Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Rolling Stones – Get Off of My Cloud

First Hit #1: November 6, 1965 The Rolling Stones’ second number one isn’t quite as electric as their debut, but that’s possibly because it’s not quite as surprising. It’s pretty well working with the same template, a bit of danger … Continue reading

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The Beatles – Yesterday

First Hit #1: October 9, 1965 Here, the first Paul McCartney solo single. It’s interesting that one of the most famous songs the Beatles ever recorded was recorded by one Beatle and a few string accompanists. Which is not a … Continue reading

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The McCoys – Hang on Sloopy

First Hit #1: October 2, 1965 So, I was looking for an appropriate video to attach to this, and I kept finding strange political nonsense. That probably would make sense with Eve of Destruction yesterday, since that was a full … Continue reading

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Barry McGuire – Eve of Destruction

First Hit #1: September 25, 1965 Protest songs need emotion. It’s a simple matter, you need to sell the protest, and sound like you’ve got a vested interest in what happens. So, it’s probably for the best that reportedly the … Continue reading

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The Beatles – Help!

First Hit #1: September 4, 1965 An uptempo ode to crippling depression. This is not a happy song. It sounds like a happy song, it is arranged like a happy song and from all appearances should be a happy song. … Continue reading

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Sonny and Cher – I’ve Got You Babe

First Hit #1: August 14, 1965 For a long time I’ve figured Sonny and Cher were this elaborate joke that, being much younger than the era where they rose to prominence, I just wasn’t equipped with the tools to understand. … Continue reading

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Herman’s Hermits – I’m Henry VIII, I am

First Hit #1: August 7, 1965 Here’s why I don’t like Herman’s Hermits. Part of the reason is that they crammed 30 seconds of song into two minutes. The whole “second verse, same as the first” thing is kind of … Continue reading

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