Thursday, August 26, 2010

Great Lost Singles of the 60s: No, Seriously, I Mean It -- This One's Great

From 1967, and one of the unfairly unheralded LP masterworks of its day, please enjoy the multi-talented Stephen Friedland, AKA Brute Force, and his intestinal classic "Tapeworm of Love."




"That's mighty fine sitar playing, Mahatma..."

I should add that Mr. Force (as the New York Times would have it) was the songwriter of perhaps my favorite girl group record ever, The Chiffons' 1966 hit "Nobody Knows What's Going On in My Mind But Me," perhaps the last (and only psychedelic) flowering of the genre, and thus deserving of respect from mere mortals like you and I.

10 comments:

Rinjo Njori! said...

This guy sounds like Rodney Anonymous from the Dead Milkmen.

Faze said...

Writing "Nobody Knows What's Going On in My Mind But Me" gets you forgiven for a lot -- even this.

Michael said...

Early inspiration for Stephin Merritt?

steve simels said...

Heh.

FD13NYC said...

Who's got an mp3 of that Chiffon song to send me, missing that one. The Brute Force song is so nutty.

steve simels said...

Frank -- I'm not at my home computer, but next time I am the Chiffons song is yours.

Noodge me if I forget.

TMink said...

I can't wait to get home to download this one. And the vocals do have the wonderful, sneering quality of the Dead Milkmen.

Trey

Anonymous said...

Hilarious and catchy.

Presume he has some connection to Dave Immer also (I wiki'ed Brute Force and there's some Ghostbusters in Stephen Friedland's checkered past.)

AP

steve simels said...

I don't know, but I'll find out...

jerry and sara said...

Steve,
I love this record, found it in '86 or '87 and have covered Brute's Circus Metaphor" on occasion for solo shows in the past 10 years or so.

Jerry