The Mystery Trend - Johnny Was A Good Boy (1967)
Another hook laden slice of perfect driving psych-rock that didn't become a top ten smash. How can this be? It's undoubtably one of the great singles of the 60s.
Was the subject matter too disturbing. I mean:
"So now they put him away, they say he's not a normal man
You never can tell, but well they say he may do it again"
Whatever he did it can't have been good. But Johnny was a good boy wasn't he?
"Animals all loved him
And he had a way with kids"
It's all terribly upsetting and mysterious. I'm gonna go with, not a crime against a person, but maybe he set the local sports stadium on fire because he doesn't like footy. I can't help but think it was something much much worse though like the most most transgressive abhorrent crime possible. Oh dear Johnny what did you do?
*Imagine if all the San Fran psych/Matrix groups were this good?
Anyway they became just another one and done group which has probably made them way more legendary than if they had released a full LP or three.