Boys Can Be Mean

Boys Can Be Mean

     
 
Plucked almost entirely from the pinnacle years of the girl group era, 1963-1965, the fantastic two-disc collection Boys Can Be Mean assembles more than 30 gems into one nonstop haven of lovestruck harmonies, teenage lament, and melodramatic melodies. Red Bird/Blue Cat Records artists like Evie Sands, the

Overview

Plucked almost entirely from the pinnacle years of the girl group era, 1963-1965, the fantastic two-disc collection Boys Can Be Mean assembles more than 30 gems into one nonstop haven of lovestruck harmonies, teenage lament, and melodramatic melodies. Red Bird/Blue Cat Records artists like Evie Sands, the Shangri-Las, and the Jelly Beans offer the most easily recognizable submissions here, though even their selections aren't the most well-known hits they have to offer. The true strength of this collection comes from the deeper cuts, many having seen their widest distribution before this comp on the original 45s. Right out of the gate, Betty Everett sets the tone with her Northern soul-tinged groover "Gettin' Mighty Crowded," followed later by her equally crushing "I Can't Hear You." Bessie Banks, known primarily for her original hit with "Go Now," shows up with the slinky B-side "It Sounds Like My Baby," while the Dixie-Cups' "Little Bell" serves as a ghostly tangential afterthought to their mega-hit "Chapel of Love." Different sides to groups that made names for themselves on the strength of two or three hits are mixed up with oddball forgotten amazements like the barely cognizant "Bad Motorcycle" by the Angelos or buried gems like the antagonistically cheery "Happy Town" by Kelli & the Kittens. The inclusion of a few one-off wonders such as Leola & the Lovejoys reconfiguring "Wade in the Water" into a wrong-side-of-the-tracks heartbreak story and the Society Girls' completely dumbfounding anthem against doin' your lady wrong entitled "S.P.C.L.G. (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Little Girls)" makes Boys Can Be Mean a fully rounded necessity for any girl group enthusiast. Never sacrificing the quality of the material for obscurity, this compilation hits the mark on almost every track, and shines brightly as a consistently interesting and revisitable collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2012
Label:
Snapper Uk
UPC:
0803415266524
catalogNumber:
665
Rank:
200238

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Gettin' Mighty Crowded
  2. Ain't That Love
  3. Take Me for a Little While
  4. On the Corner
  5. A Spanish Boy
  6. Backfield in Motion
  7. Sophisticated Boom Boom
  8. Money (That's What I Want)
  9. I Should Have Treated You Right
  10. Operator
  11. My Heartbreak
  12. Nobody's Girl
  13. Puppet
  14. Little Bell
  15. I Wonder
  16. Love You More Than Yesterday
  17. I Know You'll Be There
  18. Second Best
  19. Welcome to My Heart
  20. Memory Lane Without You
  21. Do Wah Diddy
  22. People Say
  23. Another Boy Like Mine
  24. No Guy
  25. Stop
  26. The Things I Do for You
  27. Sing a Song
  28. That's What You Gotta Do
  29. Bad Motorcycle
  30. Boys Can Be Mean

Disc 2

  1. S.P.C.L.G. (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Little Girls)
  2. I Can't Hear You
  3. Deeper
  4. Just Like Taking Candy from a Baby
  5. Gee Baby Gee
  6. Here She Comes
  7. I'm Just a Down Home Girl
  8. Letter Full of Tears
  9. Payin' for the Wrong I've Done
  10. He Passes By
  11. How I Wish You Came
  12. Jealous Eyes
  13. You've Got Me Uptight
  14. Right Now and Not Later
  15. I'm Gonna Get You Yet
  16. Duchess of Earl
  17. Wait 'Round the Corner
  18. Happy Town
  19. The Kind of Boy You Can't Forget
  20. Lost Summer Love
  21. The Dum Dum Ditty
  22. Try the Worryin' Way
  23. It Sounds Like My Baby
  24. If There's Anything Else You Want (Let Me Know)
  25. Just as Long as I Live
  26. What Am I Gonna Do with You, Hey Baby
  27. You Hit Me Like TNT
  28. Please Don't Go
  29. A Lover's Plea
  30. Golden Records

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