Monthly Archives: April 2017


Hello gang! 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 … Read more