Various Artists – Girls Go Zonk!!

Sublime selection of Shangri-Las-style also-rans

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Where big guns from the Phil Spector and Shadow Morton stables led the pack in mid-’60s histrionic gal-pop, these unsung heroines appear to have scavenged the remnants of their candy-coated riffs and tear-stained tableaux (bad boys, disapproving dads and car crashes). Of particular interest here are The Kane Triplets’ weird vocal version of “Mission Impossible”, Margie Day’s beautiful “Tell Me In The Sunlight” (composed by a pre-fame Scott Walker) and the magisterial Verdelle Smith’s “Tar And Cement”, previously attempted by Fran

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