Album no. 27/1001
Are you ready for some swell tunes? Are you an American teenage girl in 1960? Then by golly gee whiz you’ll LOVE The Everly Brothers!
If you’re none of these things, you probably won’t love The Everly Brothers.
They sort of sound like a teenage boy-band version of Simon and Garfunkel – but all their songs sound exactly the same and were clearly crafted to pluck the heartstrings of foolish teenage girls. This album doesn’t really hold up anymore.
Have you listened to this album before?
CL: No. But looking at the cover of this album, I can just tell they were a couple of totes hot baes back in the day.
NK: I have not. I notice we get another version of ‘Lucille’ though.
CL: ‘Stick With Me Baby’ is good, and so is ‘Made to Love’ – even if the overall message is kind of… outdated.
“Girls Girls Girls were made to love!
That’s why you watch them walk down the street!
That’s why their kisses taste so sweet!”
Maybe… maybe don’t watch women walk down the street? Anyway, their version of ‘Lucille’ is pretty terrible – don’t bother with that. ‘Sigh Cry Almost Die’ is … weird. Strangely, they have a song called ‘Donna Donna’ which I thought was going to be the same as Joan Baez, but LUCKILY it wasn’t. It wasn’t a very good song anyway.
NK: I was sick today, and I tell you what, this is the very last thing I wanted to listen to. ‘Made To Love’ is the catchiest I think, but ‘Cathy’s Clown’ at the end is good too. I didn’t get into this very much to be honest. It still sounds very fifties. Remember on Elvis is Back how he had the more suggestive stuff? That is completely absent here, it’s all wholesome all-american idealism.
When would be the best time to listen to this?
CL: Maybe if you were wanting to break out of your American white-bread rut and go a bit wild. I’m sure this would have been considered ‘wild’ back in the day. But now, it’s just syrupy nonsense. One thing I can say about the bae brothers is that they can certainly knock up a good harmony though.
NK: Not when you’re sick and want something soothing, I’ll tell you that much. When you’re depressed about the state of the world and the corruption of youth, put this on and it will remind you how boring pop music used to be.
Why has this album been included on the list?
CL: I think this must surely be the beginning of “popular” music, but the nasty kind. This feels like what Justin Bieber probably would have made in 1960. It’s very wholesome, American teenage youth music at it’s saccharine best. And much like indulging in sugary treats for hours on end, it did make me feel a bit sick. I think it was also likely the album of choice for 1950s ‘nice guys’ because there is a lot of whinging going on here.
NK: It’s way too wholesome for my tastes. Also though, they wrote four of the songs themselves, which wasn’t that common at the time. We’ve had a lot of covers and arrangements of traditional songs, and there’s some of that here, but they’re starting to do it themselves.
Will you be listening again?
CL: I don’t think so. My stomach can’t take it.