Thursday, November 05, 2009

Oh Just Wank Me Already, It's Another Early Clue to the New Direction

From 1966, please enjoy The Byrds and "2-4-2 Foxtrot (The Lear Jet Song)," the (let's be frank) concluding throwaway track from Fifth Dimension (my personal fave of their albums nonetheless).





Roger McGuinn (still Jim, at that point) actually taped the sound of a Lear jet on the runaway for the track, and over the years it's apparently been a source of some irritation to him that most people assume it's in fact a vacuum cleaner.

In any case, as always, a coveted PowerPop No-Prize will be awarded the first reader who gleans the track's relevance to the theme of tomorrow's Weekend Listomania.

19 comments:

Nora Charles said...

Songs that don't suck (a vaccuum does but a Learjet doesn't)?

Kid Charlemagne said...

I found that a rather humorous anecdote in the Rogan Byrds bio too.

Peter said...

A more enjoyable track than I remembered - I'd always lumped it with "Captain Soul" and "Hey Joe" in the Byrd-dog Hall of Fame.

Cleveland Bob said...

Songs with flying refernces in them?

BTW Steve, that Fuzztones cover of Cinderella REALLY rocked.

Noam Sane said...

Songs that reference dancing or dances?

Nah, too easy.

steve simels said...

Non, no, no and etc.

And yes, that Fuzztones cover does in fact kick ass.

dave™© said...

Albums featuring Van Dyke Parks?

dave™© said...

Songs with "found sounds" in them?

steve simels said...

dave™© said...
Songs with "found sounds" in them?


Ooh -- I may steal that.

But no.
:-)

geor3ge said...

Songs featuring unusual instrumentation?

Songs whose placement on a record defy explanation?

steve simels said...

Late clue:

The second half of the title is what's relevant.

Maude Lange said...

Are they singing "You're my religion"? When I listened to this song as a mere sprout, I thought it was "You're married, ain't ya?"

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Michael said...

songs about planes

Elroy said...

Songs with modes of transportation in the titles? That sounds like one you would have done already...

danny1959 said...

Songs with the word "song" in the title?

Gummo said...

Songs that reference brand names in the titles or lyrics?

Nigel Tufnel said...

They're singing "Come ride a Lear Jet, baby, come ride a Lear Jet."

Maude Lange said...

They're singing "Come ride a Lear Jet, baby, come ride a Lear Jet."

I like mine better.