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Boys Can Be Mean

Album: Boys Can Be Mean
# Song Title   Time
1)    Gettin' Mighty Crowded - Betty Everett
2)    Ain't That Love - Bouquets
3)    Take Me for a Little While - Evie Sands
4)    On the Corner - The Ad Libs
5)    Spanish Boy, A - The Rubies
6)    Backfield in Motion - The Angelos
7)    Sophisticated Boom Boom - Goodies
8)    Money (That's What I Want) - The Fabylettes
9)    I Should Have Treated You Right - Barbara Green
10)    Operator - Gladys Knight & the Pips
11)    My Heartbreak - Cathy Saint
12)    Nobody's Girl - Karen Kelly
13)    Puppet - The Clinger Sisters
14)    Little Bell - The Dixie-Cups
15)    I Wonder - The Butterflys
16)    Love You More Than Yesterday - The Shangri-Las
17)    I Know You'll Be There - Shelley Fabares
18)    Second Best - Barbara Jackson
19)    Welcome to My Heart - Bouquets
20)    Memory Lane Without You - Chi Chi McCauley
21)    Do Wah Diddy - The Jelly Beans
22)    People Say - The Dixie-Cups
23)    Another Boy Like Mine - Ellie Greenwich
24)    No Guy - The Honeybees
25)    Stop - Roddie Joy
26)    Things I Do for You, The - Linda Martell & the Angelos
27)    Sing a Song - Sunbeams
28)    That's What You Gotta Do - The Sensations
29)    Bad Motorcycle - The Angelos
30)    Boys Can Be Mean - Sugar & Spices
1)    S.P.C.L.G. (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Little Girls) - The Society Girls
2)    I Can't Hear You - Betty Everett
3)    Deeper - The Rubies
4)    Just Like Taking Candy from a Baby - The Angelos
5)    Gee Baby Gee - The Butterflys
6)    Here She Comes - The Jelly Beans
7)    I'm Just a Down Home Girl - The Ad Libs
8)    Letter Full of Tears - Gladys Knight & the Pips
9)    Payin' for the Wrong I've Done - The Lovejoys
10)    He Passes By - Karen Kelly
11)    How I Wish You Came - Melinda Marx
12)    Jealous Eyes - Tracey Dey
13)    You've Got Me Uptight - Evie Sands
14)    Right Now and Not Later - The Shangri-Las
15)    I'm Gonna Get You Yet - The Dixie-Cups
16)    Duchess of Earl - The Pearlettes
17)    Wait 'Round the Corner - Leola & The Lovejoys
18)    Happy Town - Kelli & the Kittens
19)    Kind of Boy You Can't Forget, The - The Jelly Beans
20)    Lost Summer Love - Shelley Fabares
21)    Dum Dum Ditty, The - Goodies
22)    Try the Worryin' Way - The Fabulettes
23)    It Sounds Like My Baby - Bessie Banks
24)    If There's Anything Else You Want (Let Me Know) - Roddie Joy
25)    Just as Long as I Live - The Avons
26)    What Am I Gonna Do with You, Hey Baby - The Inspirations
27)    You Hit Me Like TNT - Linda Jones
28)    Please Don't Go - Yvonne Carroll
29)    Lover's Plea, A - Barbara Green
30)    Golden Records - Judy Thomas
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Performer Notes
  • Liner Note Author: Sam Szczepanski.
  • Plucked almost entirely from the pinnacle years of the girl group era, 1963-1965, the fantastic two-disc collection Boys Can Be Mean assembles more than 30 gems into one nonstop haven of lovestruck harmonies, teenage lament, and melodramatic melodies. Red Bird/Blue Cat Records artists like Evie Sands, the Shangri-Las, and the Jelly Beans offer the most easily recognizable submissions here, though even their selections aren't the most well-known hits they have to offer. The true strength of this collection comes from the deeper cuts, many having seen their widest distribution before this comp on the original 45s. Right out of the gate, Betty Everett sets the tone with her Northern soul-tinged groover "Gettin' Mighty Crowded," followed later by her equally crushing "I Can't Hear You." Bessie Banks, known primarily for her original hit with "Go Now," shows up with the slinky B-side "It Sounds Like My Baby," while the Dixie-Cups' "Little Bell" serves as a ghostly tangential afterthought to their mega-hit "Chapel of Love." Different sides to groups that made names for themselves on the strength of two or three hits are mixed up with oddball forgotten amazements like the barely cognizant "Bad Motorcycle" by the Angelos or buried gems like the antagonistically cheery "Happy Town" by Kelli & the Kittens. The inclusion of a few one-off wonders such as Leola & the Lovejoys reconfiguring "Wade in the Water" into a wrong-side-of-the-tracks heartbreak story and the Society Girls' completely dumbfounding anthem against doin' your lady wrong entitled "S.P.C.L.G. (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Little Girls)" makes Boys Can Be Mean a fully rounded necessity for any girl group enthusiast. Never sacrificing the quality of the material for obscurity, this compilation hits the mark on almost every track, and shines brightly as a consistently interesting and revisitable collection. ~ Fred Thomas
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