Wonder & Mystery: The Best of the Lovin’ Spoonful

What hasn’t been written about Lovin’ Spoonful?

Quite a lot apparently, The Best of the Lovin’ Spoonful record was next out of the box of Mystery and Wonder. I see this LP and I think, ok this is good, I think that this will be well worth my time to listen. It won’t be the traumatic letdown that say The Lettermen were.

I was wrong.

Way wrong.

Lovin’ Spoonful was (is?) fan-f’ing-tastic!

I had No Idea what some of their songs were, I mean I had an idea but No Idea. Clueless. They were together such a short time and had such a meteoric rise I can’t help but think that they were one of the bands that influenced Tom Hanks’ That Thing You Do.

Do You Believe in Magic?

You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice

Daydream

And of course: Summer in the City

Not a level of clueless that would shock and offend old cranky people. For instance, some years ago a young girl that I knew heard the song “Jack and Diane” by Standard Issue Indiana Rock Star John Mellencamp. Her response was something to the effect of, “He ripped off Jessica Simpson!” She was referring to Simpson’s pre-chewed bubble gum under a fast food restaurant bubble gum single “I Think I’m in Love with You.” I of course, as many people have had to do this sort of thing, corrected her. Thus. Maybe. Not exactly knowing Lovin’ Spoonful and their songs were IS being clueless..

All of that said and it was a bunch of words…

Why have Lovin’ Spoonful faded into obscurity, into the long empty Hall of Fame of Awesome Forgotten Shit?

But they haven’t, not at all and maybe that is the crime?

They were featured in the show Mad Men, inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame when the Rock Hall still had it’s collective head up it’s collective ass.

Let us pause and reflect on that phrase a moment, “collective ass.”

The world’s worst Collective Soul cover band.

Or.

A guy (me) disparaging Mellencamp in a review of a band’s greatest hits collection when Mellencamp was the inductor of said band into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.

I digress.Lovin’ Spoonful or Lovin Spoinful as my fat fingers keep typing on my iPhone are getting inducted into my own personal Rock n Roll Hal of Fame right now.

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