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JAN & DEAN => DON'T YOU JUST KNOW IT => Topic started by: jdman on April 19, 2011, 07:43:00 PM

Title: Top 5 songs that should have been hits
Post by: jdman on April 19, 2011, 07:43:00 PM
I was thinking of the top 5 Jan & Dean songs that were not hits but should've been. Here's my list:

5) White Tennis Sneakers
4) Surfin Wild
3) Mighty GTO
2) Horace
1) I Can't Wait to Love You ( would have been a great follow up to I Found A Girl)
Title: Re: Top 5 songs that should have been hits
Post by: 2dean2 on April 19, 2011, 09:00:23 PM
I would add 3 Window Coupe to that. Since it's sister songs were both hits. SC and Hey Little Cobra. And  Barons WLA and Old ladies seldom power shift were as good as most of the day , Just missing that hook that other instrumentals  had.
Title: Re: Top 5 songs that should have been hits
Post by: jdman on April 20, 2011, 04:37:54 AM
I like that 2Dean2. I didn't think about the instrumentals. B Gas Rickshaw is the best to me. Definitely could have been a hit( along with the ones you mentioned). But what would people have said.lol Jan & Dean were vocalist to the public. That would have confused most people if one of those songs was a hit. Can you imagine Jan & Dean on Dick Clark performing an instrumental? I guess they would have just skateboarded around the stage.lol
Title: Re: Top 5 songs that should have been hits
Post by: 2dean2 on April 20, 2011, 07:47:21 AM
Maybe they could of faked playing their instruments , like The Chanteys did on The Lawrence Welk Show. Its on YOUTUBE Pipeline's the song . No One is plugged in.  :o
Makes me wonder if they were a real band.
You know it may have changed music history if they did go on AB with "The Wrecking Crew" and said "These are the guy's behind our sound and Spectors and the BB'S......"

Title: Re: Top 5 songs that should have been hits
Post by: maryw7 on April 20, 2011, 05:03:15 PM
That's cute conjecture about "fake" instrumentals!!

hmmmmmm   My favorite songs that should have been hits....

I LOVE their version of "Rhythm of the Rain" (soooo very much)
AND "Detroit City"  "My Favorite Dream"  "Hang on Sloopy"  "It's Such a Good Night for Dreaming"  (past 5)
"Whole Lotta Lovin' "
Title: Re: Top 5 songs that should have been hits
Post by: The Surfer Joe on April 20, 2011, 05:56:46 PM
Just from the 1960's or do some later ( non record ) songs allowed ?
I'll Go for it anyway-
"Ocean Park Angel"
"Just one of those Days"
31 flavors ( although not really a song, more as a "Jingle"
"Save for a rainy Day Theme"
"California Lullaby"
"Like a summer Rain"-- both versions ( great backing tracks on "Silver Summer" )
Title: Re: Top 5 songs that should have been hits
Post by: Admin on April 20, 2011, 07:37:44 PM
I was thinking of the top 5 Jan & Dean songs that were not hits but should've been. Here's my list:

5) White Tennis Sneakers
4) Surfin Wild
3) Mighty GTO
2) Horace
1) I Can't Wait to Love You ( would have been a great follow up to I Found A Girl)

Well, a song had to be released as a single in order to achieve "hit" status . . . apart from an album's chart position (or lack of position).

For example, "Surfin' Wild" and "Horace" were never released as singles. So we'll never know whether they would have achieved hit status.

Just a clarifier . . . for those who may think every song on your list bombed on the charts.
Title: Re: Top 5 songs that should have been hits
Post by: 2dean2 on April 20, 2011, 08:17:49 PM
Yeah they nailed Detroit City. As good as Bobby Bares hit version.
Title: Re: Top 5 songs that should have been hits
Post by: Admin on April 20, 2011, 08:27:27 PM
Yeah they nailed Detroit City. As good as Bobby Bares hit version.

Yeah, there are some good covers on the Surf City LP.
Title: Re: Top 5 songs that should have been hits
Post by: Salzburg Surf Scene on April 21, 2011, 01:10:01 AM
Interestinng question! I certainly think three of the songs mentioned so far - Surfin Wild, Can't Wait to Love You, Whole Lotta Loving - could have been been successful singles. Surfin Wild could have redefined popular conceptions of surf music - a great raw, garage number.

