Judy Berman

Jun 24 2012

markrichardson:

“Past, Present and Future” by the amazing Shangri-Las. Very strange and creepy song, charged with drama, just so over the top. Wild to think someone put this together and pressed it to a 7” in the summer of 1966 and hoped that it would become a hit. It’s been said that this song is about a rape but Mary Weiss (who did not write it) doesn’t agree. Do track down Myrmidons of Melodramathe Shangri-Las had many brilliant singles. 

The Shangri-Las have always been my favorite of the ’60s girl groups — partially because they were so dark, but also because they double as a document of the teen-girl subconscious at the time. (Never mind that the songs were actually written by adults at the Brill Building; their young audience devoured them.) All the bad boys and the disapproving parents and the longing and the death. And then there’s this track, which, despite or even because of the melodrama, must have been a revelation for so many girls who had been left alone with these kinds of feelings — whether about rape or something harder to classify.

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  1. imathers said: I prefer the Ronettes, but by a verrrrry thin margin
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