Saturday, March 27, 2010

422- Best of the Girl groups- a lot of girl.

Album: Best of the Girl groups.

Artist: Various Artists.

Year: 1990

Genre: Girl groups.


Disc one.

1 "Leader of the Pack" (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Shadow Morton) Shangri Las
2 "He's So Fine" (Ronnie Mack) Chiffons
3 "Chapel of Love" (Barry, Greenwich, Phil Spector) The Dixie Cups
4 "The Boy from New York City" (George Davis, John T. Taylor) The Ad Libs
5 "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" (Rudy Clark) Betty Everett
6 "Sally Go Round the Roses" (Zell Sanders, Abner Spector) Jaynetts
7 "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) The Shirelles
8 "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" (Morton) Shangri Las
9 "One Fine Day" (Goffin, King) Chiffons
10 "Party Lights" (Claudine Clark) Claudine Clark
11 "People Say" (Barry, Greenwich) The Dixie Cups
12 "He's Got the Power" (Elle Greenwich, Tom Powers) The Exciters
13 "I Can't Stay Mad at You" (Goffin, King) Skeeter Davis
14 "I Wanna Love Him So Bad" (Barry, Elle Greenwich) The Jelly Beans
15 "Dream Baby" (Sonny Bono)[21] Cher
16 "Baby It's You" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David, B. Williams) The Shirelles
17 "Give Him a Great Big Kiss" (Morton) Shangri Las
18 "I Can't Let Go" (Al Gorgoni, Chip Taylor)

Disc Two.

1 "My Boyfriend's Back" (Bob Feldmam, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer) The Angels
2 "Sweet Talkin' Guy" (Elliot Greenberg, Doug Morris) Chiffons
3 "The Loco-Motion" (Goffin, King) Little Eva
4 "A Lover's Concerto" (Sandy Linzer, Denny Randell) The Toys
5 "The Kind of Boy You Can't Forget" (Barry, Greenwich) The Raindrops
6 "You Don't Know" (Barry, Greenwich, Morton)
7 "Chains" (Goffin, King) The Cookies
8 "Popsicles and Icicles" (David Gates) The Murmaids
9 "The One You Can't Have" (Brian Wilson)
10 "Tell Him" (Bert Russell) The Exciters
11 "Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)" (Goffin, King) Cookies
12 "I Met Him on a Sunday" (Doris Coley, Addie Harris, Beverley Lee, Shirley Owens) Shirelles
13 "Wonderful Summer" (Perry Botkin, Jr., Gil Garfield) Robin Ward
14 "It Might as Well Rain Until September" (Goffin, King) Carole King
15 "You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry" (Bob Merrill, Terry Shand) The Caravelles
16 "Easier Said Than Done" (Larry Huff, William Linton) The Essex
17 "I Love How You Love Me" (Larry Kolber, Barry Mann) The Paris Sisters
18 "Johnny Get Angry" (Hal David, Sherman Edwards, Donald Meyer) Joanie Sommers

Things I learnt from listening to 2 hours of girl group music...

  • Tough bikers who lead packs hang out in Candy Stores. (The Leader of the pack)
  • The reason most girl group songs sounds the same is because they were written by either Goffin or King or Barry/Greenwich.
  • Dirty Fingernails makes a guy more of a prize (Give him a great big kiss)
  • Girls are absolutely obsessed with kissing, hand holding and dances.
  • No matter how low a girl is she can always find some friends to make la la la and shoop-de-doo noises behind her while she sings.
  • Boys are frequently bad and unfaithful but girls love them anyway and prefer not to hear anything bad about them.
  • The phrase "Do-lang" only occurs in pop music lyrics 63 times, all of them during He's so Fine by the Chiffons.
  • These songs were designed to be singles and were never meant to be listened to consecutively, two hours is a hell of a lot of girl group music for one person to take.
  • Behaving like "a cave man" is a good way to attract women (Johnny get angry)
  • The Beatles greatly improved Chains and Baby It's you when they covered them.
  • My Boyfriend's back is actually about the return of the singer's lover and not a song of devotion to the bit of him you see when he turns around.
  • Boys in the 1950's still had dueling scars. (The Boy from New York City). Dueling scars? They were fighting duels in 1950's New York?
  • That insanely annoying song by Cher isn't called It's in his kiss it's called The Shoop Shoop song and it's only slightly less irritating in it's original form.
  • I met him on a sunday contains only 48 actual words and yet it took 4 people to write. This means they averaged 12 words each.
  • The only place to have a romantic walk of any kind is on sand. Apparently it's much harder to fall in love on grass, bitumen or any synthetic surface.
  • Many of these groups are one hit wonders who formed, recorded a song and then broke up seconds after it was released. The Caravelles entire career is only slightly longer than their only hit.
  • Carol King must be absolutely loaded. In addition to all her own music she earns royalties whenever anyone buys a copy of The Beatles first album (which has Chains on it) and Kylie Minogue's greatest hits (when she covers The Locomotion) among countless others.
  • Apparently "the saddest thing in the whole wide world" is "to see your baby with another girl". (Sally go round the roses). War victims must find this comforting.
  • The sort of boys who love levis, guitars and baseball are also big fans of popsicles and for some reason icicles. (Popsicles and icicles)
  • I am not a fan of girl band music but I have to appreciate the fact that well crafted pop conveyed an era and has managed to stand the test of time. But I never need to listen to eight hours of it again.

EDIT: I'm an idiot. I wrote this review and completely failed to mention the fact that He's so Fine by the Chiffons is the song that George Harrison is alleged to have ripped off when writing My Sweet Lord. I can't believe I counted all the doo-langs and forgot to register this piece of information. My thanks to Brad who pointed this out in the comments below. For the record I can hear a slight similarity between the two songs but it's a real stretch to say there is plagiarism involved, even inadvertently. Although if My Sweet Lord included a single doo-lang it would be a different story.

Highlight: Leader of the Pack
Lowlight: The Shoop Shoop song

Influenced by: Show Tunes.
Influenced: The Beatles.

Favourite Amazon customer review quote: *sighs* I love this era. I'd be rhetorical of me to say I don't enjoy listening to these girl groups.

-Is that the correct use of the language? Or is that just a rhetorical question?

So is two hours enough girl group for you or about 20 times too much? Let me know below.


  1. Great synopsis David. I'm surprised compilations are allowed in a list of greatest albums, but who am I?
    I was in a candy store the other day, plenty of school girls, but no bikers. After Happy Days, they must have realised hanging out with dorks at hamburger joints was more lucrative, and you could use the the men's toilets as your 'office'. You're right, Carol King must be LOADED.
    You've counted the Do-langs, do you think George ripped off the song or not?

  2. How did I miss that? Thanks for pointing it out Brad. I've amended the post above to talk about George.