Monday, October 11, 2010

Day 71

Carpenters- The Singles 1969-1973

I'm sure I'll get some flak for having this one too, but dude, how can you hate on the Carpenters? I mean, I don't need to go out and get their whole catalog, but every tune on here is a great song. And I bet there are quite a few Carpenters tune where the 35 and under crowd would say, "oh I didn't know they did that".

Just think about how many commercials, TV shows, movies or karaoke bars, where you have heard such gems like "We've Only Just Begun", "Top of the World", and "(They Long To Be) Close to You". Yeah, sure they weren't written by the Carpenters, but they sure as hell made them famous. Hell, even Sonic Youth covered "Superstar" on the Carpenters tribute album If I Were A Carpenter.

I'm glad to own this album and I'd like to pick up their other Singles albums as well. It's ok everybody. Admit that you like the Carpenters.

Long Live Karen Carpenter!!!

Here's a video of "Rainy Days and Mondays" since it's my favorite Carpenters tune.


  1. The voice of an angel, for sure. Director Todd Haynes cut his teeth with a documentary detailing the group's rise and fall, and filmed entirely with Barbie dolls. I think he was eventually sued by Mattel and the Carpenter family.
    A must see:

  2. Don't forget that Sonic Youth also wrote a song about Karen, aptly titled "Tunic (Song for Karen)"
    How about an awesome live version of "Top of the World" by Shonen Knife?

    Yeah, some of their songs are among the best of the bland, inoffensive soft rock that period of the 70s had to offer.