Welcome to the Big Dig! This is DJ Ignatz, delivering some treasures Iâ€™ve found lurking in KSPCâ€™s miraculous vinyl libraryâ€¦
First up, a song from Final Countdown, a compilation of garage mod groups.
The track I was most drawn to was The Crawdaddysâ€™ â€œWhy Donâ€™t You Smile Now.â€
Itâ€™s a rough and simple pop groove–sort of feels like itâ€™s correcting itself throughout, but it keeps up a totally perfect momentum from start to finish.
Well no wonder! Turns out the song wasnâ€™t a Crawdaddysâ€™ original, but can be traced back to 1965. The composer credits to â€œWhy Donâ€™t You Smile Nowâ€ contain what may very well be the most promising 8 letter combination you can find on any record sleeve anywhere : â€œReed/Cale.â€
Well okay, the songâ€™s credits actually read â€œPhillips â€“ Vance â€“ Reed â€“ Cale,â€ but however you throw it, â€œWhy Donâ€™t You Smile Nowâ€ is the first known collaboration of our dear friends Louie Reed and Johnny Cale, performed originally by The All Night Workers. And when the Crawdaddys recorded it in 1980, it was released as a B-side to their cover of â€œThere She Goes Again.â€ OK Crawdaddys, we get it, enough VU already*.
*Never enough VU. Thatâ€™s a completely absurd concept!
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