Song of the Day #1,560: ‘I Wanna Be With You’ – The Raspberries

I unearthed many other bands and solo artists who would apparently fit right into my musical genome.

I’m not going to dedicate songs to all of them — at least not right away — but I’ll list six of them here: Gram Parsons, Antony and the Johnsons, Iron and Wine, Ray LaMontagne, The National and Hope Sandoval.

Some of those I’ve heard before, for better or worse. The lead singer of Antony and the Johnsons, for example, has another of those voices that grate on me to the point of disqualification. And Ray LaMontagne — whose name comes up all the time — has just never impressed me as anything but a bland mid-tempo adult contemporary performer.

The rest warrant more investigation.

But for my final genome post, I’m going with a band that I’d honestly never heard of before seeing their name pop up in my research. It’s so rare that I discover something that was not just off my radar but outside of my known universe, so I figured I’d give them their day.

The Raspberries were an American power pop band that released just four albums between 1970 and 1975. Their sound has been compared to The Beatles and The Kinks (as well as Todd Rundgren and Big Star, also featured this week) and they have been cited as an influence by Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and even Courtney Love. I won’t hold that last one against them.

‘I Wanna Be With You,’ one of their only hits and the lead-off track on the critically-acclaimed album Fresh, definitely demonstrates the Beatles connection as well as a guitar sound that owes a lot to The Byrds.

I love songs like this, and the fact that my genome project led me down a path that helped me discover this one makes me happy.

I know there isn’t enough time in my life, let alone in my average day, to find and hear all the wonderful music out there. But that won’t stop me from trying.

If we were older we wouldn’t have to be worried tonight
Baby Oh I wanna be with you so bad
Oh baby I wanna be with you
Oh yeah … well tonight’s
The night we always knew it would feel so right
So come Oh baby, I just wanna be with you

Someday’s a long time and we’ve been waiting so long to be here
Baby Oh I wanna be with you so bad
Oh baby I wanna be with you
Oh yeah … well tonight’s
The night we always knew it would feel so right
So come Oh baby, I just wanna be with you

Hold me tight our love could live forever after tonight
If you believe in what you’re doing is right
Close your eyes and be still

Baby, Oh I wanna be with you so bad
Oh baby I wanna be with you
Oh yeah … well tonight’s
The night we always knew it would feel so right
So come Oh baby, I just wanna be with you

Oh I wanna be with you so bad
Oh baby I wanna be with you
Oh yeah …
Baby I wanna be with you so bad …

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3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,560: ‘I Wanna Be With You’ – The Raspberries

  1. Dana says:

    I hear the Beatles influence, but the sng doesn’t quite do it for me.

  2. Rob says:

    The Raspberries other huge hit was “Go All The Way”, a power pop gem if I ever heard one. Their lead singer was Eric Carmen, who left the band to enjoy a fairly solid solo career, with hits “All By Myself”, “Never Gonna Fall In Love Again”, “She Did It” and “Hungry Eyes” from the flick Dirty Dancing. Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs did a great job covering “Go All The Way” on their “Under The Covers – Volume 2″ release. Both version well worth checking out if you’ve not heard them.

  3. pegclifton says:

    Why Scarlett Johansson??

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