Song of the Week – Pictures of Matchstick Men, Status Quo & You Keep Me Hangin’ On, Vanilla Fudge

Ignored             Obscured              Restored

Today’s SotW features two psychedelic classics.

“Pictures of Matchstick Men” was a hit by the British band Status Quo in 1968.

It reached #12 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100.  It was also included in the compilation album Nuggets, Vol. 2: Original Artyfacts from the British Empire & Beyond.

Next is “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” by Vanilla Fudge.  (That’s a great ‘60s psych band name, isn’t it!)

The song was originally released by The Supremes and was a big Motown hit.  It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Vanilla Fudge’s slowed-down, plaintive version — produced by “Shadow” Morton — unexpectedly made it to #6 in 1967.

Now is it just me, or do these two tracks sound eerily alike?

Enjoy… until next week.