by George Heymann

More long-lost forgotten songs

by Jon Pompia

This continues a list of the best songs you’ve (likely) never heard, or haven’t in ages, but definitely should track down.

“I’m Down,” The Beatles. It’s hard to say any song of The Fab Four is forgotten, but this one remains a hidden gem. Because it didn’t appear on an official album — only as a B-side to the “Help!” single — “I’m Down” didn’t get the exposure other great Beatles songs did.
Frantic, fun and rocking, this tune became a concert staple short after its 1965 release.

“Magic,” Pilot. An obscure band from Scotland, Pilot nonetheless delivered a home run in this pure pop masterpiece from 1974.
Beatlesque to the core, “Magic” was instantly memorable in all aspects and remains a sweet throwback to the days when music was meant something…even it was something as simple as a heartfelt “ho, ho, ho.”

“Bad Case of Lovin’ You,” Robert Palmer. Although best remembered for the iconic “Addicted to Love,” this future Power Station vocalist made his name long before that with this single guitar riff-driven FM rocker from 1979.
Like all great rock songs, this one is simple, catchy and full of nervous energy.

“Because the Night,” Patti Smith Group. Although Miss Patti is revered  as a legend in most music circles, I’ll be danged if I can name any other song than this one.
Nonetheless, a superior and soulful revamping of the Bruce Springsteen composition put the junkie chic New Yorker on the map and held the airwaves hostage upon its release in 1978.

“Valotte,” Julian Lennon. Imagine trying to launch a music career in the shadow of the greatest to ever play the game. But give Julian credit, he gave it a commendable shot.
This immediate classic from 1984 was so reminiscent of John’s work that more than one listener swore Julian had somehow channeled the spirit of his late father into the studio.
Unfortunately, “Valotte” was so great its success was to be unmatched during Julian’s up-and-down career.
At lease Julian inherited his father’s voice. As for Sean…

“Under the Milky Way,” The Church. I first heard this amazing number in 1988, on an old “120 Minutes” cassette culled from that long-lost MTV program.
And through even a cranky, scratchy Walkman the genius of this Australian band burned brightly. Ethereal, spooky, hypnotic and whatever else you want to call it. Quite possibly one of the top 50 songs of all time.

“Don’t Misunderstand Me,” Rossington Collins Band. Yet another long-lost song the formerly great KILO 94 turned me on to.
Formed in 1979 by former Lynyrd Skynyrd members Gary Rossington and Allen Collins and featuring vocalist Dale Krantz-Rossington, this short-lived group put out one for the ages in this stomper.
A guitar riff that sticks like glue, powerful vocals and a melody you can sing along to make “DMM” a bonafide keeper.

“Birth, School, Work, Death,” The Godfathers. Another vintage blast of fun, brought into the public consciousness by MTV, back when it was a music network.
Played by hard-looking Brits in black suits and ties, this guitar- and drums-heavy number was a cynical look at life in England during the late 80s. Sample:
“I’ve been abused and I’ve been confused
“And I’ve kissed Margaret Thatcher’s shoes.”

“Billy Don’t Be a Hero,” Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods
“Those Were The Days,” Mary Hopkins
“Brand New Key,” Melanie
“Put Your Hand in the Hand,” Ocean
“How Do You Do,” Mouth and McNeil

“Please Come to Boston,” Dave Loggins
“Indiana Wants  Me,” R. Dean Taylor
“The Rapper,” The Jaggerz
“Spiders and Snakes,” JimStafford
“Jeans On,” David Dundas
“Evil Woman,” Crow
“Montego Bay,” Bobby Bloom
“Run, Run, Run,” JoJo Gunne
“Laugh, Laugh,” Beau Brummels
“Kiss You All Over,” Exile
“Jeans On,” David Dundas
“Medicine Man,” Buchanan Brothers
“Timeless Melody,” the Las
“Reap the Wild Wind,” Ultravox
“Gangsters,” The Specials.
No More Heroes,” The Stranglers
“Rain,” The Beatles
“Hallejuiah Man,” Love and Money
“Forever Live and Die,” Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark
“The Promise,” When In Rome
“We Don’t Need This Fascist Groove Thing,” Heaven 17
“Life of Illusion,” Joe Walsh
“Send My Heart,” The Adventures
“The Great Commandment,” Camouflage
“DOA,” Bloodrock

“Isn’t It Time,” The Babys
“Too Rolling Stoned,” Robin Trower
“Rolene,” Moon Martin
“Blue Jeans,” David Dundas
“Baby It’s You,” Smith
“What Do All The People Know,” The Monroes
“Because the Night,” Patti Smith Group
“New Girl Now,” Honeymoon Suite
“This Time I’m In It For Love,” Player

