Monday, October 24, 2016

The Heart of Rock and Soul # 811 The Chiffons

'The girl group record that fully captures the quality of obsession inherent in teenage love affairs. With its big buildup to an enormous orchestrated finish, it's probably well over the top for most tastes, but somehow, the frantically repeated 'nobody knows what's goin' on in my mind but me,' continually escalating until it bursts forth in the chorus chanting 'No no no no no' (or in the second 'verse' although this song's structure isn't nearly that simple, 'whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa) makes the orchestration, when it finally arrives, seem closer to the Beatles than a misguided application of the Wall of Sound (which is probably what it intended to be). If you've ever had a thought race through your head without cease 'Nobody Knows What's Goin' On' says it all.'

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