Pick of the Pops 21 (29.5.67)

It's birthday boy and Tory-enabler Noel Gallagher's turn to pick the charts this week.

He's picked his birth week chart and (I presume) a particular favourite year (1979). I'm not going to argue about his excellent choices.

Procul Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale: not as bad as fellow sixties 'classics' 'House of the Rising Sun' or (particularly) 'Where Do You Go To My Lovely?', but f*****g close. Ghastly. 0/10
The Move - I Can Hear the Grass Grow - the genius of Roy Wood. A fabulous single (and STILL not as good as The Fall's version!). 10/10
The Monkees - A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You: imagine if all manufactured bands were like this? If boy bands didn't sing schmaltzy cover versions which clogged up the charts until the charts just died? A fabulous record from a frequently brilliant band. 9/10
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Purple Haze: not for me, but I know greatness when I hear it. 9/10
Arthur Conley - Sweet Soul Music: I'm not really a fan of this branch of soul (I'm more the '70s Women' branch), but it's... OK. 5/10
The Supremes - The Happening: from the almost-forgotten (and rightly so) Anthony Quinn film. I SO vividly remember this song being in the charts. Such a life-affirming song, and Diana Ross's voice is just immense. 10/10
Bee Gees - New York Mining Disaster 1941 : I quite like the strangeness of this one; but I wanted it to stop. 3/10
Tom Jones - Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings - I like Tom's mid-sixties stuff. This is the sort of garbage Engelbert used to put/seep out. Shite, albeit alliterative shite. 3/10
Jeff Beck - Hi Ho, Silver Lining: you'd have to gave a heart of stone not to hate this. Terrible. 2/10
Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra- Somethin' Stupid - despite the creepiess of the father/daughter dynamic, this is just effing marvellous. 10/10
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - The Wind Cries Mary: fabulous. What a chart! 9/10
Lulu - The Boat That I Row: she's a horror, but sixties Lulu was often pretty damn good. And much as I slag him off on here, Neil Diamond wrote so many great songs. His second in this week's chart. A good pop song. 7/10
The Who - Pictures of Lily: those of you who know the Citizen Kane link will probably raise an eyebrow at the title of this song. It's a great single, but celebrating a Townsend/Daltrey number is like being forced to admit that a Liverpool FC goal was quite good. 8/10
Sandie Shaw - Puppet on a String: terrible and brain-invasive. 1/10
The Beach Boys - And Then She Kissed Me: what a production! What a band! The genius of Brian Wilson. 9/10
The Mamas and the Papas - This is Dedicated to the One I Love: another brilliant song. Mama Cass's phrasing is just astonishing throughout. 10/10
The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset: originally 'Liverpool Sunset'. A faultless, beautiful, pop song. 10/10
The Tremeloes - Silence is Golden: decent, but not in the sale stratosphere as some of the genius pop songs on display today. 6/10

Gallagher - a massive improvement on Gambaccini. Damn it! 9/10
Best Song - I genuinely can't call it this week. My favourite? The Move.
Worst: 🎵"More than sixteen vestal virgins..."🎵
F**k off!