“The Lord’s Prayer,” Sister Janet Mead
“You Sexy Thing,” Hot Chocolate
“Rock On,” David Essex
“It’s  a Heartache,” Bonnie Tyler
“Goodtime Charlie’s Got The Blues,” Danny O’Keefe
“Slow Dancing,” Johnny Rivers
“Love is in the Air,” John Paul Young
“Take My Breath Away,” Rex Smith
“Chevy Van,” Sammy Johns

“Rock Me Gently,” Andy Kim
“Gypsy, Tramps and Thieves,” Cher
“Life is a Rock,” Reunion

“White Bird,” It’s a Beautiful Day
“Dino’s Song,” Quicksilver Messenger Service
“Motortown,” Kane Gang
“The Killing Moon,” Echo and the Bunnymen
“Common Ground,” Rhythm Corps
“Red Blue Jeans,” John Kilzer

“Last Chance” and “Hang On For Your Life,” Shooting Star
“If I’d Been The One,” .38 Special
“Some Like It Hot,” Power Station
“I’m Shakin,” The Blasters
“Whisper to a Scream,” Icicle Works
“Living in Oblivion,” Anything Box
“Mary’s Prayer,” Danny Wilson
“Let’s Go,” Wang Chung
“Inside Out,” Mighty Lemon Drops
“Big in Japan,” Alphaville
“I Won’t Be Home Tonight” and “Fine, Fine Day,” Tony Carey
“Say It Isn’t So,” The Outfield
“If Love Should Go,” Streets
“Close To You,” Maxi Priest
“Stop Crying Your Heart Out,” Oasis
“High and Dry,” Radiohead
“Don’t Disturb This Groove,” The System
“Stay the Night,” Benjamin Orr
“New York Groove,” Ace Frehley
“Don’t Misunderstand Me,” Rossington Collins Band
“Thoughts of a Dying Atheist,” Muse
“Damaged Goods,” Gang of Four
“On The Highway,” Paul Collins Beat
“Love My Way” and “Ghost in You,” Psychedlic Furs
“I Still Want You” and “Don’t Run Wild,” Del Fuegos
“Call To the Heart,” Guiffria
“One Simple Thing,” Stabilizers
“Kayleigh,” Marillion
“Talk Talk,” “It’s My Life” and “LIfe’s What You Make It,” Talk Talk
“Dance Hall Days,” Wang Chung
“We Don’t Talk Anym ore,” Cliff Richard
“Icehouse” and “We Can Get Together,” Icehouse
“When the Lights Go Out,” Naked Eyes
“Salt In My Tears,” Martin Briley
“Shattered Dreams,” Johnny Hates Jazz
“Politics of Dancing,” Re-Flex
“No Promises,” Icehouse

“Favorite Waste of Time”  and “Someday Someway,” Marshall Crenshaw
“People Are Still Having Sex,” LaTour
“West End Girls,” Pet Shop Boys
“Pets,” Porno for Pyros
“Waterfall,” Riverside
“Get Up Get Angry,” The Bzzz

“Anything, Anything,” Dramarama
“The Only One I Know,” Charlatans U.K.
“I’m Afraid of Americans,” David Bowie with Trent Reznor
“Love is Stronger Than Death” and “Dogs of Lust,” The The
“Dirty White Lies,” Jason and the Scorchers
“Lazarus,” Boo Radleys
“When Worlds Collide” and “Generations,” Inspiral Carpets
“Pure Morning” and “Running Up That Hill,” Placebo
“Third Rate Romance,” The Amazing Rythm Aces

“Bad Reputation,” Freedy Johnston
“Shine On,” House of Love
“Pure and Simple,” Lightning Seeds
“Ship of Fools,” World Party

