This subject came up during Tuesday's appearance on the Intertube radio show, but it occurred to me at the time that this may be the most under-developed pop music genre ever.
I mean, I can only come up with two obvious examples.
The first -- from late 1965(!), is of course The Chiffons and the quite remarkable "Nobody Knows What's Goin' On (In My Mind But Me)."
And the second -- from the spring of 1971, would be the post-Diana Ross incarnation of The Supremes with the sublime "Nathan Jones."
I should also add that the original version of the Chiffons hit, by the song's composer Brute Force...
...which apparently was in fact released to an uncomprehending public in 1968, is pretty fricking confounding.
I should also also add that Bananarama , who as I get older I become more and more convinced may have been the greatest thing in the history of Western Civ...
...did a pretty terrific cover of "Nathan Jones" in 1988.