Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Garage Rock Classics: 7 and 7 is


In honor of the passing of the great Arthur Lee, here's a sampling of some covers of Love's 1966 song "7 and 7 is," the band's only charted song (#33). With its double-time beat, nonsensical lyrics, and abrupt time signature changes, "7 and 7 is" was hugely influential and is still being recorded today. Some of the more diverse artists that have tackled it are Rush, Alice Cooper, and Billy Bragg.


Here are a few different takes on the classic: Alice Cooper, The Ramones, 24-7 Spyz, Lollipop, and, of course, the original.


When I was a boy I thought about the times I'd be a man

I'd sit inside a bottle and pretend that I was in a can

In my lonely room I'd sit my mind in an ice cream cone

You can throw me if you wanna 'cause I'm a bone and I go

Oop-ip-ip oop-ip-ip yeah!

If I don't start cryin' it's because that I have got no eyes

My father's in the fireplace and my dog lies hypnotized

Through a crack of light I was unable to find my way

Trapped inside a night but I'm a day and I go

Oop-ip-ip oop-ip-ip, yeah!

One...

Two...

Three...

Four!


7 and 7 is [zip file, 19 mb]


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