“Bittersweet,” Hoodoo Gurus
“Being Simple” and “Ugly on the Outside,” Judybats
“Laid,” James
“Brick,” Ben Folds Five
“On The Ropes,” The Wonder Stuff
“Crank,” Catherine Wheel
“In the Meantime,” Spacehog
“Stardog Champion,” Mother Love Bone
“Feel the Shake,” Jetboy
“Mama Tequila,” Circus of Power
“Shit List,”L7
“Naveed,” Our Lady Peace
“Walk On Fire,” Little America
“Flavor of the Month,” Posies
“New Thing,” Enuff Z Enuff
“Under The Milky Way” and “Metropolis,” The Church
“Sister Havana,” Urge Overkill
“I Wanna Be Adored” and “Fools Gold,” Stone Roses
“Whoever You Are,” Geggy Tah
“Bound for the Floor,” Local H
“Intact,” Ned’s Atomic Dustbin
“Valerie Loves Me,” Material Issue
“World Class Fad,” Paul Westerberg
“Scooby Snacks,” Fun Lovin’ Criminals
“Drinking in LA,” Bran Van 3000
“Good,” Better Than Ezra
“Everywhere That I’m Not,” Translator
“Novacaine for the Soul,” Eels
“Believe,” Dig
“Addict,” K’s Choice
“Stars,” Hum
“Angry Johnny,” poe
“Talk To You Later,”The Tubes
“Dear God,” XTC
“Million Miles Away,” The Plimsouls
“Sublime,” The Ocean Blue
“Birth, School, Work, Death,”The Godfathers
“Misery,” Soul Asylum
“The Rain,” Crush
“Sunshine Smile,” Adorable
“Three Strange Days,” School of Fish
“Josephina,” Gene Loves Jezebel
“Back for Good,” Take That
“Ah! Leah,” Donnie Iris
“Mama Used to Say,” Junior
“Forget Me Nots,” Patrice Rushen
“Valotte,” Julian Lennon
“Breakup Song,” Greg Kihn Band
“When I’m With You,” Sheriff
“See You In My Dreams,” Giant
“Someday,” Glass Tiger
“Into The Night,” Benny Mardones
“On and On,” Stephen Bishop
“Nothing Ever Happened,” Deer Hunter
“Because,” Dave Clark Five
“Live and Learn,” Joe Public
“Sentimental Lady,” Bob Welch
“Magnet and Steel,” Walter Egan
“Why Can’t ITouch It,” Buzzcocks
“The Candy Song,” Masters of Reality
“Arrow Through Me,” Wings
“A Summer Song,” Chad and Jeremy
“Get With You,” Guy
“I Wonder Why,” Curtis Stigers
“Cuts You Up,” Peter Murphy
“Wasteland,” Mission UK
“Drawer,” Summercamp
“Devil’s Deck,” Coney Catch
“More Than This” and “Love is the Drug,” Roxy Music
“How Much I Feel,” Ambrosia
“State of the Heart,” Rick Springfield
“Holding Back The Years,” Simply Red
“Are We Ourselves,” “Stand or Fall”and  “Red Skies,” The Fixx
“I’ll Be There,” Escape Club
“My Little Empire,” Manic Street Preachers
“I Could Be Good For You,” 707
“Don’t Ever Wanna Lose You,” New England
“Girlfriend,” Matthew Sweet
“Start Choppin,” Dinosaur Jr.
“Got You Where I Want You,” The Flys
“It’s a Shame About Ray,” Lemonheads
“Last to Know,” Del Amitri
“What Do I Know,” “The Flyer” and “On the Loose,” Saga
“I Nearly Lost You,” Screaming Trees
“Nothing Can Stop Us,” St. Etienne
“Getting Away With It,” Electronic
“Groovy Train,” Th e Farm
“No New Tale to Tell,” Love and Rockets
“Space Age Love Song,” Flock of Seagulls
“Der Kommisar,” After the Fire
“Living in a Box,” Living in a Box
“Plowed,” Sponge
“Live is Life,” Opus
“Train in Vain,” Clash
“Cry,” Godley and Creme
“Radio Free Europe,” REM
“I Don’t Like Mondays,” Boomtown Rats
“What Is Love,” Howard Jones
“Love & Pride,” King
“When Your Heart Is Weak,” Cock Robin
“I’ll Be You,” Replacements
“In Between Days,” The Cure
“Games Without Frontiers,” Peter Gabriel
“Don’t Change” and “This Time,” INXS
“Promises, Promises,” Naked Eyes
“In a Big Country,” Big Country
“It’s a Mistake” and “Overkill,” Men At Work
“He Can’t Love You,” Michael Stanley Band
“How Long,” Ace
“Don’t Shed a Tear,” Paul Carrack
“Starry Eyes,” The Records
“No Myth,” Michael Penn
“Taken In,” Mike and the Mechanics
“Cars,” Gary Numan
“Lunatic Fringe,” Red Rider
“Lawyers, Guns and Money,” Warren Zevon
“Time Bomb,” Rancid
“A Little Respect,” Erasure
“Teenage Angst,” Cracker
“When Dolphins Cry,” Live
“Welome to the Terrordome,” Public Enemy
“Precious and Few,” Climax
“My Girl,” Chilliwack
