Saturday, March 27, 2010


Psychelic Lolllipop

“(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet”

Went to #5 in 1967

1966 Mono release on  Mercury valued at approximately $40 in near mint condition 

Back in 2007 I wrote a  story for ELLERY QUEEN MYSTERY MAGAZINE  featuring a young woman named Session Seabolt who owns a vintage vinyl record shop.  I’m now working on something new with Session.

For this new story I’m having fun with one of the asides about the workings of the shop.  The clerks put up different trivia boards for the enjoyment of the customers (and to spark some spirited debates).  And naturally I have to research some of this trivia (also known as getting totally sidetracked for hours).  One is called the 40 Board where a theme or word is posted and customers contribute to a list of songs with that word or concept in the title or the lyrics.

 We used to play a made-up game like this when I was a teenager.  One person would say a word and the others would shout out as many songs as they could think of in a minute flat.   If a song was challenged the person who said it would have to sing a few bars.  It usually devolved into laughing fits so I’m not sure anyone ever actually won the game.

 I thought we could give this a try right here. We’ll be slackers and only go for 25.  The only rule is that the song has to be classic rock, which for these purposes we’ll define as a rock song recorded between 1950-1990  (when vinyl ruled).

 The above album by the Blues Magoos, a late 60s blues-rock band, inspired today’s theme, which is BLUE–any classic rock song with BLUE in the title or the lyrics.

 See if you can help me get the list up to 25.  I’ll supply the first five and you contribute as many as you can think of in your comments.   I’ll compile them and report back.  No googling or Ituning!  

1. BEHIND BLUE EYES, The Who, 1971

2. JACKIE BLUE, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, 1975

3. SUITE; JUDY BLUES EYES, Crosby, Stills & Nash, 1969

4.  BLUE SUEDE SHOES, Carl Perkins  (and, of course, later Elvis)

 5. TINY DANCER, Elton John, Ah….a very young Elton John in this vid,  (“BLUE jean baby, LA lady, seamstress for the band….”


                                  OKAY, YOU GO NOW!!!


  1. Blue Velvet? Can't remember who did it, or anything else about it, for that matter!

  2. Did Bobby Vinton do Blue Velvet?

  3. Yes, he did! She wore Blue Velvet....bluer than velvet was the night. Good one!

  4. Blue Jay Way - the Beatles, Blue - Joni Mitchell.

  5. Song Sung Blue....Neil Diamond. (everybody knows one!)

  6. "Blue, navy, blue,
    I'm as blue as I can be.
    'Cause my steady boy said "Ship Ahoy"
    and joined the Na-a-vy."

    by Diane. . . Rene' (or something like that)

  7. I'd Rather Be Blue Over You (Than Happy With Somebody Else) by Barbra Streisand: Funny Girl, 1968 ; Prince of Tides, 1990?

  8. Bob Dylan, Tangled up in Blue
    Bob Dylan, It's all over now, Baby Blue
    Joni Mitchell, Blue
    Rolling Stones, Blue Turns to Grey
    Styx, Blue Collar Man
    Linda Ronstadt, Blue Bayou
    Crystal Gayle, Brown Eyes Blue
    Melissa Manchester, Midnight Blue
    Peter Paul & Mary, Blue

  9. Obscurities...

    "bells are ringing through the town again,
    Children look up, all they hear is sky-blue bells ringing"
    REM "Driver 8"

    "Blue girls come in every size Some are wise and some otherwise they got pretty blue eyes..." Genesis, "Ripples"

    "almost heaven, West Virginia, Blue Ride Mountains..." John Denver, "Country Roads"

  10. “On the back of a carton coaster in the blue TV screen light I drew a map of Canada” Joni Mitchell ‘’Case of You”

    Deep Blue Something “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (Not quite classic rock but if we expand to Cole Porter & Louis Hartz you'd be overwhelmed)

  11. More obscurities:

    "Fading everything to black and blue" Counting Crows

    "Blue Sky," Allman Brothers

    "Devil with the blue dress" Mitch Ryder

    "Sugar magnolia, ringing that bluebell,
    caught up in sunlight, come on out singing
    I'll walk you in the sunshine, come on honey,
    come along with me." Greatful Dead

    "Put on my blue suede shoes" Walking in Memphis Marc Cohen (sp???)

  12. This should make my tally 25:

    "Well, say that you'll be true and never leave me blue, Susie Q" Credence Clear Water Revival

    "I bet you wonderin' how I knew
    'bout your planes to make me blue" Heard it Through the Grapevine

    "I go crazy, crazy, baby, I go crazy
    ...I feel like the color blue" Aerosmith, Crazy

    "I had skin like leather and the diamond-hard look of a cobra / I was born blue and weathered but I burst just like a supernova" Springsteen, Hard to be a Saint in the City

    "Hey vibes man, hey jazz man, play me your serenade
    Any deeper blue and you're playin' in your grave" Springsteen, New York City Seranade

    Baby Blue, George Strait

    "The west is the best
    Get here, and we'll do the rest
    The blue bus is callin' us
    The blue bus is callin' us
    Driver, where you taken' us" The Doors, "The End"

    "The night were dark and the sky were blue, down the alleyway a house wagon flew / Hit a bump and somebody screamed, you should've heard what I'd seen
    Who do you love?" George Thorogood