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45 Sinfully Underplayed Songs of the 60s and 70s

by | 10th, January 2014

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AT a time when even the most obscure vintage track is just a few clicks away, it’s very hard to create a list of “underplayed” songs.  Many recordings swept under the rug have now returned to the light via music blogs, YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, etc.

The list before you is to help insert some new blood into your playlists.  I’m always appreciative of a recommendation, so I figured some of you would be as well.

Note: There’s a tendency in many music lists to impress the rock snobs. Nothing is ever too unknown or clever for them.  I’ve tried to avoid the temptation to plumb the depths of obscurity just to show off.  We’ll keep things off the beaten path, but no so deep as to unleash the Balrog.

  1. 1941 Harry Nilsson
    Autobiographical ditty which got him noticed by the Beatles.  Legendary debauchery by Harry and Mr. Ono soon followed.
  2. 2000 Light Years from Home Rolling Stones –  The Stones shoot for Strawberry Fields and actually nail it.  They’d be moving on to bluesier stuff in a hurry.
  3. A Minah Menina Os Mutantes
    Brazilian psychedelia unbelievably used in a 2008 McDonald’s commercial.  It deserved the attention.
  4. Any Major Dude Steely Dan
    Why this wasn’t a top ten hit will forever be one of history’s greatest mysteries.
  5. Ballad of Danny Bailey Elton John
    With so many hits being churned out by Elton, I suppose this one got trampled and lost underfoot.
  6. Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft The Carpenters
    Much more palatable than the original Klaatu version. Yes, it’s cheesy and insane but that’s not always a bad thing.
  7. Chevy Van Sammy Johns
    Like “Afternoon Delight”, the innocent veneer masks an extremely dirty song (about having sex with a hitchhiker)
  8. Circle Round the Sun B.J. Thomas
    Beautiful, damn near transcendent song that apparently was too good for radio.
  9. Cthlu Thlu Caravan
    Guitar noodling goes on a bit long in the second half, but HP Lovecraft still would be proud.
  10. Daily Nightly The Monkees
    Moog infused psychedelia that, of course, gets no respect because it’s from the Monkees.
  11. Disadvantages of You The Brass Ring
    Elevator music at its finest.
  12. Fundamentally Yours Stackridge
    Sounds more like Badfinger than Badfinger, but you cannot deny it’s a flat-perfect pop melody.
  13. Ghetto Child The Spinners
    May sound silly to those raised on hip-hop, but this is where talent, soul, melody and message come together.
  14. Hard Times Kiss
    The circus often overshadowed their talent for simple quality rock.   One wonders how their music would be viewed had they had just dressed like Foghat.
  15. Hello Little Lover Mahogany Rush
    These Canadians can rock hard.  Great music to exceed speed limits to.
  16. Home Is Where the Hatred Is Esther Williams
    Esther lays it all out on the table.  You’ll be exhausted by the time she’s through with you.
  17. Houdini Said Gilbert O’Sullivan
    Well crafted, creative, melodic… the adjectives keep on coming, yet I can’t put it into a coherent description.
  18. I See the Rain Marmalade
    Hendrix loved the guitars you’ll get no better endorsement than that.
  19. I’m Mandy, Fly Me 10cc
    The band was always wandering off the beaten path; here they take an obvious pop nugget and make it interesting.
  20. In the First Place Remo Four
    From the Wonderwall film; a brilliant instrumental with George Harrison as its creator.
  21. I’ve Got to Be Going Peppermint Trolley Co.
    The group is more known for the original Brady Bunch theme than anything else, which is a crying shame because they could craft some great bubblegum pop.
  22. Ladies and Gentlemen Clouds
    In a perfect world, complex tunes like this go platinum.  Instead, it was lost without a trace, and can’t even be found on Spotify.
  23. Land of the Few Love Sculpture
    If ever there was a song begging to added to a playlist, this is it.  Do it for Dave Edmunds.
  24. Leave It Mike McGear and Paul McCartney
    Silly and nonsensical, but McCartney’s ability to come up with a brilliant melody on a dime is unnerving.
  25. Life Has Just Begun Spirit
    The whole Sardonicus LP is woefully under-appreciated.  The songs were just a bit too odd to become a part of classic rock mainstream.
  26. Lord Grenville Al Stewart
    Transcendental tune about a 17 th century naval captain which circles upwards like cannabis vapors to the Heavens. “Our time is just a point along a line that runs forever with no end.” Heavy, man.
  27. Love Alive Heart
    The ladies

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