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MaryNYS

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Hi all

The song for this week is 409 from Little Deuce Coupe.  It is a snappy and upbeat song about how much TBB love their fine 409.  A great song for Memorial Day Weekend.

Happy Listening!!!
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Lee Marshall

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This song was added to the LDC lp following it's original inclusion on the inaugural release...the Surfin' Safari album.  It was necessary to 'reuse' it as the 'boy's released 2 albums over the course of some 3 weeks back in the fall of 1963 and they really didn't have enough quality songs in 'the vault' to completely and successfully pull it off.  Too bad too as 409 wasn't up to the glorious and energized new audiophile heights which Brian established with his layered  vocals and arrangements on MOST of the LDC album.  AND if he'd waited...maybe another 3 weeks...he could have included the revamped HIT version of Be True to Your School rather than the rather bland lp version.  Why do I say that?  To me those are the 2 'moments' which hold the album back from receiving even greater widespread acclaim and from it being considered a true concept album.

[Reusing Shut Down*, Little Deuce Coupe** and Our Car Club** from Surfin' USA* and then the Surfer Girl** lps likely didn't help the 'cred factor' either but they were better songs and as I bought LDC before albums 2* and 3**...it didn't bug me one iota.]

While an OK to good song...and one of the better tunes on the initial album...409 really wasn't quite good enough for the standards achieved on Little Deuce Coupe.  By the fall of 1963...some 16 months later...it was sounding kind of old.

Musically 'things' progressed a whole lot further and entirely faster back then...and on 2 and then 4 track recording machines...than they do now with all of this techno poop available...and [as it usually turns out] subbing for an obvious lack of talent, lack of imagination and did I mention...?...lack of talent.

[oh...and...these days all of the cars look the bloody same...SO...it ain't just the music which suffers from all that these days lack.]
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Gentizzy

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This song gives me a chuckle, precisely because it's so "basic".
I find it hilarious how Brian and Gary Usher kept the neighbors up in the middle of the night revving up Usher's car (not quite a 409 but close enough) to get just the right sound effects.

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than they do now with all of this techno poop available...and [as it usually turns out] subbing for an obvious lack of talent, lack of imagination and did I mention...?...lack of talent.

[oh...and...these days all of the cars look the bloody same...SO...it ain't just the music which suffers from all that these days lack.]


I am a woman of few words, but I I feel your pain Lee. I find myself wrapped up in the melancholy of it all too often.
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kds

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The first BB car classic.  Good tune. 
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than they do now with all of this techno poop available...and [as it usually turns out] subbing for an obvious lack of talent, lack of imagination and did I mention...?...lack of talent.

[oh...and...these days all of the cars look the bloody same...SO...it ain't just the music which suffers from all that these days lack.]

The cars suck now, the music sucks. What has the world come to? "Musicians" today are lazy, lacking in talent, and full of crap. At least in the pop arena anyway.

Cars used to be an art form, not just a mode of transportation. And now there isn't even a variety of colors!

409 sometimes surprises me with its simplicity. It's a good summer song, but compare that to something from the later sixties! The progress is amazing. Everyone has to start somewhere, even Brian.

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I still brighten when I hear 409. A great sing a long, pick me up song. I too, love the fact of Brian and Gary Usher rev-ing the engine in the Hawthorne night. Like many, I am so tired of Barbara Ann in the encore of Brian's shows. Now perhaps Brian loves Barbara Ann and that is why it is always there. If so, well you go, Brian. But if it is there because it is an audience sing a long song, I humbly suggest occasionally replacing it with 409. Audiences would dig singing along, "She's real fine my 409, she's real fine my 409. My 4-0-9! Gidy up, giddy up 409!" It rocks as much as Barbara Ann. 4-0-9!
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