My Top 1000 Songs #572: This Little Mystery

[I've been writing up my Top 1000 songs on a daily basis--you can see them all in descending order by hitting the All My Favorite Songs tag.]

The Young Fresh Fellows' gleeful 1984 debut, Fabulous Sounds of the Pacific Northwest, had it all (well, all but audible bass)--retro-60s garage rock, 80s college radio jangle, boundless energy and humor. And pop songs, just great pop songs. Perhaps none more so than the deceptively simple "This Little Mystery," a back-to-basics charmer that conjures the Turtles and makes it seem easy. (Indeed, with barely two chords to the song, and a three-note solo, it made for something even I could play with my college band, and it was a delight to break this out for parties.) 

Sometimes all you need for endless smiles is a chipper guitar line and a warm, tingly crush story. Unfailingly makes me happy whenever I play it. "She came up to me and held out her hand, and said I was the one who might understand... this little mystery!"

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