Sunday, May 22, 2011

"I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better"

OK, more 60's: This '65 Gene Clark composition was THE first tune by The Byrds written by one of its members to actually be profitable. Inspired by a girl he met at Ciro's in West Hollywood. A mordant view of breaking off their relationship. The guitar line takes after The Searchers' '64 "Needles And Pins". Trademark early Byrds sound with McGuinn's jingle-jangle Rickenbacker-12, Clark's tambourine and McGuinn's, Clark's and Crosby's angelic harmonies. Covered by Tom Petty in '89. Peaked at #103 and is ranked #234 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.

Yesterday's answer: "Catch A Wave/Sidewalk Surfin' ". From Jeff Bluml: "With global warming they'll soon be the same song."

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