Song Of the Day: April 18, 2005
Mary Goes Round-Mary's Garden
Lively Art Records 45, 1990
Whenever I'm approached on the fabled Mass Street in Lawrence, either at one of our relentlessly hip nightspots or one of the many fine boutiques who look to me to spearhead the next fashion trend, it seems the adoring public but one issue on its anxious mind: "Jon," they ask, "What is the most blatant Psychocandy rip-off you've ever heard? Is it the Meat Whiplash 45? Is it the Raveonettes?" Well, maybe. Then again, it might be this 45 by a French band called Mary Goes Round. It has all the elements. Layers of fuzz, buried vocal that never even approaches middle C, and a pretty nice little tune in there somewhere.