BSE (TW) The Grass Roots, “Midnight Confessions”
posted by March 23 at 15:20 PMon
To kick off our new weekly feature “Best Song Ever (This Week)” I’m going with a certified classic most widely known as a staple of 2 a.m. TV ad compilations—the Grass Roots’ “Midnight Confessions.”
The Grass Roots are an appallingly underrated California garage-folk-blues-rock outfit responsible for a huge number of songs that you recognize and probably don’t know; “Midnight Confessions” is their pinnacle. Their 1968 Top 5 hit balanced perfectly between garagey grit, Stax soul, and AM radio pomp. A boogie bassline starts the whole thing off, working intuitively with an eerily stark garage-rocking organ riff. A huge, classy/cheesy horn blast parades the song through the streets, and the vocal duel between keyboardist Warren Entner and guitarist Rob Grill makes for awesome drama. Entner wins out with his unforgettable yawp: “I love you!” Poor guys—only at the witching hour can they tell the world they’re hung up on a married chick.
“Midnight Confessions” comes from an era when corny could coexist besides soulful and rockin’, adding up to the Best Song Ever (This Week).