Thursday, July 15, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-The Brigands
Song:(Would I Still Be) Her Big Man
Album:Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968
Here's another good example of the value of Rhino's 4CD box set Nuggets to anyone who enjoys 60s garage bands or psychedelic music. This was the only song released by The Brigands and it was even on a major label. It was a great song but was there a band? It doesn't look like it. The tipoff is that Her Big Man was written by Artie Resnick and his wife Kris. Resnick was a veteran Brill Building songwriter and wrote songs like Under The Boardwalk and Good Lovin'. In the mid-60s it appears that he signed a production deal with Epic Records. The Brigands was his first attempt to put a group together. The likely singer of the song was Joey Levine. But they only released the one single and The Brigands members were never identified. So what happened? The three went on to record an album as The Third Rail and had a top 40 hit in 1967 with Run Run Run and they actually toured as The Third Rail. Then the three went to Kasenetz-Katz and wrote and produced a lot of the bubblegum music of the late 60s. For example, Artie Resnick and Joey Levine wrote the Ohio Express hit Yummy, Yummy, Yummy. Most of those groups were recording studio concoctions and Levine was always the lead singer. Levine started his own jingle production company in 1969 and still does that today. According to his MySpace, Artie Resnick lives in New Mexico and still writes the occasional song. He makes a lot of money from songwriting royalties. Here's a video for (Would I Still Be) Her Big Man by The Brigands.