Episode #7: ‘Worst Hit Records of the 1960s – Part 1’

Just because a record’s a hit doesn’t mean it’s good. And there are many good records that never achieve chart success. This show focuses on the former: 1960s singles that cracked the top 100 in the U.S. and/or U.K.—in certain cases even topping it—yet which are universally condemned or divide opinions: some people love them, others hate them.

Incorporating several of their own choices with those of listeners, Richard and Erik bravely take a trip through an assortment of Sixties stinkers—ranging from novelty records to artistic blunders—and also recruit the Celebrated Mr. K (Allan Kozinn)  to try figure out what in hell the artists and composers were thinking.

Following are the featured tracks. But this is just the beginning—no way can all of the contenders fit into a single episode…

  • Ray Stevens — Jeremiah Peabody’s Polyunsaturated Quick-Dissolving Fast-Acting Pleasant Tasting Green and Purple Pills
  • Brian Hyland — Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
  • The Trashmen — Surfin’ Bird
  • Jimmy Cross — I Want My Baby Back
  • Freddie and the Dreamers — Do the Freddie
  • Elvis Presley — Do the Clam
  • Mrs. Miller — Downtown/A Lover’s Concerto
  • Sgt. Barry Sadler — The Ballad of the Green Berets
  • Esther and Abi Ofarim — Cinderella Rockefella
  • Senator Bobby — Wild Thing
  • 1910 Fruitgum Company — Simon Says
  • Richard Harris — MacArthur Park
  • Tiny Tim — Tip Toe Thru’ the Tulips With Me

Episode #6: ‘The Beatles – George & Ringo’s White Album’

In this final installment of the STTS ‘White Album’ trilogy, Erik and Richard team up with musician Craig Bartock and musicologist Allan Kozinn to discuss the contributions by The Beatles’ lead guitarist and drummer – as well as what might have been in terms of tracks that didn’t make it onto the album. In so doing, they prove that, between them, the pair would have been capable of creating far more than just an EP!

Once again, Craig doesn’t have a track listing – but the other three do…

Erik

1. It’s All Too Much (long version)

2. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

3. Don’t Pass Me By

4. Savoy Truffle

5. Piggies

6. The Inner Light

7. Dehra Dun

8. Circles

9. Not Guilty

10. Sour Milk Sea

11. Long, Long, Long

12. Only a Northern Song

13. Good Night

14. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Take 1)

Richard

1. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (acoustic & electric)

2. Piggies

3. Long, Long, Long

4. Don’t Pass Me By

5. Savoy Truffle

6. Not Guilty

7. Dehra Dun

8. Sour Milk Sea

9. Circles/Only a Northern Song

10. It’s All Too Much (long version)

11. Good Night

Allan

1. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

2. Piggies

3. Don’t Pass Me By

4. Long, Long, Long

5. Savoy Truffle

6. Circles

7. Only a Northern Song

8. Not Guilty

9. The Inner Light

10. Dehra Dun

11. Sour Milk Sea

12. It’s All Too Much (long version)

13. Good Night

Episode #5: ‘The Profumo Affair – Sex, Lies… and Beatlemania’

Pimps, drug dealers, call girls, kinky orgies involving members of the ruling class, a government minister sharing a mistress with a Russian spy, a suicide… and the Prime Minister’s resignation. This was the scandal that rocked Britain in 1963—along with The Beatles simultaneously providing an alternative form of entertainment.

Among the featured tracks:

‘From Russia with Love’ – Matt Monroe

‘Do You Want to Know a Secret’ – Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas

‘On the Rebound’ – Floyd Cramer

‘Runaway’ – Del Shannon

‘My Bonnie’ – Tony Sheridan & The Beatles

‘You Don’t Know’ – Helen Shapiro

‘Tower of Strength’ – Frankie Vaughan

‘Come Outside’ – Mike Sarne with Wendy Richard

‘Telstar’ – The Tornados

‘All I Do is Dream’ – Mandy Rice-Davies

‘Please Please Me’ – The Beatles

‘Dance On’ – The Shadows

‘Let’s Dance’ – Chris Montez

‘Summer Holiday’ – Cliff Richard

‘The Cruel Sea’ – The Dakotas

‘How Do You Do It’ – Gerry and the Pacemakers

‘From Me to You’ – The Beatles

‘Confessin’ (That I Love You)’ – Frank Ifield

‘(You’re The) Devil in Disguise’ – Elvis Presley

‘She Loves You’ – The Beatles

‘I’ll Get You’ (live) – The Beatles

‘Nothing Has Been Proved’ – Dusty Springfield

PLUS ultra-rare clips of The Beatles performing at London’s Royal Albert Hall and Walthamstow Granada in the spring of 1963.