Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Six Degrees of Separation: The Merseybeats to The Mothers

[Buy The Very Best Of The Merseybeats]

  In 1964 Beatles contemporaries The Merseybeats release "Really Mystified", a B side to the UK #13 hit "Don't Turn Around", from their self-titled album. Elvis Costello and The Attractions record a cover which appears on Imperial Bedroom reissues.

[Get Happy!!]

 Two years earlier, EC and the Attractions drop Get Happy!!, a R and B influenced album Costello with twenty peppy tracks like "Beaten To The Punch". Costello wrote all but two of the tracks. "I Stand Accused" was another Merseybeats cover.

[Get Her Very Best]

The other Get Happy!! cover was the Van McCoy written "Getting Might Crowded", a Top 30 UK hit in 1965  for Betty Everett . Although she recorded the original version of "You're No Good" ( which Linda Ronstadt took to Number One in 1975), her greatest hit was "The Shoop Shoop Song ( It's In His Kiss)"

[Get Merry]

Merry Clayton, best known for her vocals on The Rolling Stones song "Gimme Shelter" but who also sings on Joe Cocker's "Feelin' Alright", Neil Young's first album  and Lynyrd Skynrd's "Sweet Home Alabama", was the first to record "The Shoop Shoop Song". In 1971 she released two albums. Merry Clayton has this Neil Young cover.

5.Little Feat "Dixie Chicken"

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Merry's brother, Sam Clayton has been  a percussionist and vocalist with Little Feat since their third album, 1973's Dixie Chicken. The album cover was designed by Neon Park aka Martin Muller.

6.The Mothers: The Orange County Lumber Truck

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Neon Park is best known for the Weasels Ripped My Flesh album cover for The Mothers Of Invention. Park combined the cover of a Man's Life magazine with an advertisement for an electric shaver. Incidentally, future Little Feat  founder Lowell George played guitar on this album.

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