Song of the week, 1. Birds Can’t Row Boats

December 20, 2014

Such an incongruous song from Johnny Winter; he never did anything else like this. It has a great mid ’60s pop/psych riff and absurd sub-Dylan lyrics. One authority on Texas music from this era reckons it was a parody, but I’m not sure. I always assumed it was an attempt at authenticity that went off the rails. It was released on the Pacemaker label in Nov 1966 and gets a 6 out of 10 rating in the “Teenbeat Mayhem” discography of ’60s garage 45s.


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