“Musical Fight”: Most Literal Song Title Ever

Musical Fight” by The Crashers is, literally, a fight set to music:

“Musical Fight”     The Crashers     1970

Produced by Sonia Pottinger and released in early 1970, this A-side was initially titled “Target,” with the artist name listed as The Gaytones.  For the first few seconds of the song, you can hear the engineer hold down the tape reel, slowing down the song’s intro – a manual technique known as flanging (and related to the studio trick known as phasing).

Musical Fight 45Reggae & Strings – You’ve Gone Too Far

Syrupy strings would seem to undermine the menacing broken-bottle sound effects in this special mix of “Musical Fight” with spoken intro — a naked bid, perhaps, to use strings as a way to lighten the sound and help pave the way commercially?

A YouTube commenter helpfully points out that The Crashers (a.k.a., Gaytones) were the house band for Sonia Pottinger’s recording studio.