Friday, September 01, 2006
The Sundowners - "Dear Undecided"
A happy holiday weekend to everyone! Today, I thought that I'd write about a great pop single. You know, the kind with an irresistible hook, that you might spin several times in a row. And since The Sundowners have been a recent topic of discussion over at the Psychotic Reactions forum at garagepunk.com (see link on this page), there's not been a better time to blog "Dear Undecided". I found this record way over a year ago and though I've filed it several times, it always finds its way right back on my turntable. That's about the best testimonial that I can give a record.
I don't know a lot about The Sundowners, except that they released at least three singles and an album for Decca in 1968. They also probably hailed from California, since they got to appear on an episode of The Flying Nun and also the Robert Wagner spy drama, It Takes A Thief. It was on that program that they lip synched to today's record.
"Dear Undecided" was written by band member, Domenic DeMurri. It could loosely be called garage pop and even has a bit of a mod sound. It's tuneful, with guitars, lots of good drumming and background vocals galore. And the hook is just incredible. Lyrically, the song is about a guy who's willing to wait for a girl's current relationship to washout before he gets his chance.
I've seen "Dear Undecided" described as Beatles influenced and I suppose that's true. I also think it sounds like The Sundowners had listened to a lot of Who singles. Anyhow, the British Invasion plays a major role but The Sundowners certainly put their best spin on it here and whipped up an unforgettable tune of their own. It seems ripe for a revival. I'm surprised that some contemporary outfit hasn't remade this with a bigger guitar sound and a bit faster tempo.
The flipside of this gem, "Always You" isn't bad either. It falls more into the sunshine pop category but is also tuneful, with a few strings added to the mix. I'm not sure how common the record is but I don't think it's very pricy. My copy cost a whopping 50 cents. I'm now on the lookout for The Sundowners' other 45's and their album.
The Sundowners entertain on It Takes A Thief, circa 1968