Monday, 21 February 2011
Lou Christie - Lightnin' Strikes (1966/ No. 11/ 8 weeks/ MGM)
This live-wire of a song is really three concurrent singles at once, each rather brilliant; a 'sweet sixteen' tender ballad of propriety, a yelping thing of lust, and - so prevalent are the female backing vocals - a classic girl group song. Christie's ability to suddenly switch to an intense falsetto makes the thing sound like The Four Seasons afflicted with satyriasis -
"When I see lips beggin' to be kissed (STOP!)
I can't stop (STOP!)
No I can't stop myself (STOP!)
LIIIIYGHTNIN' STRIIIIYKES AGAIIIIYN!"