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The Love Generation

This record is not just in living Stereo... it's a living stereotype.

If you were writing an episode of The Simpsons that called for a stereotypical 1960's hippie band singing about peace and love, you might easily come up with a group called the "Love Generation" singing a hit song called "Groovy Summertime", and laugh about it all day. You might even think about putting out a fake "Love Generation" album in the tradition of the Rutles and Spinal Tap, ripping off chords from early Beatles records or the Mamas and the Pappas along the way.

Yet here is the genuine article. I searched high and low for some clue that this record is someone's idea of a practical joke, but it appears they were serious when they made this thing. It's even on Liberty Records, a respectable label best know for giving us The Ventures. You might expect something like this to show up on one of those shoddy me-too record labels like Oscar Records, or perhaps the half-serious Buddah. But the folks at Liberty should have known better.

With song titles like "The Love In Me", "Meet Me At The Love-In", and "A Touch Of Love" (are you seeing a theme here?), it's hard to imagine even the most die-hard peacenik listening to this album without vomiting his organic brown rice all over the record player. In the title song, "Groovy Summertime", these guys leave nothing to chance, using the "g" word an amazing three times in the first four lines of the song: It's a groovy day, you're a groovy girl, throw your cares away, it's a groovy world. I can't wait until the weather warms up so I can pop this baby into the cassette player of my VW Beetle and head for San Francisco!

The Love Generation
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Songs:

Groovy Summertime (MP3) This song is groovy. I mean, it's really really groovy. Did I mention it was groovy?
When The Sun Goes Down (MP3) When the sun goes down... town... I'll be dreaming about California on such a winter's... whoops, wrong song.

See Also: The Establishment, The Now Generation: Come Together

Your Comments:

Conner (vxvconsvxv@aol.com) says:
Yeah I just love the picture! 3 of the guys are off looking at nothing, one girl's head is half covered and that blonde in the very front looks like a drag queen. (02-11-2004)

Sun (sunpk@aol.com) says:
I have their second album. I wish I had this one too. I love them. (Yes, that's saccharine in my veins) (02-08-2004)

Hailey (YoungDoorGirl@hotmail.com) says:
Hey, what those two guys doing to that chick up front?! (02-07-2004)

Rampmaster says:
I guarantee you Mama Cass had this on the hi-fi when she choked on that chicken sandwich! (01-29-2004)

Jojogotmojo says:
After seeing the album here I bought it at eBay. Technically it is a good album, the the lyrics are ridiculous. Still, if you enjoy Mrs. Miller you'll enjoy this trippy group of moms and pops. (10-22-2003)

elaine fletcher (elainegigi@hotmail.com) says:
The Love Generation is totalllllllly awesome!!!!!
The harmony and groovy style of the voices really sends me. Todays artists should take some lessons from the real "Top Guns" in the music field: Namely John and Tom Bahler and one great groovy voice of Mitch Gordon. Yea! Man! You go, go, go. WE LOVE YA! Get back together and do it again. (09-05-2003)

Eddy Medora (http://sunrays718.tripod.com) says:
Tom & John
See Site: http://sunrays718.tripod.com
"I Live for the sun"


Thanks
Eddy Medora (08-15-2003)

Ann Marshall (http://ann_marshall0.tripod.com) says:
Thanks for making Heaven Bound sound so good.

Joann Medora (AKA Ann Marshall Lead singer)
See Site: http://ann_marshall0.tripod,com (08-15-2003)

Eddy Medora (eddy@directsource-sp.com) says:
Tom & John sang on the Heaven Bound with Tony Scotti album: see site: http://ann_marshall0.tripod.com (08-10-2003)

Beasty says:
This album cover worries me, the guy with the glasses and PINK flowered shirt is sitting on top of the guy with the brown shirt and pants. Talk about the 60's love generation. In fact, look at the guy in the backs eyes. (07-28-2003)

Ensemble Man says:
This group has The Association written all over it.... bapa bap a bahhhhh bap a bapa bahhhhh! Now where are those rolling papers...? (07-14-2003)

Jimmy B says:
I do believe that's Deborah Harry of Blondie fame in the group. I know she was in such a 60's band. (05-21-2003)

Punky L says:
Thankyou Ong, a man who knows a little bit about what he's critiquing. What he said, plus, lets don't forget "I Think I Love You" and all those other Partridge Family greats that the Bahlers arranged. (04-15-2003)

Dick Tater says:
Plagerization of 60's pop tunes, incorporated into their melodies? No way,man! Pass the ginsing tea spiked with acid, man! (02-22-2003)

No Bozos (nobozos35@hotmail.com) says:
The Love Generation's song "Let The Good Times In" appeared in the first Partridge Family episode (when mom sang along).
These guys rock! Well, not really. (01-26-2003)

Tom Tuerff (ttuerff@aol.com) says:
Instant update: These songs are so bad I HAD to do some more research. I found an entire WEBPAGE interview with one of the guys from this group--Tom Bahler. Turns out he WAS (as I guessed below) a sessions singer, and is in fact one of the actual voices on the Partridge Family records, as well as a voice on the Smothers Brothers show. Check it out... http://www.cmongethappy.com/interviews/tb/ (12-04-2002)

Tom Tuerff (ttuerff@aol.com) says:
These guys sound like commercial jingle singers tricked into making an album. After listening to "Groovy Summertime," I want to buy something, but I don't know what. Yecch. (12-04-2002)

#$@% corporate music says:
There's some real talent here. How some of the parts of 'When the Sun Goes Down' sound like Petula Clark & The Mamas & the Papas. That's freakin' original! But it's not about being original, now is it? It's formulaic. And sadly it's something that happens in popluar music all the time. True then and true today. How many people out there now are trying to sound like Britney Spears and N'Sync? (09-10-2002)

Joseph Gallant (notquite@hotmail.com) says:
Possibly the worst album of it's era. No redeeming qualities whatsoever! (08-21-2002)

Daredevil6 (daredevil6@excite.com) says:
Evil has a new face. Just hideous. I am awash in horror. (08-08-2002)





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