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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Best Song Ever! Vol. Six: "Then He Kissed Me", By The Crystals

"Well he walked up to me and he asked me if I wanted to dance."

Yeah, I know. Most folks think that us manly men can't get down with the girl groups. Those folks are all totally wrong in every way. How can this be? Because Phil Fuckin' Spector was a goddamn genius! A gun-toting, dance song making, completely insane freak of nature genius.

There will likely be MANY Phil Spector-produced songs on my ever-growing list of "Best Songs Ever". I chose this one because this is the one I was listening to most on my way home from Wisconsin. That, and it is the "Best Song Ever!"

Just one of the many successful girl groups produced by Spector, The Crystals released some of my all-time favorite pop and dance records of all time. The vocals are piercing, memorable, emotional, and fitting of the songs in ways other artists rarely achieved.

Add the classic "Wall of Sound", that ever-present rhythm machine that made Phil Spector (and every record he touched) famous, and you have one killer song! This tune will NEVER fade away into the night and it will always be timeless in every way.

Like many of the pop songs of the day, especially the girl group hits, this was a simple story about teenage love. It is filled with danceable rhythm and has a soulful sound that never fails to deliver. Plus, that opening riff is so good I dare you not to listen to the rest of the song.

Sure, most men of my age MAY have a fondness for the song because of its clever and perfect use of the song in the opening title sequence of the cult classic comedy film, "Adventures in Babysitting". However a bouncing and adorable Elisabeth Shue does not take away from the overall quality of one of the best tunes ever committed to vinyl.

Take a listen to the song. If you've never heard it you'll be dancing and bobbing your head in no time. If you've just forgotten how damn great this record is then enjoy a trip down memory lane. I think you'll ultimately agree that "Then He Kissed Me" is The Best Song Ever!

PSST! For the geeks out there...someday I'll have a little music video of my own featuring this tune and a certain time traveler. Don't wanna spoil it, but if I ever get it created and edited it will make a big splash in the geeky YouTube world. Heh!



Blogger wyn said...

ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING was one of your father's favorite movies. He loved Elizabeth S.


6:06 AM

Blogger golfwidow said...

My first kiss was foisted upon me without my permission and in a totally nonromantic situation, and I wanted to go home and drink a bottle of Listerine. Born in the wrong era, I guess.

6:15 AM

Anonymous LisaBinDaCity said...

Spector is definitely a nut job. An insane, talented nut job though ;-)

4:14 AM

Blogger Bud said...

You certainly have a diverse list there. I do like this Spector produced song. always did. I love to hear what he does even when I think it might be a little over the top. It's fun to see how he fills every possible sound hole. Hmm, does that sound kind of pornish? Will we hear something like that on Real Porn Audio?

4:44 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, that does sound filthy!
"Stuff that in your sound hole an play it!"

7:44 AM

Blogger Jules said...

I dig that Phil Spector sound, but he's creepy to see on TV, all murderous and stuff. One of my favorite Christmas Albums was a Phil Spector album, with all the girl bands doing Christmas tunes. It's a holiday favorite!

10:17 AM


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