evol not love Five Americans
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 1998 16:12:31 -0400 From: Andrew Rogers Subject: f/five_americans/evol_not_love.crd My second-favorite #52 single of all time (my favorite, Love's 'My Little Red Book', was coincidentally the *next* single to peak at that position). Unlike most teen laments wherein the protagonist begs his ex to come back, this guy sounds damn glad to be rid of her - presumably the reason for the backward spelling, 'evol', twenty years before Sonic Youth. Babbling: the Five Americans pissed off Dallas AM powerhouse KLIF mightily by performing on a TV show affiliated with crosstown rival KBOX. KLIF retaliated by dropping 'Evol - Not Love' from their playlist, prompting the Five's label, Abnak (OK, I know HBR distributed it nationally), to sue KLIF for restraint of trade. According to _Billboard_ (June 4, 1966), the ensuing trial included testimony from a computer: Abnak Adds Fuel to Suit Against KLIF [...] Court proceedings last week were highlighted by what may have been the first time a computer has ever been admitted to a witness stand. [...] A computer of the Compass Record Data Computer service was admitted as a witness Monday [5/23]. Asked if it swore to tell the truth, and nothing but the truth, the computer said, 'I do'. It was operated by Allen David Allen from a control unit in the courtroom, via telephone long distance to Los Angeles where the computer was located. Allen demonstrated how the computer had taken information when the record was first released, including hypes, and predicted a chance-of- success factor of about 13-in-100 in reaching the Top 40 position on the charts, Allen said. Later the computer had claimed that the chances for the record were less than 1 in 100, according to Allen. Asked in court what would have happened if the record were suddenly listed as No. 1 on KLIF's playlist survey, now, the computer said 'nothing'. Allen explained that the computer was set to ignore obvious mistakes and, for the record to leap from nowhere to No. 1 on the chart would be illogical. Abnak eventually prevailed, but it was a Pyrrhic victory - two killer followup singles went absolutely nowhere, probably because *every* radio station was afraid to touch them. Oh, yes, the chords and lyrics: "Evol - Not Love" (Rabon - Ezell - Durrill) Intro: [military drum roll] bass [3X; organ enters 2nd time, 12-string guitar 3rd]: (G) (Bm) (C) (D) v v v v v v v v v -7---7-|-----------------|----------------- -------|-5---5-----------|---------------4- ---5---|---------2---2---|-3---2-3-5---5--- -------|-----------------|----------------- Verse 1: [According to Mike Rabon, the first line is "I can go on". I hear it as "I can't go wrong" - take your pick...] G Bm C D G Bm C D I can't go wrong without your love (I... can't go wrong without your love) G Bm C D G Bm C D I will feel strong without your love (I... will feel strong without your love) E Begins my day Am When you're away Dsus4 D Dsus2 D From me-ee-ee-ee-ee Verse 2: I left you 'cause you didn't make the grade (I... left you 'cause you didn't make the grade) And since you're gone I've had it made (And... since you're gone I've had it made) Evol - not love Evol - not love For me-e-e-e-e [repeat verse 1 w/wordless vocal ("la-la-la") over first two lines] [repeat verse 2] [repeat verse 1 w/wordless vocal ("la-la-la"); fade on second line] -- another ace 60's tab from Andrew Rogers
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