Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Tag: Gender politics in popular music

45 sides +/- obscure tracks

Jan Rhodes 45 – Undefined Trouble Places Burden On The Listener

The full-page ad placed in Billboard‘s August 17, 1968 issue promised controversy: Bill Gavin, publisher of the influential Gavin Report is on record as saying “Mom (Can I Talk To You?)” by Jan Rhodes should be given airplay. If Gavin were still with us, I would very much like to

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"Drop the Mop"

First “Women’s Liberation” LP

Thanks to William Vernola for recommending the 1991 PBS documentary “mini” series, Making Sense of the Sixties.  At one point in the accompanying soundtrack — during the examination of women’s rights, undoubtedly — I was hooked by the catchy chorus to a song called “Drop the Mop“: [Pssst:  Click the

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"Plain Jane"

“Plain Jane”: Mean People Suck

Recognition due to Lester Bangs for pointing me to one of the more unusual storylines in pop music – B.J. Thomas‘ 1966 single, “Plain Jane“: A dramatic narrative about a serious issue, “Plain Jane” might strike today’s ears as being a bit hokey or kitschy, even though this sort of

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