Awesome Yet Underrated Song Of The Week

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away …

Er, wait. Wrong post.

Ahem. Some time ago I mentioned that reruns of the “original” Josie And The Pussycats were one of the touchstones of my childhood. Oddly enough, despite my deep and abiding love for all things Pussycat, I never really realized at the time just how cool the music actually was. While their corporate cousins The Archies were saddled with more-or-less vapid bubblegum pop (thank you, Andy Kim) the Pussycats were hitched up to some surprisingly mature R&B, a sound that was a tasty mix of Muscle Shoals vocal stylings and classic Motown sound structure.

Sadly, the chances of finding any of these recordings now are pretty much zero. You would think that someone would preserve or offer them somewhere, if only just for the novelty value of Cheryl Ladd as Melody (consider that your useless fact of the day, right there), but this is not the case. These songs have become the audio equivalent of abandonware, with copyrights held by some unknown party and the songs themselves shut off from the light – and the ears – of day.

And so, with a bit of a rebellious spirit and probably some fairly dicey legal standing I am going to do something that I pretty much never ever do here – host and offer a copyrighted work for your listening and downloading pleasure. Every Beat Of My Heart was the Pussycats’ first single, and remains my favourite song. Sorry about the sound quality, but sometimes you have to take whatever crumbs you can get.

And if anyone can come up with a copy of Stop, Look, and Listen, I’ll happily host that too. There are some times when you just have to stand up and stick it to The Man.

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