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Friday, March 23, 2007

The Grass Roots, “Midnight Confessions”

posted by on March 23 at 15:20 PM

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).

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Yes! "Midnight Confessions" is excellent!

Posted by Kim Hayden | March 23, 2007 3:56 PM

most all their LPs are good, prolly could consider it power pop before power pop was formalized. The name began as a studio group Barri/Sloan concept (of course) via Dunhill as a cash in on folk rock in '65/66. After one failed attempt of taking a "real" band and pretending they were the Grassroots, Sloan/Barri found The 13th Floor and installed them as the Grassroots for the GR second LP, so of course they were the band that hit with the Rokes' "Let's Live For Today." They split in like '75, but I believe there is some form of the Grassroots on a State Fair tour every summer... They were a great band, I've always loved 'em!!! HOWEVER, for the life of me I can NEVER find super clean copies of GR LPs!

Posted by nipper | March 23, 2007 4:48 PM

Yep, great song. It's always reminded me of the Partridge Family, but with some added grit--and I mean that as a compliment. Tarantino also gets a lot of mileage from it for "Jackie Brown." On the soundtrack, it appears between the Delfonics and Minnie Riperton. Nice!

Posted by Kathy Fennessy | March 23, 2007 11:02 PM

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