Tuesday, November 4, 2008

- Ten Glorious Moments from the ‘60s

Something a little different for post #200. These are ten very cool clips from the 1960s, available in ‘watch now’ format or, by clicking on the name of the artist and song title, yours to keep forever. In order to generate bickering in the comments section, let’s say that the ordering from 10 to 1 is definitive and can’t be argued with:

Sneaking in at that ever popular #10 spot we have Glen Campbell, whose biggest hits came in 1968 and 1969 were with evocative songs written by Jimmy Webb: "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", "Where's The Playground Susie?", "Galveston" and "Wichita Lineman." He was nowhere near as squeaky clean as this polished performance suggests:

At that all-important #9 spot we have Aretha Franklin with, quite frankly, a much too fast for my liking rendition of "Respect":

At #8 is the simply gorgeous Petula Clark with "Downtown". Failure to love this could result in serious punishment:

Bobbie Gentry only at #7?’ I here you rant. You have a point, especially after watching this bizarre yet fabulously ‘60s-esque clip of "Ode to Billie Joe":

#6 sees the Welsh legend Tom Jones belting out "Delilah", bring back black and white I say:

Elvis Presley ranks a lowly #5 with the epic "If I can dream", despite the 1968 comeback special being the greatest TV event ever (yes, the moon landing was a fake and doesn’t count):

At #4, Dusty Springfield is left alone in the spotlight to kind of dance around on her own for a bit, to great effect, while crooning "I only want to be with you":

Right up the with the best of them at #3 are the Moody Blues and "Go now":

Just missing out on top spot is the greatest of all TV chefs Isaac Hayes with a very compact version of "Walk on by". If you can’t make it black and white, have the brightest colours visible to the human eye:

At #1 we have the cool as a cucumber that’s been at the back of the fridge where it gets a bit frosty Nancy Sinatra with "These boots were made for walking". Caution: there really are a lot of women in boots in this clip, you have been warned:

Complaints, links to better videos and death threats belwo, please...


Peewit said...

I've been a lurker on your site for some time now but this is the first time I've been moved to comment! I have just watched all ten videos back to back and completely changed my plan for the evening! I would have had Pet Clark further up and probably relegated the Moody Blues out of the top ten (I've never liked Go Now) But otherwise a brilliant choice and a pleaseant evening wasted in your company!

entrailicus said...

You've made my day Peewit, you really have. Much too much time spent watching the videos myself when I should have been putting the post together! Glad they met with your approval.

dickvandyke said...

This is a joy to behold old lad.
You do the work so we don't have to. I cracked a can or 2 and even turned the football off for this.

Arguing would be churlish, but I would move for some Kinks n early Stones .. and a Whiter Shade of Hurricane Smith with a Dancing Bear down Strawberry Fields with Semi-Detached Suburban Mr Jones on a Pleasant Valley Sunday Walk(ing) On By A House Of The Rising Albatross with Two Little Boys and a Pretty Woman meself.

Thanks mate.

entrailicus said...

You're more than welcome and thanks for practically forming volume 2 for me with your suggestiions.

So It Goes said...

Top vids. Top post. Adam...top guy.

Jim said...

Erm, don't take this the wrong way but the person to whom your site is dedicated is surely spinning like a top :-) No Beefheart, Incredible String Band, Velvet Underground, Pink Floyd etc etc?

entrailicus said...

Don2t worry Jim, all those and a lot more will be coming in volumes 2, 3 and 4 and however long I decide to keep this going.

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