Song: Nashville Cats
Artist: The Lovin’ Spoonful
Favorite lyric: The record man said every one is a yellow sun record from Nashville, and up north here ain’t nobody buys ’em, and I said but I will
Significance: I feel like The Lovin’ Spoonful are kind of the antithesis to The Kinks. The Spoonful sound is clean and the harmonies are intricate and interesting, but I think history dismisses them a little bit because their lyrics are fluffy. The name itself is a bit hard to swallow. Perhaps they were dismissed in their day as well, seeming a bit “old school” amongst the likes of Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Dylan. But I’m here to tell you it doesn’t really matter what they say or what they’re called, it’s still good. I was introduced to The Spoonful very young. I remember listening to Rain on the Roof on an actual record player, with that bright, yellow label contrasting the black grooves of the record. I think it was one of my first favorite songs that wasn’t in Mary Poppins.