Six Degrees of Your Ipod: Monday Edition

4 Oct

It’s Monday night! For many that means Monday Night Football (which is on mute right now on the television next to me). For others it means an end of the first day of the work week. For me it means Six Degrees of your Ipod. Why is it the Monday edition you ask? Well, coincidentally I turned on my Ipod with the intention of doing this post and “Monday, Monday” by the Mamas and the Papas started playing. So, enjoy another edition of SDYI. A terrible acronym, I know.

1.) “Monday, Monday” by the Mamas and the Papas

This 1966 classic written by John Phillips is the perfect Monday song. Billboard agrees. It is the only Mamas and Papas’ song that reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song features excellent vocal harmony and the underrated voice of Dennis Doherty.

2.) Brain” by The Action

3.) “The End of the Innocence” by Don Henley

4.) “I Want to Tell You” by The Beatles

5.) “Zak and Sara” by Ben Folds

6.) “Yakety Yak” by the Coasters

Hey. If you don’t take out the trash and do your chores, you ain’t gonna rock n’ roll no more. This line is iconic. Yakety Yak, Don’t talk back. I heard this song way before I got into oldies. It is just one of those songs. Written by the wonderful songwriting duo of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller – who also wrote songs like “Hound Dog” and “Kansas City” – “Yakety Yak” became a hit for The Coasters (who would later go down as one of the best acts of rock n’ roll. Seriously, this band was influential.) Also, come on, who did not see the anthropomorphic yak in “Yakety Yak” the Nickelodeon show.

The Connection:

Okay, how can I make a connection between “Yakety Yak” and “Monday, Monday” besides that they are good examples of title alliteration. Think, think, think. Oh, I got one. Ready. “Yakety Yak” was performed by Sha Na Na during their famous *oh my, why are we at Woodstock* set during the Woodstock music festival. Also at that festival was one Jimi Hendrix, who made an appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival as well two years earlier. Who also performed in Monterey? None other than the Mamas and the Papas who belted out “Monday, Monday” at the conclusion of their set. So, Coasters to Sha Na Na through Jimi and on to Monterey and the Ms and Ps.

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