Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Southern California Spotlight: The Music Machine - The People In Me/Masculine Intuition

The second to last day of our epic Southern California Spotlight on the Battle of the Garage Bands.

No need for us to rehash the greatness of the Music Machine and the brilliance of Sean Bonniwell. We've talked about them at length. They've been written about at length. 

So let's turn to their second single, released in the first month of 1967, on Original Sound Records. The People In Me was to be the follow up to the bands monster garage number, Talk Talk. The record failed to do much. But it's greatness is evident. Everything here is great. Keith Olsen's bass work, Ron Edgar's bumble bee of a buzz guitar work, Bonniwell's elliptical lyrics.

The flip-side is the brilliant Masculine Intuition. What a b-side. It tells the tale of a love going bad and flips the usual coinage on it's head to give the song a cryptic feel. 

The check's on the table
And the pen's in your hand
And if that makes you happy
Then nothing else can

My mind's on the laundry 
Where you sleep away
If I had the gumption
Then I'd leave you today. 

My favorite part of the song is the bridge at 1:18 where Olsen really pushes the bass line to something special.

Until next time, we'll see you On The Flip-Side!

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