Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Category: Cover Version Hall of Fame

"Louie Louie"

“Louie Louie”: Languid, Listless

One year after Stu Phillips recorded a spectacularly soporific reading of “Tired of Waiting for You,” The Sandpipers released a similarly sluggish take on the garage rock classic, “Louie Louie” — it, too, makes me laugh: “Louie Louie“ The Sandpipers (1966) 45Cat’s BeatleJohn likewise warns listeners that this recording is

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"Tired Of Waiting For You"

The Most Literal Cover Version Ever

I remember having a good laugh the first time I listened to Stu Phillips‘ ever-so-sleepy arrangement of the Kinks’ classic, “Tired of Waiting for You“: “Tired of Waiting for You” Stu Phillips & the Hollyridge Strings (1965) The original Kinks hit was recorded in late 1964 and released January 1965

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"Spaceship Races"

Battle of the “Spaceship Races”

How interesting that Carole King, the musical part of the Goffin-King songwriting partnership, had been writing hits since the very beginning of the 1960s and yet had not released her first solo album until 1970.  The ad campaign that accompanied King’s debut album – an impressive and endless roll call

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