“Love Is Only Sleeping”: 7/4 Time Can Be Catchy

22 Words has a fun piece that identifies 6 prominent pieces of pop propelled by unusual time signatures, the most famous likely being Pink Floyd’s “Money,” whose opening bass line is played in 7/4 time.

I’m always surprised when the topic of The Monkees comes up in conversation, and I get the blank stare from fellow music fanatics at the mention of “Love Is Only Sleeping.”   How can so many people not know that great opening guitar riff?   In 7/4 time, no less:

“Love Is Only Sleeping”     The Monkees     1967

Interesting to see how many YouTube audio clips there are of “Love Is Only Sleeping” as recorded by The Monkees – at least twenty, almost certainly more – but all of them with relatively low viewership numbers (in the hundreds and low thousands).  Clearly, there are still vast stretches of the world’s population that appear to be wholly unfamiliar with this classic Barry Mann-Cynthia Weil composition.

Wikipedia reports that “Love Is Only Sleeping” was only added belatedly to groundbreaking 1967 album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd. when the song was pulled as the A-side of a single – its title deemed too risque, purportedly.  “Daydream Believer” ended up as the new A-side, with “Goin’ Down” (ironically) being chosen for the flip side.  Thus, you can try in vain, but Googling the phrase “Love Is Only Sleeping” will yield no images whatsoever of the forbidden 45.  As with Johnny Cash’s “Five Minutes to Live,” we are left with the overwhelming heartbreak of an obvious A-side forever in search of a good home.

news items From Monkees Monthly, UK publication

Monkees UK Press IMonkees UK Press IIIn 1967, Portugal’s citizens, curiously, were blessed to have the opportunity to purchase a 4-song EP with “Love Is Only Sleeping” as the A-side, as it were —

Love Is Only Sleeping EPVarious web sources assert pioneering synthesist, Micky Dolenz, as having played Moog on “Love Is Only Sleeping” – in addition to pop masterpiece, “Daily Nightly” – while iTunes states Mike Nesmith as producer of this once-banned A-side.