Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Are You Trying To Get Rid Of Me Baby?

Davy at The Ghost Of Electricity has just posted a great tune by The Crystals called Uptown. Coincidentally I've had a bunch of girl group tunes lined up. They are all lesser known tunes, mostly from the later end of the 60s when the earlier girl groups had been pushed aside by the new 'soul' groups. One of which is The Crystals.

Are You Trying To Get Rid Of Me Baby might be more familiar to some as a tune by Candy And The Kisses. Their version is great, but a lot softer and less dynamic. The Crystals version is bigger and beefier and brassier, verging on the funky in places. It's a huge huge sounding record, all strings and percussion and fantastic brass and massive vocals. And now Davy's reminded me of it I had to share it - hey the girl group posting can wait!

The Crystals - Are You Trying To Get Rid Of Me Baby?


Davy H said...

Who wrote this Simon? It reminds me of late-period Supremes - is it a Holland Dozier Holland??

Simon said...

No, it's an Ashford/Simpson tune so you're pretty close; it is very Motown, (although it wasn't!) isn't it?

Davy H said...


Simon said...

I just love the oomph of it!And there's a little breakdown about halfway through that makes me want to turn it up full blast and open the windows wide!

dickvandyke said...

Cranked it up to 9. Threw open the windows - squirrels gazed, pigeons flew, shed rattled, rain poured on a rusting BBQ.


Tall J said...

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Simon said...

Oh excellent!! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Simon,
I thought that the Candy and the Kisses version was good, but this is as you say so much bigger and beefier. Thanks a lot for this.

ally. said...

cor - top class again mister. the later soulful crystals are indeed a mighty force