The Grannys

The Grammy Awards are tonight. Here and here are some reasons why you shouldn’t care.
Yes, every awards show screws up from time to time – Dances With Wolves over Goodfellas, anyone? – but the Recording Academy is in a class of its own. Here’s what beat “Good Vibrations” and “Eleanor Rigby” for “Best Rock & Roll Recording” in 1966, and I dare you to listen to the whole thing. (I made it about 2 minutes.)


Do you still think the sixties were cool?
Damian P.

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8 thoughts on “The Grannys

  1. Wikipedia says that The New Vaudeville Band won in 1967, not 1966, and it was with their song “Winchester Cathedral”. If you only listed to the first two minutes, the song you heard was “Peek-a-boo” – skip to around 2:53 for Winchester Cathedral.

  2. Peek-a-boo and Winchester Cathedral are both pretty bad.
    It’s interesting that out of all the songs mentioned, including those by the Beatles, Good Vibrations holds up by far the best. The Beach Boys had come a long way from doing covers of Dick Dale and Jan and Dean. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbcxIkYu0j0 (And notice how lame the video is.)

  3. Damian: “Do you still think the sixties were cool?” Well, yes: Beach Boys, Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Animals, Marvin Gaye, the white discovery of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Albert King, Willie Dixon et al. and on and on and on–plus, gasp, The Four Seasons.
    Bruce: I don’t think the BBs covered Jan and Dean-not sure about Dick Dale. But they certainly made a niche a victory for SoCal culture world-wide:

    Fun, Fun, Fun (the best) while we tried to Get Around.
    Mark
    Ottawa

  4. At least they were not rap ‘artists’, of which there were waaaay too many tonight.
    How about the first 20 rows of spectators..were they just cardboard cutouts of real people or elderly executives?

  5. Jan and Dean songs covered by the Beach Boys include Surf City, Dead Man’s Curve, and The Little Old Lady from Pasadena. Before the Beach Boys started sounding like Jan and Dean they were an opening act for Dick Dale. Two of their covers that come to mind are Miserlou and Let’s Go Trippin’.
    Beach Boys covers sound better than the originals by Jan and Dean and Dick Dale. They were a tighter band and better musicians.

  6. I didn’t notice the first time you posted it, but isn’t that Kate Smith introducing the NVB?
    Sure it’s crap, but it’s seems like a hundred years ago now. Which makes me wonder how dreadful recent Grammys will look in forty years. If you ask me, though, it’s the MTV Video Awards which will be the truly dated time capsules.

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