Nov 092010

Let’s review the ground rules here. The Mystery Date song is not necessarily something I believe to be good. So feel free to rip it or praise it. Rather the song is something of interest due to the artist, influences, time period… Your job is to decipher as much as you can about the artist without research. Who do you think it is? Or, Who do you think it sounds like? When do you think it was recorded? Etc…

If you know who it is, don’t spoil it for the rest. Anyone who knows it can play the “mockcarr option.” (And I’ve got a hunch that one of you knows this one.) This option is for those of you who just can’t hold your tongue and must let everyone know just how in-the-know you are by calling it. So if you know who it is and want everyone else to know that you know, email Mr. Moderator at mrmoderator [at] rocktownhall [dot] com. If correct we will post how brilliant you are in the Comments section.

The real test of strength though is to guess as close as possible without knowing. Ready, steady, go!

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  27 Responses to “Mystery Date”

  1. BigSteve

    How about those timbales? Weird.

  2. Very weird, indeed. And Mad props to our first Townsman to have taken the “mockcarr option.”

  3. Townspeeps, is there a shortage of stones today? I’m curious to hear what mockcarr himself thinks – no, feels – about this one.

  4. misterioso

    Great song. Big fan of…those guys.

  5. Wow, I’m surprised two Townspeople are demonstrating knowledge of this specific artist! You people are smart; the rest of you…well, we’ll see what you’re bringing today.

  6. sammymaudlin

    Have no idea who but sounds like something on a Nuggets collection. So my final answer is “obscure 60s Nuggets-type band”. Who’s my date?!

  7. hrrundivbakshi

    No idea who this is, but I’m gonna say:

    – recorded in 1971
    – the band is Dutch, or from some other weird little Euro country
    – the band features a slightly washed-up, once-iconic/now-nichey guitar player like Mike Patto or Blondie Chaplin

  8. I was going to say the first half of 1968, somewhere from the mid west.

  9. You’ve got the release date about right, but no dice, as far as I know, regarding your other guesses. I can see, however, why you would think those things.

  10. Hey, it turns out that you’re not too far off on #3! I didn’t realize one of the key band members’ backgrounds. He plays on an obscuro ’60s album I love!

  11. misterioso

    I love the suggestion that they are Dutch. They should be Dutch, it’s true. Though they are not.

  12. Sounds like the singer from the Hollies!

  13. Yeah, until I looked it up to see whether the Dutch thing was right I always figured these guys were British.

  14. mockcarr

    I like it fine, but I haven’t a clue. The production (apart from the tweedly nature of the guitar is ok with me). I would have pegged it about 1970.

  15. ladymisskirroyale

    I also thought Dutch, a la Shocking Blue. This requires more digging and thinking.

  16. ladymisskirroyale

    That guitar sound – very Guess Who.

  17. Yes, I was thinking of the Guess Who, too. I was going to SUMMON Townsman Northvancoveman, Team Canada’s coach in the World Cup of Rock ‘n Roll, to see if he’d made that connection. But it’s not them or anyone involved with them, as far as I know.

  18. jeangray

    Stumped! I can hear some “echoes” of other artists, but no concrete guesses a-going on.

    It’s really straddling that decade divide with that 60’s guitar sound vs. the 70’s style engineering. Too nicely recorded to be a Nuggets cut?

    The Dutch thang had me thinking off Golden Earring.

  19. YES, re: your “straddling” comment!

  20. The reveal should come before lunchtime.

  21. misterioso

    Can I give a hint?

  22. Provided that Townspeople who figure out the band based on your hint contact me directly, using the mockcarr option, sure!

    I’ll reveal in about 30 minutes!

  23. misterioso

    The band is named after a character from a popular, if now obscure, TV cartoon from the late 50s/early 60s.

  24. BigSteve

    This has nothing to do with the Mystery Date, but these posts appear with a different time and date stamp in Latest Comments. Here in the thread misterioso’s comment says 11/10/2010 at 11:28 am, but in Latest Comments it says 11/09/2010 @ 1:29 pm. Weird.

  25. misterioso

    BigSteve, it’s just that I’ve always been a little bit ahead of my time.

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