Thursday, February 16, 2017

Mojo Men – "Sit Down, I Think I Love You" (1967)

Baby, can’t you see
That I’m a desperate man?

The previous 2 or 3 lines featured “For What It’s Worth,” which I think you have to say is the best of the Buffalo Springfield’s songs.

Another Stephen Stills song that appeared on Buffalo Springfield’s eponymous debut album, “Sit Down, I Think I Love You,” was covered by the Mojo Men, a Summer-of-Love-vintage psychedelic group from San Francisco.

That Mojo Men cover climbed to #36 on the Billboard “Hot 100” about the same time “For What It’s Worth” was climbing to #7.

There’s nothing wrong with the Buffalo Springfield’s original version of the song, but I think I prefer the Mojo Men’s rather baroque, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink cover, which was arranged by Van Dyke Parks, the eccentric musical genius who is best known for his work with Brian Wilson on Smile.   

The Mojo Men 
One notable thing about the Mojo Men was that they had a female drummer – Jan Errico, formerly the drummer and lead singer for another San Francisco group, the Vejtables.  Eric, who changed her name to Jan Ashton because she thought it sounded more British, was the cousin of Sly and the Family Stone drummer Greg Errico.

Here’s “Sit Down, I Think I Love You”:

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