Fricke's Picks: Destroy That Boy!


Here's a shock: The mid-Sixties vixens on the hilarious and delightful retrospective Destroy That Boy! More Girls With Guitars (Ace) were bossed around by guys — Jack Nitzsche, Steve Cropper and Sly Stone among them — who produced these two dozen singles and wrote virtually all of the songs. But control of the mike is nine-tenths of the law on Karen Verros' tough 1965 pearl "You Just Gotta Know My Mind," the Debutantes' sassy '67 gender reversal of "Shake a Tail Feather" and film kitten Ann-Margret's '68 acid-pop swoon in "You Turned My Head Around." The oddest daddy here: Miles Davis collaborator Teo Macero, who produced the What Four's bizarre deadly-Shirelles flop "I'm Gonna Destroy That Boy" in 1966.

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David Fricke

Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke has more than 10,000 albums in his New York apartment. His first record review for the magazine was Frank Zappa's 'Sheik Yerbouti' (RS 290).

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