From the latest possible year in the series to the earliest yet, we are now ranking the music of 1965.
A reminder of the premise of the thread
Rate the music of the year out of ten, based on the albums, singles, gigs, whatever that stand out for you that year. Non-musical nostalgia is welcome in the thread but that’s beside the point of the poll.
Everyone may nominate one album and one song from the year which will then be collated into side-polls on the final day of the thread (in one week) - please make it clear when you post a nomination for the poll, e.g
Radiohead - OK Computer
The Beta Band - Dry The Rain
Love - Forever Changes
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood - Some Velvet Morning
1965 was the year that when Malcolm X was assassinated, Bob Dylan went electric, Tom and Jerry and Thunderbirds debuted on television and a 70mph speed limit was applied to Britain’s previously unrestricted motorways.
We said goodbye to Winston Churchill, Nat King Cole, TS Eliot, Stan Laurel and Clara Bow and hello to Robert Downey Jr, Dr Dre, The Undertaker, Steve Coogan and Bjork.
How good was the music?
(Poll open until evening of Wednesday 23rd March, album and song polls will go up evening of Monday 21st based on your nominations)
Thanks @Octobadger, going to have some good fun these next few days revisiting the music of '65 (and will need some time to do that), but right off the bat there is this for the jazz aficionados out there (well for everyone sane, really). Really going to take something to beat this - a lot of folks out there owe an awful lot to this wonderous piece of music recorded way back in '64 and released in '65:
[PS Don’t be put off by the “1964” in that Deezer link - as noted A Love Supreme was recorded in December '64 and released in Jan '65, so is certainly a '65 album.]
Quite probably, @paulo but please don’t let that stop you if you wanted to go for it. I’ll be voting for it anyway, if it is nominated, and there is no ownership in nominations - first come, first served! For myself, I need to revisit a few albums more first, before making my final decision on nominations. Enjoying a bit of Bob right now …
Listened to The Beach Boys a couple of times today. Really like it - I already knew a few of the songs and I think it gets Brian Wilson maybe at his most Brill Building influenced which is the stuff I like.
I was tempted to nominate the track below. It reminds me of my father, he had the single and I played it loads as a little kid. I’ve just listened to it now and by god it’s dark - made even darker now that I’ve discovered that it was written by Jonathan King.