Simon Says – 1910 Fruitgum Company

Transistor Days: The Winter of ‘68

Episode 51

Episode date - December 11, 2020

How Music Changed

    In physics class, one of the first things I learned was that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. I never fully understood the theorem’s application in the real world, but I did notice it working in pop music.

    Just when I started thinking that pop music was starting to grow up, it took a giant leap in the opposite direction. ‘Bubble-gum’ pop seemingly appeared from nowhere and started to cleave a new direction for the 45 RPM single.

    Gratefully, soul music remained completely inured from the trend, but the great divide between ‘serious’ albums and ‘disposable’ 45s started somewhere around this time, in the Winter of 1968.

    Different Drum – The Stone Poneys

    Tell Mama – Etta James

    Simon Says – 1910 Fruitgum Company

    Spooky – Classics IV

    I Wish It Would Rain – The Temptations

    Nobody But Me – The Human Beinz

    Itchycoo Park – The Small Faces

    She’s a Rainbow – The Rolling Stones

    Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding

    La La Means I Love You – The Delfonics

    Sunshine of Your Love - Cream

    Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) – Kenny Rogers & The First Edition

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