45s and Other Revolutions: A-Sides beginning with the letter O.


April 19th, 2019

1 hr 1 min 37 secs

Season 4

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Honey Cone [00:23]
a side: "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (Part I)"
b side: "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (Part II)"
Hot Wax HS 7110 1971
Of course the show is going on when I've got more monkey tunes to spin. Fun fact: lead singer Edna Wright is the sister of Darlene Love. Reached #5 on the R&B charts and #15 on the Hot 100. Another fun fact: Hot Wax was started by the great Holland, Dozier and Holland when they left Motown in 1968.

Murray Head [07:20]
a side: "One Night in Bangkok"
b side: "Merano"
MCA Records PB-13988 1984
The sound of 80s musicals is alive and well in this production from ABBA's Bjorn and Benny teaming up with Tim Rice, featuring Murray Head doing to the spoken word bits. Oh right, it's a musical about Chess... called Chess. The great Frank Rich described the Broadway production thusly: "a suite of temper tantrums, [where] the characters ... yell at one another to rock music".

INXS [19:35]
a side: "The One Thing"
b side: "Phantim of the Opera"
ATCO Records 7-99905 1982
The lead single from their 1982 album Shabooh Shoobah, released in the US in 1983. The b-side is a tongue in cheek reference to yes, the Phantom of the Opera and INXS lead guitarist Tim Farriss.

The Damned [26:15]
a side: "One Way Love"
b side: "Don't Cry Wolf"
Stiff Records BUY 24 1977
A 1981 Re-release of their second single originally release in 1977, this time with the sides flipped around. Interestingly enough, this was produced by Nick Mason after the band originally tried to get the ever reclusive Syd Barrett to produce.

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy [34:39]
a side: "One with the Birds"
b side: "Southside of the World"
Palace Records PR20 1998
The first official release of the newly minted Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, after a brief spell recording and performing as Will Oldham, after a slightly longer spell recording and performing of all the Palace iterations.

Brenton Wood [42:53]
a side: "The Oogum Boogum Song"
b side: "I Like the Way You Love Me"
Double Shot Records 111 1967
Hot stuff and cool stuff from Brenton Wood. This single reached #19 on the R&B charts and #34 on the Hot 100 in 1967. Seems like it should have gone much higher than that if you ask me.

The Marmalade [48:25]
a side: "Otherwise It's Been a Perfect Day"
b side: "I See the Rain"
Epic Records 5-10236 1967
Sorta Kinksian, sort Bacharachian a-side from these Glaswegians. But that flipside! Some excellent psyche pop.

Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart [55:07]
a side: "Out & About"
b side: "My Little Chickadee"
A&M Records 858

Or as they say in Canada, Oot and Aboot. Super singer/songwriters release a bit of their own magic that reached #39 on the Hot 100 in 1967. And the nostalgic b-side sort of sets us up for when we reach Sonny & Cher's 1967 single "Podunk" in a few episodes from now. Fun fact: Jeanie was their drummer, and Phil Spector approves.

"I Dream of Jeanie Closing Theme" by Hugo Montenegro and Buddy Kaye

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