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 So what bands and songs do I really remember from the 60’s? And don’t worry I wasn’t in the age group that could claim that they missed the 60’s because of all the Sex ‘n Drugs and Rock ‘n Roll!

  • “The Monkees”
  • “The Beatles”
  • “The Rolling Stones”
  • “The Dave Clark Five”
  • “The Beach Boys”

Gosh – they all started with THE! But it wasn’t really until The Beatles that I really started to relate to music and I guess then that would mean we were a Beatles household? But that’s not necessarily true as I grew to like “The Stones”. Possibly more through the 70’s and especially around the time of “Brown Sugar”.  But I remember the time I bought my first ever LP and it was actually by The Monkees! Although I’m pretty sure that I had bought a few EP’s or singles before that of the Beatles and The Dave Clark Five too with “Glad All Over” would you believe!

But I do have a very real recollection, which I often think about, of running around the lake at Nuwara Eliya when I was at The Hill School with a lovely guy called Richard Nicholson who knew everything that was “In” at the time. And he even knew all the words.

The standout moment for me was when we were running through a little village with rabid pie-dogs barking at our heels singing “19th Nervous Breakdown“:-

You’re the kind of person
You meet at certain dismal dull affairs.
Center of a crowd, talking much too loud
Running up and down the stairs.
Well, it seems to me that you have seen too much in too few years.
And though you’ve tried you just can’t hide
Your eyes are edged with tears.

You better stop
Look around
Here it comes, here it comes, here it comes, here it comes
Here comes your nine-teenth nervous breakdown.

When you were a child
You were treated kind
But you were never brought up right.
You were always spoiled with a thousand toys
But still you cried all night.
Your mother who neglected you
Owes a million dollars tax.
And your father’s still perfecting ways of making sealing wax.

You better stop, look around
Here it comes, here it comes, here it comes, here it comes
Here comes your nine-teenth nervous breakdown.

Oh, who’s to blame, that girl’s just insane.
Well nothing I do don’t seem to work,
It only seems to make matters worse. Oh please.

You were still in school
When you had that fool
Who really messed your mind.
And after that you turned your back
On treating people kind.
On our first trip
I tried so hard to rearrange your mind.
But after while I realized you were disarranging mine.

You better stop, look around
Here it comes, here it comes, here it comes, here it comes
Here comes your nine-teenth nervous breakdown.
Here comes your nine-teenth nervous breakdown
Here comes your nine-teenth nervous breakdown

 It was released as a single on 4 February 1966 and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and in the United Kingdom Record Retailer chart. However, it hit #1 in the NME chart and the BBC‘s Pick of the Pops chart, both of which were more widely recognised in Britain at the time. So it must have been around 1966 and I must have been coming up for 10? Although I do also remember being with my family in Jersey in the UK watching England win the Football World Cup in 1966 which was played in June? And Dad was usually on leave for about 6 months every 2-3 years so it might even have been 1967? Oh well – it brings back wonderful memories. But there were other songs and bands.

An all time favourite was (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and “As Tears Go By” which the Rolling Stones performed on their Ed Sullivan Show appearance in 1966, their first colour broadcast on US television. One thing I didn’t know The Monkees‘ Song, “Your Auntie Grizelda“, written in 1966, was influenced by the Rolling Stones’ song “19th Nervous Breakdown. According to Wikipedia anyway.


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