The Young Rascals

Nineteen Fifty Six

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A great left turn in the middle of an album (Collections) that showed the Rascals maturing and growing as artists at an alarming rate, "1956" is a straight-ahead, Chuck Berry-inspired rocker. Built on a classic Berry-esque guitar ruff from guitarist and vocalist Gene Cornish, the song smokes from beginning to its somewhat abbreviated ending. Lyrically, it's a simple kiss-off "goodbye" song to an unworthy lover, and Cornish and co-writer Dino Danelli use simple yet effective blues imagery to convey their motley mood. But the performance is the main point here, and it's a great example of the band performing at their ensemble best, with a powerful energy and moxie that was about to become somewhat obsolete in the "artful" rock world during this 1966 period.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Collections 1967 Warner Bros. 2:31