS
Paul Revere & the Raiders enjoyed a long ride in popularity across the USA and at the Dell. Four Raiders records made my list of the 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell: "Just Like Me" (#163), "Hungry" (#141), "Good Thing" (#130), and "Kicks" (#70). I love to present seldom heard gems and "Undecided Man," the killer bee on the back of "Good Thing," is an interesting yet neglected recording that some think could have performed well as the A side of a single. It's an experimental opus that sounds very much like the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby." Please listen to the decidedly different "Undecided Man."
"Undecided Man" - Paul Revere and the Raiders
(January 1967, uncharted B side of "Good Thing")
When the Raiders moved into a sunshine pop phase some tuned out but I turned on and tuned in.
"Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon," one of my favorites by the band during that period, climbed the chart in the spring of 1969 on its way to a top 20 finish.
"Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon" - Paul Revere and the Raiders
(April 1969, highest chart position #18)
The Raiders impressed me with their adaptability through the changing times. The Pac NW band transitioned from straight-
forward rock 'n roll to sunshine pop, psychedelic, hard rock and message music.
"Mr. Sun" was taken from the Raiders' album Hard 'N' Heavy (with Marshmallow). The band's follow-up single, "Let Me," was extracted from Alias Pink Puzz. "Let Me" went top 20 on the chart and brings back fond memories of spring term 1969 at Penn State.
"Let Me" - Paul Revere and the Raiders (July 1969,
highest chart position #20)
That was a great performance clip. If you dig the song and have time to take a longer ride, I'd like to offer you more
of a good thing...the full length album version that includes
a groovy instrumental bridge. Will you let me?
"Let Me" - Paul Revere and the Raiders (July 1969,
album track from Alias Pink Puzz)
By the time Paul Revere and the Raiders released their critically acclaimed but poor selling Collage album in 1970, Mark Lindsay was already pursuing a solo career and he and Paul Revere were the only original band members remaining. In an effort to change their image from that of an AM radio pop singles act to an FM friendly album rock band, Paul's peeps changed their name to The Raiders and produced a bolder sound. "Just Seventeen," a single release from the album, barely made a dent in the Hot 100, indicative of
the album's commercial failure.
"Just Seventeen" - The Raiders (February 1970,
highest chart position #82)
Only two things you done
need to know, fool...
Ain't Hannibal or nobody else
gonna get me up in no
AIR - O - PLANE!!! .....
and the D-Team plays
the best music!
THE NEW COLONY SIX
Like their 60s contemporaries Paul Revere and the Raiders, the New Colony Six appeared on stage and on album covers dressed in Colonial uniforms. The Colony, as the official web page refers to the Chicago garage band, was "famous for ballads of love, sorrow, and joy." The biggest career chart hits for the New Colony Six are two of the most enchanting pop recordings to come out of the late 60s. In the spring of 1968 "I Will Always Think About You" mounted a substantial 13 week chart campaign but somehow only made it to #22.
"I Will Always Think About You" - New Colony Six
(May 1968, highest chart position #22)
Early the following year the Colony ran another one up the flag pole and this time more saluted. "Things I'd Like to Say" logged a hefty 16 weeks on the chart and reached its pinnacle in the top 20.
"Things I'd Like to Say" - New Colony Six
(March 1969, highest chart position #16)
and THE UNION GAP
To maintain uniformity in this post, let's hear now from the Union Gap, a group of guys who sported Union Army Civil War uniforms as a visual gimmick. Featuring the buttery baritone of lead vocalist Gary Puckett, the Union Gap was one of the most commercial, listenable, and successful soft rock groups of the late 60s. The Union Gap fired the opening salvo at the end of 1967 with "Woman, Woman," a song that began its chart run the week before Thanksgiving and played heavily on AM Radio through most of the following winter.
"Woman, Woman" - Gary Puckett and the Union Gap
(February 1968, highest chart position #4)
In January of 1967 the Ed Sullivan censors demanded that Rolling Stone Mick Jagger change the lyrics of his popular song from "let's spend the night together" to the Pat Boonish "let's spend some time together." What a difference a year makes! In March of 1968 "Young Girl" by the Union Gap began rocketing up the chart on its way to reaching #2 on Billboard and #1 on Cash Box. With its provocative lyrics, "Young Girl" could have been the theme song for Stanley Kubrick's Lolita. Moreover the record was released along with a promotional film that resembled the opening scenes of a vintage porno! Did society become that much more tolerant in one year's time, or were mothers and church ladies more receptive to the cuddly looking, velvet voiced Gary Puckett than they
were to the rough-and-tumble Jaggernaut?
"Young Girl" - Gary Puckett and the Union Gap
(May 1968, highest chart position #2)
Gary's gang capped off 1968 with their fourth top 10 hit, "Over You." The power ballad combined strong lyrics, a fresh and interesting arrangement, and another commanding vocal performance by Puckett. Call it a guilty pleasure but I never get tired of listening to Gary Puckett & the Union Gap!
"Over You" - Gary Puckett and the Union Gap
(November 1968, highest chart position #7)
Don't miss the next thrill-packed episode
of The D-Team, coming soon!
I love it
Have a Shady day!