Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Thursday Essay Question: The Lovin' Spoonful's "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice"

Power pop: Yea or nay?

I have a reason for asking.

The Lovin' Spoonful - You Didn't Have To Be So Nice .mp3
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It has something to do with the foreword I'm writing to a certain book by a certain blogger I know, in case you were wondering.

The song, of course, is from late 1965, which means -- historically -- that it's a little ahead of its time, genre wise.

So where do I come down on the question? Hmm. Let's see.

Gloriously melodic? Check.

Angelic harmonies? Check.

Great guitar riff? Check.

The drummer is totally kicking it? Check.

Yep -- it's power pop.