Saturday 17 January 2009

Just because

The Shangri-Las - Give Him A Great Big Kiss


dickvandyke said...

I once said this ...

I would argue - preferably over a beer or 2 - that the finest 'Girl Group' of all time wasn't the all-conquering Supremes, the timeless Ronettes, nor even the life-affirming Spice Girls! No sir, the most shining, yet anguish-laden, heart-wrenching and interesting pop music femmes were those "Tough girls with broken hearts" - The Shangri-Las.

Overarching both the rock n roll and the R&B circuit, four young, yet street-wise white girls from Queens, New York, hit the peak of their popularity 40 odd years ago in the whirlwind that was 1965.

At a time when the music industry was unrecognisable from what it is today, the cat-suited Betty, MaryAnn, Margie and Mary captured the world - whilst handing it a piece of gum .

For an imperious read please see the tremendous "Out In The Streets - The Inside Story Of The Shangri Las" by John J Grecco.

Past, Present & Future was very much in the girls' narrative storytelling, style and arrangement. Far too strong for most radio stations at the time, the undertone and implication is heartfelt and deep. Young girls were just not singing about such things in the hit parade or on the jukebox. Is it autobiographical?

The song "I Can Never Go Home Anymore" has a similar feel and emotional pull ... not to mention 'Leader Of The Pack'.

The music of The Shangri-Las has been widely covered - by artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Blondie, Louise Goffin, Agnetha Faltskog and Twisted Sister!

Perhaps it is the overwhelming passion which is the reason for such disparate interest?

Seek out the music of the Shangri-Las and share the smiles, (Knickerbocker) glory and bittersweet tears.


drew said...

DVD, this is why you should be blogging, there is no way I could have been so eloquent and I agree that they just shave it past the Ronettes as the finest girl group in the world ever.
Shadow Morton vs Phil Spector, now there is a discussion to have over a few beers.

davyh said...

Unfortunately you seem to have called them the Shagri-Las.

I mean, I know you're missus has just had a baby but -

davyh said...

Er...that's 'your missus' obviously. DOH!

drew said...

Thanks Davy, do you think that that was one them there Freudian slips?

davyh said...

Look out! Look out! Look out!

Anonymous said...

There's a nice cover of this by Jonny Thunders & the Heartbreakers.