Friday, February 25, 2011

Sparky T and the Pervy Undertones

Which would totally be the name of my band if I was a singer in the sixties.

For a long time now I've been meaning to go back through my CD collection and put anything I'd missed out first time round on my iTunes; I was a bit selective when I first started iTunes-ing things years ago, y'see, which led me to miss out some quality tunes. Top of the list was this CD…

…Which I missed out because being an old compilation I thought it would drive iTunes bonkers. That and the fact it's got a shiny cover, which I knew the iTunes 'find cover art' thingy wouldn't be able to find, and then I'd have to scan it in, and it wouldn't scan, so then because I'm incredibly anal about these things I'd have to make my own in PhotoShop.

In order of those events, it didn't drive iTunes bonkers, it didn't find the cover, I did scan it, it didn't come out right, and I did PhotoShop my own.


Anyway, what this whole exercise led to was me remembering how much I love music from the sixties. What I didn't realise until today, as I listened to the album on my iPhone, was how utterly, outrageously, inappropriately pervy some of the lyrics were back then.

Let's take a look. We'll start with 'I'm into Something Good' by Herman's Hermits, which quite frankly has a decidedly saucy title before we even get to the lyrics. What exactly is that something good that you're into, Herman? Do tell.

Herman had an interesting tooth situation going on there, didn't he?


Woke up this mornin' feelin' fine
There's somethin' special on my mind
Last night I met a new girl in the neighbourhood, whoa yeah
Somethin' tells me I'm into something good
I think he means her knickers.

Let's continue:
She's the kind of girl who's not too shy
Oh, a prostitute.

Anyway, this deviant continues on, culminating in the line:

I walked her home and she held my hand
I knew it couldn't be just a one-night stand

Were they even allowed to say 'one-night stand' in the sixties? I thought it was illegal or punishable by death just to say those three words in that order.

Let's move on.

Round round get around
I get around
Yes. Well. I think that one speaks for itself.

Oh look - 'Itchycoo Park' by The Small Faces is a lovely song. Until you listen to the lyrics.

Tell you what I'll do (what will you do?)
I'd like to go there now with you
That's nice! A day trip - how delightful!
You can miss out school (won't that be cool)
School? Um … yeeeeeah … that will be … cool…
Why go to learn the words of fools?
What will we do there?
We'll get high
You're pimping drugs to a minor?
What will we touch there?
We'll touch the sky
He doesn't mean the sky.
But why the tears then?
I'll tell you why

Because it just got very rapey.

Moving swiftly on.

Ah, 'Young Girl' by Gary Puckett and the Union Gap - what a brilliant song!

Young girl, get out of my mind
My love for you is way out of line
Better run girl,
You're much too young girl

I think that latter statement needs defining before we go slinging accusations around.

With all the charms of a woman
You've kept the secret of your youth
Because she's a youth, Gary.
You led me to believe
You're old enough
Oh yeah, blame her.
To give me love
And now it hurts to know the truth, Oh,

Oh indeed.

Beneath your perfume and make-up
You're just a baby in disguise
I don't know about you, but I'm feeling a bit uncomfortable right about now.
And though you know
That it is wrong to be
Alone with me
That come on look is in your eyes, Oh,

No, that's just her eyes glazing over from the rohypnol.

So hurry home to your mama
I'm sure she wonders where you are
Particularly if it's a school night.
Get out of here
Run, girl, RUN!
Before I have the time
To change my mind
'Cause I'm afraid we'll go too far, Oh,
Yeah, I don't think I'm going to touch that one.


Tara said...

Great post! I've heard some of these 60s songs before. That "Young Girl" song has so many suggestions nowadays. That guy needs to be caught on "To Catch a Predator".

The first time I heard 'I'm into Something Good" was when I first saw "The Naked Gun" and they did that scene where Leslie Nielsen falls in love with Priscilla Presley. Therefore, I automatically think of it as a pervy song:

CyberPete said...

Oh my!


Inexplicable DeVice said...

Well! Who whould have thought it? This is exactly why I stick with 70s disco and 80s pop.
Bananarama would never sink to these levels!

Princess said...

Gary Pucket spelled with a "P".. right. Sure that wasn't a typo...

It was the sixties dhaaarling... everyone was shagging! It was the age of the sexual revolution...

Tim said...

Tara - Exactly! You just couldn't get away with these sorts of lyrics these days!!

Cyberpete - I KNOW!

Inexplicable Device - No, because they're plumbing even lower levels of depravity.

Princess - What rhymes with Nantucket? Erm, Pucket?!

CyberPete said...

Don't let work get the better of you.