I'd also add:
Waimea Bay (great production)
Soul City (groundbreaking track - at first it feels a bit like a filler, but as it goes on you realise its absolutely revolutionary dance track)
The Battle of Strawberry Fields (mentioned it on another thread - just love that song!)
Title: Re: Top 5 songs that should have been hits
Post by: surferbee on April 21, 2011, 02:43:05 AM
In the early seventies a British music paper did a survey of the top ten favourite Jan and Dean tracks. Stupidly I don't have a copy but the only non single in the top ten (compiled from readers; votes) was Bucket T. By the way Dead Man's Curve was number 1. So Bucket T has to be up there.
Title: Re: Top 5 songs that should have been hits
Post by: jdman on April 21, 2011, 01:24:08 PM
That's right Mark. This is just fun. No limits as far as the song being released as a single or not. But I understand what you are saying.
Title: Re: Top 5 songs that should have been hits
Post by: owen on April 26, 2011, 02:17:17 AM
Here's my five (which are not that different from everyone else's):

1. Three Window Coupe (definitely should have been a single)
2. Bucket T
3. Easy As 1 2 3
4. Ocean Park Angel
5. Summer Means Fun

and bubbling under at number 6... Like A Summer Rain (the Silver Summer version)

Cheers
Owen
Title: Re: Top 5 songs that should have been hits
Post by: Ban n Bean on April 30, 2011, 10:43:05 AM
In the early seventies a British music paper did a survey of the top ten favourite Jan and Dean tracks. Stupidly I don't have a copy but the only non single in the top ten (compiled from readers; votes) was Bucket T. By the way Dead Man's Curve was number 1. So Bucket T has to be up there.

Probably helped in the UK by The Who's cover of the song.
Title: Re: Top 5 songs that should have been hits
Post by: Ban n Bean on April 30, 2011, 10:46:20 AM
Yeah they nailed Detroit City. As good as Bobby Bares hit version.

Yeah, there are some good covers on the Surf City LP.

Definitely a fun album:  "I Left My Heart in San Francisco", "You've Come A Long Way From St. Louis" (Sting Rays and Caddies!)
Title: Re: Top 5 songs that should have been hits
Post by: jdman on April 30, 2011, 07:55:10 PM
You Came a Long Way from St Louis is the best cover on that album, in my opinion. I love that song. Jan & Dean did a great job with it.
Title: Re: Top 5 songs that should have been hits
Post by: Salzburg Surf Scene on May 01, 2011, 08:32:20 AM
Yeah they nailed Detroit City. As good as Bobby Bares hit version.

Yeah, there are some good covers on the Surf City LP.

Definitely a fun album:  "I Left My Heart in San Francisco", "You've Come A Long Way From St. Louis" (Sting Rays and Caddies!)

Agree 100%. Thing is, most of the covers on Surf City (except for Manhatten) I first heard on that LP. So, for me, the lyric SHOULD be "Sting Rays and Caddies".

This has prompted me to listen to a few other versions of "You've Come A Long Way From St. Louis" on Youtube today, and what really strikes me is how modern/contemporary the J&D version is compared to other recordings, some of which are excellent on their own way, but do sound dated. It reminded me just how experimental and groundbreaking Jan's productions were even on the less known tracks.
Title: Re: Top 5 songs that should have been hits
Post by: Admin on May 01, 2011, 11:10:45 PM

Tasty brass and woodwind arrangements by Jan.
Title: Re: Top 5 songs that should have been hits
Post by: surferbee on May 02, 2011, 01:29:13 AM
And great drumming too. The rhythm section across this album is brilliant and stands it apart. Fantastic production.
Title: Re: Top 5 songs that should have been hits
Post by: ripplewine on May 08, 2011, 07:56:14 PM
I agree with all these choices--Surfin' Wild and Waimea Bay have always been favorites of mine.  The drumming and rhythm tracks are a particular strong point on all of Jan & Dean's '60s songs. 

I wonder what would have happened chart-wise had they decided to release The New Girl In School and Dead Man's Curve as separate singles instead of pairing them together on one record?
Title: Re: Top 5 songs that should have been hits
Post by: maryw7 on May 15, 2011, 09:38:05 PM
So good to see Ripplewine on here again....

During my wonderful trip to South Carolina and Virginia....i listened to many of my records and actually found ANOTHER favorite!!, which i must admit I hadn't ever listened to much...and now I LOVE "Sunshine Music" from "Gotta Take That One Last Ride" album (not the great DVD)...."Sunshine Music" is SOOOO GOOD!!!!!!  :)
Title: Re: Top 5 songs that should have been hits
Post by: 11bees on May 18, 2011, 08:28:12 PM
It's as Easy as 1,2,3
Rockin Little Roadster
Surf Route 101
Summer Means Fun
A Surfers Dream
Title: Re: Top 5 songs that should have been hits
Post by: 2dean2 on May 22, 2011, 07:22:51 PM
I was listening to some J&D today [found my ipod] And when I heard this I thought this song should have been re released in the 70's when that 50's nostalgia was going strong . Had a great guitar intro. And would've brought back memories of American Bandstand.
The song Philadelphia Pa .