45s and Other Revolutions: The Last Bit of A-Sides beginning with the letter T.
September 20th, 2019
1 hr 3 mins 38 secs
About this Episode
The Banana Splits [00:23]
a side: "The Tra-La-La Song/That's the Pretty Part of You"
b side: "It's a Good Day for a Parade/The Very First Kid on My Block"
Hannah-Barbera Records 34578 1969
Track 1, Side 1 is indeed that theme song to the soundtrack of my brain. That second track on the a-side is... seemingly nice but also kinda backhanded? Or is it just me? Oddly, this single only just cracked the Hot 100.
The Cuff Links [09:04]
a side: "Tracy"
b side: "Where Did You Go?"
Decca Records 32533 1969
Whaddya know, more bubblegum this time from Staten Island! Featuring Ron Dante, who some may also recognize as the lead singer of The Archies. Peaked at number 9 on the Hot 100.
The Jimmy Castor Bunch [14:13]
a side: "Troglodyte (Cave Man)"
b side: "I Promise to Remember"
RCA Records 48-1029 1972
Ah yes, comedy funk. It funked itself all the way up to #6 on the Hot 100, and number 4 on the R&B charts. And the b-side, a funky rendition of a song Jimmy Castor co-wrote for Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers.
Ronnie Spector [20:26]
a side: "Try Some, Buy Some"
b side: "Tandoori Chicken"
Apple Records 1832 1971
Ok, I'll admit it. I got this for the b-side. You know I love a good food-related song. The a-side was a difficult attempt at a come back, written by George Harrison and co-produced by the Mono Man himself, Phil Spector.
The Sundowners [28:19]
a side: "Turkey Vulture/Tonight Will Be Fine/Punk Rock"
b side: "Goats/Pozor/Tallulah"
Sea Note Records SN-4 1994
You guessed correctly! It's a collaboration between Will Oldham & Bill Callahan, coincidentally released on my birthday in 1994.
Golden Earring [42:33]
a side: "Twilight Zone"
b side: "King Dark"
21 Records T1 103 1982
From the Dutch band that brought us "Radar Love", we have this 1982 chartbuster that I would say is largely forgotten today. Evidently inspired by Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity.
Alvin Cash & the Crawlers [51:45]
a side: "Twine Time"
b side: "The Bump"
Mar-V-Lus 3095 1964
Bumpity bumpity bumpity bump. That was Alvin Cash & the Crawlers bringing us their high quality Northern Soul go-to backed with an excellent Night Train-esque b-side.
The Isley Brothers [56:37]
a side: "Twistin' with Linda"
b side: "You Better Come Home"
Wand 127 1962
Round and around and around and around we go with The Isley Brothers, furthering their Twist and Shout repertoire. Made it to number 54 on the Hot 100.
Music behind the DJ: "Slow Poke" by Lawrence Welk.