Flamin' Groovies

Yes It's True

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The Flamin' Groovies' Sire era takes some stick from a few longtime fans because of the depth of Cyril Jordan's Merseybeat obsession during these years. While it's true that this led to an unfortunate preponderance of unimpressive period covers, Jordan was also capable of writing some truly magical original material in the style. Foremost among these is the power pop classic "Yes It's True," which sounds so convincingly retro that it's a mild shock to discover that it's not an obscure Dave Clark Five B-side or the like. Specifically, "Yes It's True" sounds like a British Invasion band's take on Phil Spector's girl group sound, blending choirboy harmonies (singing utterly wide-eyed teenage crush lyrics) with a jangly pair of guitars doubling up on a brilliantly simple riff that's so naggingly familiar that the listener immediately goes back to the start of the song to try to figure out if it's a specific lift. (Answer: no, but it sure sounds like it should be.) There's even a perfect upward modulation for the bridge, a particularly mid-'60s touch that adds to the song's period authenticity. "Yes It's True" is one of those songs that truly, in a perfect world, should have been massive.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Shake Some Action 1976 Aim Records 2:29
Groovies' Greatest Grooves 1989 Sire 2:29