By Jim Fusco:
Tuesday…what a day. Not enough to be mid-week, and not far enough away from the past weekend to let you forget about it. At least Chris got the day off today, so he texted me updates on his (nothing) day every half hour. If only I didn’t only have 200 texts a month…and if only Chris were home every day.
Onto tonight’s video- actually posted before midnight for once!
I told you that you’d get a twin-spin with The Turtles, and here it is. “You Showed Me” is a song I’ve known for most of my 24 years, hearing it on the oldies radio station 102.9 “Big D 103” here in Connecticut. But I got to revisit the song after my family and I got into the Byrds. We listened to every single released (and unreleased, for that matter) Byrds song and loved every minute…except for David Crosby’s “Mind Garden”, my vote for the ABSOLUTE worst song of all time. Go ahead- go search for it and tell me it isn’t. I dare you.
So, how do the Byrds fit in here? Well, we came across this song again on the Byrds “Preflyte” sessions box set, which is awesome, by the way. It’s a collection of all of their songs before they ever recorded their first album with Columbia Records. It’s a great collection, especially because the band wrote most of the songs. The lead singer and songwriter at that time was Gene Clark. He wrote some of the world’s best songs and it’s been a pleasure to cover his songs on multiple occasions here on the best music video blog on the internet!
Gene Clark and Roger McGuinn (Jim at the time) of the Byrds wrote “You Showed Me”. They recorded mutliple versions of this song with the Byrds during the “Preflyte” sessions, but the song never showed up on an official Byrds album. Instead, they gave it (or maybe Columbia gave it- I’ll have to check that out) to The Turtles to turn into a HUGE hit. Well, I’m glad it became a hit either way and it’s just another example of Gene Clark’s amazing songwriting abilities. It makes it all the more sad that he barely ever got recognition for it.
I hope you enjoy tonight’s video, as I gear up for yet another “new” band to the Laptop Sessions on Friday. Which one? Well, let me give you a hint. This man was (and I think may actually be getting back) with one of the most famous “stoner” bands of all time. You know, ridiculously long concerts, etc. Which band? Which man? You’ll just have to wait until Friday to find out! Thankfully we have Chris and Jeff posting their great videos in between to tide us over! See you then.