Okay kids, prepare to have your tiny minds blown. And this is not hyperbole.
From 1981 and a frighteningly brief demo session at CBS studios in New York City, please enjoy genuine underground power pop legend David Grahame and the remarkable on countless levels gem that is "If You Think You Need Me."
A little biographical data: David was one of the original McCartneys in the first Broadway production of Beatlemania (Marshall Crenshaw was one of the Lennons); a few years later he was a member of The Mix, a Small Faces-ish combo who made one great under-distributed album which should have been huge. In 1991, he co-wrote the infernal Mr. Big hit "To Be With You," which has presumably been paying his rent ever since.
"If You Think You Need Me" itself is, in my humble opinion, one of the most flawless Brit Invasion/power pop/Beatles/Hollies/Big Star/Shoes/Rundgren-inspired concoctions every heard by sentient mammalian ears, for a number of reasons beyond the obvious hookiness and cool guitars. For starters, you'll note that it has two (count 'em -- two!) different bridge sections, which is structurally brilliant (and when the second one comes in, at approximately the 1:40 second mark, the effect is almost chemical.) For another thing, the first verse lyric "Simple words cannot express/my delight when you undress" just might be the funniest and most profound line in the history of Western Literature, let alone pop music.
Credit where credit is due: David is singing and playing everything on the track save for almost inaudible rhythm guitar (by me) and the fabulous drums (my old chum Glen "Bob" Allen.)
I should also add that the CBS A&R guy who authorized the session was the late Paul Atkinson, guitarist for The Zombies. In fact, while we were working on the song he showed up briefly at the studio (tennis racket in hand, on the way to a weekend in the Hamptons) and I will not mince words -- I almost lost it, in a fanboy "I'm not worthy" sense. Meeting him was actually one of the great thrills of my adult life.