Friday, November 27, 2009

The Easybeats - Friday On My Mind (1967)


from Jancy

Friday on My Mind" is a 1966 song by Australian rock group The Easybeats. Written by band members George Young and Harry Vanda,[1] the British Invasion-style number became a worldwide hit, making #1 in Australia, #6 in the UK, #16 in the USA, and charting in several other countries. In 2001, it was voted "Best Australian Song" of all time by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) as determined by a panel of 100 music industry personalities.

In addition to its 7" single release in late 1966, the song was issued on a EP in September 1967, with the tracks "Sorry", "Who'll Be the One" and "Made My Bed, Gonna Lie in It". A 2005 rerelease on CD single, along with "Remember Sam", "Pretty Girl" and "Made My Bed, Gonna Lie in It", featured a cover (pictured right) based on an earlier French sleeve.

On 28 May 2001, Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) celebrated its 75th anniversary by naming the Best Australian Songs of all time, as decided by a 100 strong industry panel, with "Friday on My Mind" being selected as the number one song on the list.[2] At the APRA Awards ceremony You Am I performed "Friday on My Mind" with Harry Vanda of The Easybeats guesting on guitar, Ross Wilson of Daddy Cool performed the #2 listed song "Eagle Rock", Midnight Oil's "Beds are Burning" at #3 was shown on video.[2]

"Friday on My Mind" was ranked #10 out of 2006 songs featured in the Triple M Essential 2006 Countdown. In the series 20 to 01, it was #1 on the "Greatest Aussie Songs" show. The song also appears in the 1980s film One Night Stand.

his is a great album,so full of great songs,even alternate versions of some songs,which this great band often did.It is superb musicianship,singing,overall it is a great 60s sound that could fit right in with songs from todays music."Friday on my mind" was a hit song the world over.A truly great song,other songs here,could well have been big hits,if hitmakers had given these songs a listen.I recommend this band to people who liked hearing the beatles,the rolling stones,dave clark five,the rascals,honeybus,the move or the kinks etc.The music they created was kind of a unique sound,polished and down pat.Music thats a joy to listen to.No imitations here.Highly recommended. ~ Gary J. Reilly (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA Australia)



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