Friday, July 22, 2005

The Outsiders - And Now You Want My Sympathy

First, let me start by saying that I think "Time Won't Let Me" is a great song, horns and all. It's that breed of mid 60's pop rock, along with things like "Kind of A Drag", that must have made the radio all the more enjoyable at the time. And if today's oldies radio is gonna boil The Outsiders down to a single song, "Time Won't Let Me" is a fine representative.

Amazingly though, The Outsiders had their garage punk side, also. It wasn't on display, at least on record, very often but it was there. "And Now You Want My Sympathy" is probably the finest example of The Outsiders at their punky best.

The theme is a common one, as boy tells off girl. The song consists of a tough, repeated guitar riff and lead singer, Sonny Geraci's best attempt at snotty vocals. He's no Sean Bonniwell, but not bad at all for the guy who'd go on to sing "Precious and Few". After a couple of verses, the song slams head on into a great guitar break, with backward effects. For me, it's one of the things that really makes the song.

The record itself is a bit tougher to find than the usual Outsiders single. I got lucky and found a copy at Salvation Army, complete with beautiful picure sleeve, cost: 49 cents.

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