“Tell Her She’s Lovely,” El Chicano
“Fight the Good Fight,” Triumph
“Heard It on the X,” ZZ Top
“When I Need You,” Leo Sayer
“Sweetheart,” Frankie and the Knockouts
“Him,” Rupert Holmes
“One Tin Soldier,” Coven
“Jackie Blue” and “If You Wanna Get to Heaven,” Ozark Mountain Daredevils
“Torn Between Two Lovers,” Mary MacGregor
“At Seventeen,” Janis Ian
‘Brandy,” Looking Glass
“Lotta Love,” Nicolette Larson
“Arizona,” Mark Lindsay
“It Never Rains in California,” Albert Hammond
“Reflections of My Life,” Marmalade
“Goodbye Girl,” David Gates
“Sweetest Truth,” Stereo MCs
“Over the Hillside,” The Blue Nile
“Music Sounds Better With You,” Stardust
“Alone Again Naturally,” Gilbert O’Sullivan
“Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” Crystal Gayle
“Wicked Game,” Chris Isaak
“River of Deceit,” Mad Season
“Albatross” and “Clean My Wounds,” Corrosion of Conformity
“Wild World,” Cat Stevens
“Put Your Hands Up,” Reef
“Backworlds,” Lusk
“Godless,” UPO
“Fall on Me,” REM
“Painted Ladies,” Ian Thomas
“Hold  On,” Ian Gomm
“Games Without Frontiers,” Peter Gabriel
“Sausalito Summernight,” Diesel
“I’ll Drink To You,” Duke Jupiter
“Smalltown Boy,” Bronski Beat
“She Talks In Stereo,” Gary Myrick
“Party Time,” 45 Grave
“Mercy,” Steve Jones
“Year of the Cat,” Al Stewart
“Heart of the Night,” Poco
“Crazy Love,” Poco
“Should I See,” Frozen Ghost
“Teacher Teacher,” Rockpile
“Snap Your Fingers Snap Your Neck,” Prong
“Kingdom Come,” Get It On
“Wichita Lineman” and “By the Time I Get To  Phoenix,” Glen Campbell
“From the Beginning” and “Lucky Man,” Emerson, Lake and Palm er
“Just a Song,” Crosby, Stills and Nash
“Innocent Eyes,” Graham Nash
“Post Toastee,” Tommy Bolin
“Ordinary World,” Duran Duran
“Stand Tall,” Burton Cummings
“Hold Your Head Up,” Argent
“Yellow Pills,” 20-20
“Live in a Northern Town,” Dream Academy
“Stumblin’ In,” Suzie Quatro
“Morning After,” Maureen McGovern
“Gold,” John Stewart
“Leave Me Alone,” Helen Reddy
“Nicole,” Point Blank
“Right on Track,” Breakfast Club
“Something Going On,” Frida
“Midnight Blue,” Lou Gramm
“Couldn’t Get It Right,” Atlanta Rhythm Section
“Infected,” Bad Religion
“Smoke Two Joints,” Toyes
“Turn Up The Radio,” Autograph
“I’m Easy,” Keith Carradine
“Sweet City Woman,” Stampeders
“The Time of Your Life,” Paul Anka
“You’re Only Lonely,” JD Souther
“All By Myself,” Eric Carmen
“Let Your Love Flow,” Bellamy Brothers
“Dream Weaver,” Gary Wright
“Dancing in the Moonlight,” King Harvest
“I Just Wanna Stop,” Gino Vanelli
“I Can Help,” Billy Swan
“Nothing from Nothing,” Billy Preston
“Strange Way,” Firefall
“Bluer Than Blue,” Michael Johnson
“Moonlight Feels Right,” Starbuck
“Steal Away,” Robbie Dupree
“Driver’s Seat,” Sniff and the Tears
“Beautiful Sunday,” Daniel Boone

“Just When I Needed You Most,” Randy VanWarmer
“Shannon,” Henry Gross
“Summer Breeze,” Seals and Crofts
“Music To Watch Girls By,” Al Hirt
“Liar, Liar,” The Castaways
“San Francisco,” Scott McKenzie
“Get Together,” The Youngbloods
“Come and Get It,” Badfinger
“One Toke Over The Line,” Brewer and Shipley

“Classical Gas,” Mason Williams
“Indian Reservation,” Paul Revere and the Raiders
“Love’s Theme,” Barry White and Love Unlimited Orchestra
“Son of My Father,” Chicory Tip
“My Love Goes Where My Rosemary Grows,” Edison Lighthouse
“Lonely Nights” and “Fits You Good,” Bryan Adams
“Una Paloma Blanca,” George Baker Selection
“Magic,” Pilot
“Sky High,” Jigsaw
“The Streak,” Ray Stevens
“Chica Boom,” Daddy Dewdrop
“Golden Brown,” The Stranglers


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2 Responses

  1. EFW says:

    He who smiles in a crisis has found someone to blame

  2. Chuck says:

    If you grew up in the late 60s early 70s I have more to add to this list

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