Spanky & Our Gang

Like to Get to Know You

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The title track from Spanky and Our Gang's second album, "Like To Get To Know You" is a showcase for Nigel Pickering and Malcolm Hale, the two primary male singers in this close-harmony group. (Unusually, Spanky McFarlane herself only takes the lead on the brief bridge, and her harmonies are mixed far below her bandmates elsewhere.) A lovely pop song written by producer Stuart Scharf, "Like To Get To Know You" has a jazzy feel that makes it sound more mature than some of the group's earlier efforts, aided by the almost entirely orchestral backing track. The greatest hits compilation Spanky's Greatest Hit(s), for years the only available Spanky and Our Gang compilation, includes an odd remix of the song that tacks on the minute-plus reprise that originally appeared at the end of the album onto the song as a sort of extended coda. This completely changes the feel of the song, as the final third of it now consists of gauzy, overlapping harmonies with little tonal or thematic center. This oddly-constructed mishmash, through years of play on oldies radio, has since become more or less the "official" version; the remix was included on 1999's more comprehensive Greatest Hits.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Like to Get to Know You 1968 Mercury 2:18
No Image 1969 3:16
The Big Chill [Original Soundtrack] 1983
Original Soundtrack
Motown 0:00
Classic Rock: 1968 1987
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:08
Spanky's Greatest Hit(s) [1988] 1988 Mercury 3:18
AM Gold: 1968 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:11
Music from the Wonder Years, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Laserlight / Delta Distribution 3:20
No Image 1994 Special Music 3:18
Music from The Wonder Years 1994
Various Artists
Laserlight
Party Gold 1997
Various Artists
Compose Records 3:19
Whole Lotta Rock: 1968-1969 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 3:20
Rock 'N Roll Relix: 1960-1969 1997
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 3:20
Class Reunion: The Greatest Hits of 1968 1999
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / Polymedia 3:19
Greatest Hits 1999 Mercury 3:19
60's: Sensations 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:10
Classic Rock: Hits of 1968 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:10
60's Flower Power 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:10
Jukebox Hits of 1968, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Jukebox Records 3:13
Rock N' Roll Hits: Golden 1968 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:17
The Folk Years: Reason to Believe 2002
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:10
The Folk Years [Box Set] 2003
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:10
Classic Hits of the 60's 2004
Various Artists
San Fran 3:17
The Trip: Created by Saint Etienne 2004
Various Artists
Family Recordings 2:16
The Complete Mercury Recordings 2005 Fontana / Hip-O Select 3:19
The Best of Spanky & Our Gang: 20th Century Masters the Millennium Collection 2005 Island Mercury / Mercury 3:19
The Complete Mercury Singles 2014 Real Gone Music 0:00