In The Past (1966) by We The People.
Thanks to Modzilla in the comments for yesterday’s post I’ve been listening to different versions of In The Past all day. I always found the Chocolate Watchband rendition to be very catchy, the kind of song you’d expect to be covered by other bands even though the version in yesterday’s playlist is the work of session musicians under the direction of producer Ed Cobb. The original song is an uptempo number written by Wayne Proctor and recorded in 1966 by his garage outfit, We The People, a group I knew of already since two of their songs are featured on the Nuggets CD box. In The Past isn’t one of them, however, so I hadn’t heard it until today. More surprising is seeing the amount of times it’s been covered since. Lava lamps and false eyelashes at the ready, here’s a quick summary of a musical obsession.
La Fermeture Eclair (1966) by Delphine.
The title translates as The Zipper Closure (?). Delphine was a Belgian singer who recorded a handful of singles. This seems to be her most popular song (see below), and a regular inclusion on compilations such as this. The YouTube video matches the music to shots from Vera Chytilová’s marvellous Daisies (1966).
In The Past (1968) by The Chocolate Watchband.
Posted again so I get a chance to show the (uncredited) collage cover. Cobb and co. add sitar flourishes worthy of Bill Laswell.
In The Past (1997) by The Loons.
A contemporary garage band. No YT version, unfortunately.
In The Past (2009) by Satan’s Pilgrims.
An instrumental version that brings out the latent surfiness of that guitar line. I wouldn’t mind hearing the rest of this album.
La Fermeture Eclair (2012) by Les Terribles.
A cover of the Delphine version by a French band.
In The Past (2012) by Ulver.
This one slipped me by a couple of years ago, a whole collection of psychedelic cover versions (“Lost and found from the Age of Aquarius”) by Ulver. A slower, heavier version, and rather fabulous. Oversight corrected, this album is now on order.