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Australia by The Kinks (from Arthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire, Reprise, 1969)

One of my fave records by my one of my fave bands. This just never sounds old to me. And it’s absolutely shocking that this record peaked in the US charts at #105 and never charted in the UK. Wha…?!?!?!?!?

 

Circle Sky by The Monkees (from Head, Colgems, 1968)

There was a band from Boston called Circle Sky. I wonder if they had a song called The Monkees? There was, however, a band from Chicago called Green, who had an EP called R.E.M. after the band R.E.M. put out a record called Green.

 

Black Widow by Chantal Claret (from The One, The Only…, The End, 2012)

I would classify Ms. Claret (if that really is her name) as a sort of punky Barbara Streisand. “I’m all verklempt. I’ll give you a topic: The Human League was neither human nor a league. Discuss.”

 

Workaday World by Jack Beaver (from Music for TV Dinners, Scamp, 1997)

This pluckily plucked and effervescent diapason is a longtime favorite of Only A Game listeners. Those familiarly flighty and frivolous figures make it easy to imagine oneself as a 1950′s supermarket stock boy, the Chief Seamstress of a successful pre-Elvis drapery business or just a staff member of NPR’s only sports program.