Monday, June 30, 2008

Canadians Behaving Badly

Okay, they are Canadian, but this is a great song anyway. From 1972, it's The Wackers and "I Hardly Know Her Name," the lead off track from their Gary Usher-produced power pop masterpiece Hot Wacks.



Seriously, this is one of the great founding artifacts of the genre. The best cut is an astounding and quite gorgeous version of John Lennon's post-Beatles "Oh My Love," done up so much like an Abbey Road track that it's been bootlegged for years as a genuine Fab four outtake. But almost everything else on the album is that good. Get yourself over to Amazon and order it now, for heaven's sake.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, it's not hard to figure out how Gary Usher came to work with this band--this track is a near carbon copy of "Have You Seen Her Face", a brilliant Chris Hillman-penned track from the Byrds' "Younger Than Yesterday," produced by, of course, Gary Usher.

Mike said...

What a track. I first heard of it in an old Mojo article by Will Birch, listing his own ultimate power pop tape mix. I had a blast finding all the tracks and putting them together.

Home Taping: Power Pop

dave™© said...

I am quite familiar with the Wackers - lead Wack Bob Segarini was from Stockton, California, near where I spent my adolescence... the local AM rocker, which had an absolutely brilliant music director who broke a lot of songs that later went on to national success, gave them a good amount of airplay at the time...