When girl-pop kings Mick Patrick and Malcolm Baumgart compiled their first Here Come the Girls: British Girl Singers of the Sixties series, I don’t think they envisioned it ending up with a 17-year-old New Yorker and changing her life forever. But for me, Here Come the Girls was transformative. I remember hearing a cut off the compilation by Maxine Darren called “How Can I Hide It From My Heart?” and feeling completely overwhelmed by the melodies, that giddy, teenage voice, and Mitch Murray’s stompy, extreme production. It was the moment I broke up with current indie rock and became a faithful and devoted follower of 60s girl-pop.
When it came time to put together my new compilation, HONEYBEAT: Groovy 60s Girl-Pop, I thought about the uninitiated—whether age 17 or 67—and hoped HONEYBEAT might serve as a gateway into 60s girl-pop heaven, much like Here Come the Girls had been for me. The What Four’s girl-garage classic “I’m Gonna Destroy That Boy” and Skeeter Davis’ country-pop hit “I Can’t Stay Mad At You,” written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, are sure to win over the girl-pop novice. And for the girl group aficionados around the world, I’ve dug up some of my favorite over-looked A-sides, forgotten B-sides and the most gorgeous unreleased Goffin and King song by Cookies’ founding member Dorothy Jones, left lurking in the Sony archives. My goal with HONEYBEAT is to turn people onto the magical girl group sound that has brought so much richness and joy to my life since first stumbling up Here Come the Girls so many moons ago. I hope you’ll check it out!
HONEYBEAT: Groovy 60s Girl-Pop is out on Real Gone Music / Sony Legacy on April 21st.
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