Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

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Category: Sunshine Pop

Nancy & Frank Sinatra’s Trippy 45

Nancy & Frank Sinatra‘s “Life’s a Trippy Thing” from 1970 is the only song title that registers in 45Cat when you keyword search the database using the word “trippy“: “Life’s a Trippy Thing”     Nancy & Frank Sinatra     1970 As Spencer Leigh aptly notes in Frank Sinatra:  An Extraordinary Life: “[At

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Peppermint Trolley: Clavinet ’67

It’s always a thrill when somebody who actually served on the front lines of music history reaches out to help fill in some of the historical gaps.  Just last month, Danny Faragher of the Peppermint Trolley Company chimed in on an earlier NRBQ piece that attempts to identify the earliest

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The Free Design Have Found Love

My son really wishes I would stop playing this song, although his sister readily agrees The Free Design‘s “I Found Love” is an earworm of epic proportions: “I Found Love”     The Free Design     1968 What a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, as there can never be too much love

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The Surf Symphony’s Sole 7-Inch

Who are/were The Surf Symphony — and why just the one Capitol 45? “Night of the Lions”     The Surf Symphony     1969 Wait!  As it turns out, the joke’s on us:   This is a “supercharged” instrumental version of the song “Night of the Lions” from Mark Eric‘s A Midsummer’s Day

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Toussaint’s Danish-Flavoured Pop

Do not understand why so very little has been written about Allen Toussaint‘s 1968 composition “Hands Christianderson,” the instrumental B-side released 47 years ago this very month: “Hands Christianderson”     Allen Toussaint     1968 I hear a bit of Burt Bacharach-style melodicism in the trumpets and backing vocals, though the final product

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“A Bubble Called You”: No Offense, Philly

Just an hour or so up the interstate from Baltimore resides a prominent metropolitan area that was once the “Rodney Dangerfield” of East Coast cities:  Philadelphia.   Somehow in the course of looking for bowling songs, I chanced upon this curious piece of sunshine pop – “A Bubble Called You“ by

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“Major to Minor”: Disharmony in Love

“Major to Minor” by The Settlers is a tuneful slice of sunshine pop with a clever lyric that uses musical terminology as a metaphor for romantic discord: Once I thought, “Life is going my way!” – it was just like a beautiful song. When you came, well I thought you

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“In My Heart I’m a Free Man”: L.A. Sunshine Pop on King

I wish I could say that this slice of 1970 sunshine pop released by King Records was recorded in Cincinnati; however, Michel Ruppli’s 2-volume King discography indicates the recording to have taken place in Los Angeles on May 21, 1970.  Check out the fancy picture sleeve worked up by the

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“Summertime’s Another Name for Love”: Pizzicato in Pop

Chicago’s New Colony Six released seven singles on the Mercury label from 1967-1970. “Summertime’s Another Name for Love,”  from 1968’s Revelations album, sounds like an obvious A-side to me – and yet it ended up being the B-side to “Can’t You See Me Cry.”  I especially enjoy the tantalizingly brief

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“Accroche Toi, Caroline”: Hang Tight, Caravelli Advises

This boss near-instrumental from 1967 simply attributed to “The Paris Studio Group” features a mean harpsichord – something right out of Lurch from The Addams Family: “Accroche Toi, Caroline”     The Paris Studio Group     1967 As NME informs us:  “Main title theme as used on Tony Hart`s UK TV

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