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Mel-o-dy RecordsMel-o-dy 119 (B), December 1964

B-side of Put Me In Your Pocket

(Written by Howard Hausey)


Scan kindly provided by '144man'.  All label scans come from visitor contributions - if you'd like to send me a scan I don't have, please e-mail it to me at fosse8@gmail.com!After the dreck of the A-side, Put Me In Your Pocket, a tedious slog through a big box of poorly-conceived relationship metaphors, this one is at least slightly less boring. Don’t get excited, though (fat chance with this playing) – it’s still awful.

This is both nonsensical and dull. A brief and briefly intriguing intro – banging, uptempo drums, blaring mariachi horns – cruelly raises the listener’s hopes before dashing them with a lurching tempo change and what feels like fifteen minutes of plodding off-the-peg Country & Western balladry, as Howard digs in for a long innings.

Crockett has never sounded worse. Oh, Howard’s vocals are always a bit on the “hit and miss” side, his Johnny Cash schtick often getting tiresome, but this is something else. Fittingly for a song about…

…well, actually, I don’t know exactly what it’s meant to be about, but I gather it’s some sort of rueful relationship-gone-wrong lament? You got the good times, I got the miles, he repeats over and over, as though it’ll start making sense if he just says it enough times. (The lyrics make no sense to me, the tune is ungainly, the band are awkward and clumsy, and my attention keeps wavering – so I may have this wrong. Still.)

…perhaps fittingly, it almost sounds as though Howard can’t be bothered any more; check out his caterwauled “Troubles never bothered you!” at 1:17, a strangulated, embarrassing stretch for a note he’s never close to hitting.

Howard Crockett’s career seems to be on some sort of permanent downward trajectory, with the two sides of each successive single adding up to be more irritating than the last. Luckily for us, there’s only one more to go here on Motown Junkies. Which is just as well, because at this rate, the next one will just be Howard burping the Old Spice song for three and a half minutes.

MOTOWN JUNKIES VERDICT

1/10

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