The Remains

Don't Look Back

Composed by Billy Vera

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The Boston-based Remains (aka Barry & the Remains) are among the many highly underrated combos of the mid-'60s. Despite being chosen as one of the opening acts on the Beatles' 1966 North American tour and its handful of choice 45s on Epic Records, the quartet never gained the attention that its music deserved. The Billy Vera composition "Don't Look Back" is practically textbook Britpop, sporting interesting chord changes à la the Zombies. Their harder edge is reminiscent of the Rolling Stones and frontman vocalist/guitarist Barry Tashian's lead bears a strikingly similar energy to that of Mick Jagger circa "Let's Spend the Night Together," with a splash of gospel testifying and garage rock rave-up thrown in for good measure. The catchy if not slightly atonal hook and the band's aggressive attitude created what by all accounts should have been the Remains' ticket to the Top 40. However, "Don't Look Back" was unable to break outside of their native New England. The tune's regional popularity was apparent by the Rising Storm's cover version on their debut effort, 1968's Calm Before the Rising Storm. Even though Barry & the Remains didn't issue another single, the combo's place in history was enshrined when "Don't Look Back" was included on the Lenny Kaye-compiled Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968 anthology in 1972.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Remains 1966 Legacy 2:41
Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 1972
Various Artists
Rhino 2:41
Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 [Box Set] 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 2:43