parlando playlist #56: the shangri-las - right now and not later [1965]

Posted on November 5th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Parlando Playlist.

When I was a teenager, I hated the Shangri-Las. Well, I only heard one song, "The Leader of the Pack" (of course). I still dislike that song. I don't know if I just heard it way too often, or (and I think it's more likely) I hated the motorcycle / bad boy / death cliché. (And the Look out! Look out! Look out! Look out!) But finally I heard the 1996 version of The Best of the Shangri-Las*, and I liked most of the songs. Even bought it, which would have astonished the teenaged me.

The best song is "Right Now and Not Later". It was a single, and it peaked at #99.

*there are several; this one was on Mercury, and has 25 tracks.

current parlando playlist



Comment on November 29th, 2013.

I love the Shangri-Las, even if the lead singer (Mary Weiss) was guarded and awkward when I interviewed her a few years back. (That made me sad, though--I was so excited to talk to her, and she was so defensive.) Great pop songs with passionate performances, sometimes gloriously over the top. I like this one, but I think "Remember (Walkin' in the Sand)" is superior to it, and my favorite Shangri-La knuckleball is "Past, Present and Future."


Comment on November 29th, 2013.

"Past, Present and Future" is my second-favorite.

I think Mary Weiss had done her wrong a lot by the pop culture in the sixties, lots of "down the wrong side of the street" and the Shangri-La's supposedly fighting with nice gals, etc.

Or maybe she was naturally guarded and awkward, too. (You met her!)


Comment on November 29th, 2013.

Oh, maybe "Sophisticated Boom Boom" is my second-favorite. Those are my favorite three, definitely.

(I like "Remember (Walkin' in the Sand)", too.)


Comment on November 29th, 2013.

I think it was less the perception of the Shangri-Las in popular culture, and more her experience with the music industry. But I haven't gone back and pored over the transcript or anything like that.

(Mary, if you're googling yourself: hello, and no hard feelings.)

My experiences interviewing people absolutely can affect how I feel about their music. Most often, musicians are on good behavior with me, so I end up having affection for some objectively mediocre bands. But it all shakes out as time marches on....

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