Song of the Week – Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White, The Standells


One of the proud traditions at Fenway Park is that they play The Standells’ “Dirty Water” (“Oh Boston, you’re my home”) at the conclusion of every Red Sox victory.

So last Sunday, when the Patriots won another Super Bowl after their undrafted rookie cornerback made an unlikely interception with only 20 seconds left in the game, I was yearning to hear “Dirty Water” to help celebrate the win.

But that wasn’t gonna happen – the game was played in the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, not Fenway. Beside, after all of that “Deflategate” nonsense, much of the country was filled with Patriots haters.

So instead of “Dirty Water” maybe the more appropriate Standells song to play would be “Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White.”

This 1966 release only made it to #43 on the Billboard charts. But it was a song that was noticed by The Cramps and Minor Threat – both covered it. That’s because it’s a great garage/psych rocker.

Go Pats!

Enjoy… until next week.

BTW – Today is the 7th anniversary of the SotW; over 350 posts, almost 500 songs and never a week missed. Thank you all for continuing to inspire me to keep this thing going.

One thought on “Song of the Week – Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White, The Standells

  1. Man, did i LOVE this song when it came out. Much much more than “Dirty Water,” for sure, but I mostly forgot about it.

    So, great selection, Tom!

    BTW, don’t the Standells look a lot like the Monkees in that pic? For sure the bass player has Peter Tork written all over him.

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