Jon Savage's 1966: The Year The Decade Exploded Various Artists (Jon Savage)


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The soundtrack to the book about the year that shaped the rest of the century.

Pop was everything in 1966. It was a way of looking at the world, all funnelled into the single: ideas, attitudes, lyrics and experimentation that in the more indulgent years to come would be stretched out into a whole album. Condensed within the 7-inch format, the possibilities of 1966 were expressed with an extraordinary electricity and intensity – whether it be the flourishing of Holland-Dozier-Holland at Motown, the breakthrough of black American dance culture, the start of psychedelia and the beginnings of rock, or just simple mod pop.

This compilation accompanies my book 1966: The Year The Decade Exploded, which explores the various events and themes of the year in 12 essays, based around one record a month. The record is, of course, a 45 – and some of them are included here, such as ‘The Quiet Explosion’ (Chapter 1: January – CND, Protest and the Conspiracy of Silence) or ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’ (Chapter 6: June – The Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol’s America).

It is also designed to stand alone – a mix of the familiar and the obscure, informed by memory. I turned 13 in late summer 1966 and spent much of the year bathed in the music I saw on television and heard on Radio Caroline South. The 45 records beamed in on that station – James Brown’s ‘I Got You (I Feel Good)’, the Association’s ‘Along Comes Mary’, ? and the Mysterians’ ‘96 Tears’, to name but three – went very deep, and that mixture of mainstream pop, mod pop, West Coast, soul and Motown has stayed with me as an ideal.

Jon Savage


Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview The Quiet Explosion - The Uglys

  • 02 Preview Night Time - The Strangeloves

  • 03 Preview The Spy - The Guys From U.N.C.L.E.

  • 04 Preview Little By Little - Dusty Springfield

  • 05 Preview Bad Little Woman - The Wheel-A-Ways

  • 06 Preview Walkin' My Cat Named Dog - Norma Tanega

  • 07 Preview Festival Time - The San Remo Golden Strings

  • 08 Preview I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown & The Famous Flames

  • 09 Preview Batman Theme - Link Wray

  • 10 Preview Help Me (Get The Feeling) Pt 1 - Ray Sharpe with The King Curtis Orchestra

  • 11 Preview Greetings (This Is Uncle Sam) - The Monitors

  • 12 Preview Barefootin' - Robert Parker

  • 13 Preview Substitute - The Who

  • 14 Preview Along Comes Mary - The Association

  • 15 Preview The Other Place - The Seeds

  • 16 Preview Secret Agents - The Olympics

  • 17 Preview Cool Jerk - The Capitols

  • 18 Preview Ain't It Hard - The Electric Prunes

  • 19 Preview Nothing Comes Easy  - Sandie Shaw

  • 20 Preview You're Gonna Miss Me - The Thirteenth Floor Elevators

  • 21 Preview Sock It To Em JB Pt 1 - Rex Garvin and the Mighty Cravers

  • 22 Preview Sock It To Em JB Pt 2 - Rex Garvin & The Mighty Cravers

  • 23 Preview One Of These Days - The Roosters

  • 24 Preview I'll Be Your Mirror - The Velvet Underground & Nico

Side 2

  • 01 Preview Summer In The City - The Lovin' Spoonful

  • 02 Preview Working In The Coalmine - Lee Dorsey

  • 03 Preview You Better Believe It Baby - Joe Tex

  • 04 Preview 7 And 7 Is - Love

  • 05 Preview Love's Gone Bad - Chris Clark

  • 06 Preview Land Of 1000 Dances - Wilson Pickett

  • 07 Preview Psychotic Reaction - Count Five

  • 08 Preview Do You Come Here Often?  - The Tornados

  • 09 Preview 96 Tears - ? and the Mysterians 

  • 10 Preview I Can't Turn You Loose - Otis Redding

  • 11 Preview Reach Out I'll Be There - Four Tops

  • 12 Preview I'm A Boy - The Who

  • 13 Preview Come On Back  - Paul and Ritchie and the Crying Shames 

  • 14 Preview Tell Me That You Love Me - James Brown & The Famous Flames

  • 15 Preview Happenings Ten Years Time Ago - The Yardbirds

  • 16 Preview You Keep Me Hangin' On - The Supremes

  • 17 Preview Foolish Woman - The Oxford Circle

  • 18 Preview Love At Psychedelic Velocity - The Human Expression

  • 19 Preview One Hour Cleaners - The Blue Things

  • 20 Preview People! Let's Freak Out - The Freaks Of Nature

  • 21 Preview In The Past - We The People

  • 22 Preview The London Boys - David Bowie 

  • 23 Preview The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game  - The Marvelettes

  • 24 Preview Hang On To A Dream  - Tim Hardin

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