Songs to the Siren

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Happiness Is A Warm Gun

The Beatles

22nd November 1968 (LP)🇬🇧

Writing about the Safari EP by The Breeders reminded me that I had long planned to mention this song for a while. It’s by far my favourite song by The Beatles - the connection with The Breeders is that they did an ok cover on their first LP Pod.


The Gift

The Velvet Underground

30th January 1968🇺🇸 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

The first of two “spoken word” songs, this is the tale of Waldo Jeffers, who misses his girlfriend Marsha after she returns home when school ends. He decides to post himself in a box to see her.

It doesn’t end well for Waldo. “That schmuck.”


We Can Work It Out

The Beatles

3rd December 1965🇬🇧

This song (approximately, at least) marked the transition from the old twee pop Beatles to the much more interesting act that they became.


7 O’Clock News/Silent Night

Simon and Garfunkel

10th October 1966🇺🇸

This version of the early-19th Century Christmas carol is mixed with a simulated news bulletin based on events of 3rd August 1966.

No mention, sadly, of England’s World Cup win only five days previous.