This languid and forlorn Bryan Ferry composition remained a B-side for 20 years or so until included in a remastered CD mix of Avalon. “Always Unknowing” was also included on 1983 Warner Brothers B-sides and rarities compilation album, Attack of the Killer B’s.
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
Were Stu Phillips and The Sandpipers part of a mid-60s “torp pop” trend?
What’s in a Name?
The Sandpipers, whose 1966 debut A&M 45, “Guantanamera” was a Top 10 smash, had unknowingly appropriated the same name as a trio of Pensacola, Florida girls who enjoyed musical backing from a young Duane & Gregg Allman (as The Allman Joys) when they auditioned for Columbia in 1965 with Bob Dylan’s producer, Bob Johnston. Spectropop has the back story – with photos.
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“:
The original Kinks hit was recorded in late 1964 and released January 1965 in the UK (one month later in the US). Stu Phillips, interestingly, arranged and recorded his version just three months later on May 21st. I am struck by the dichotomy between the swiftness of his response and the torpor of his results:
“Tired of Waiting for You” Stu Phillips & the Hollyridge Strings 1965
“Tired of Waiting for You” — an LP-only track from 1965 album Feels Like Lovin’ — would enjoy a new audience of “space-age bachelor pad” enthusiasts when included on 1997 compilation, On The Rocks – Part One, part of Capitol’s “Ultra Lounge” CD series.
This “torp pop” approach will be re-examined in Zero to 180’s next piece on The Sandpipers.
Could this sort of “languid pop” have set the stage for future indie subgenre, “slowcore“?