“Musical Fight”: Most Literal Song Title

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 “flange” of the tape reel, slowing down the song’s intro — a manual technique known as tape flanging.

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?

“Musical Fight” — with strings

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

“Barbara’s Boy”: Song Premise Invalidated By Modern Science

The Four Tops took a turn for the topical on their 1969 Motown LP, Soul Spin, an album that included this very tuneful track – “Barbara’s Boy” – about the psychological impact of uncertainty over paternity issues in the wake of a failed romantic entanglement:

Barbara’s Boy”     The Four Tops     1969

There’s an interesting moment around the 2:24 mark where the song changes key twice in quick succession — by the sound of it I can’t help but wonder if the tape engineer might have manually sped up the master tape to achieve that effect.  Am I just hearing things?

Barbara's Boy - The Four Tops

“Barbara’s Boy” was a hit in both Benelux (Cash Box‘s March 28, 1970 edition) and Belgium (according to Cash Box‘s May 2, 1970 edition), as well as the Netherlands (Cash Box‘s May 16, 1970 edition).