The Lovin' Spoonful were a band active during The '60s. With a foot in the door in both the pop and the folk rock worlds, they were besides Bob Dylan probably the greatest link between New York's Greenwich Village Folk Music scene and the San Francisco psychedelic scene. The band saw success with albums, singles, and movie soundtracks, recording song scores for Woody Allen's What's Up, Tiger Lily? and Francis Ford Coppola's Youre A Big Boy Now.
Hot tropes, summer in the city:
- AcCENT upon the Wrong SylLABle: In the chorus to "Summer in the City" the line "Despite the heat it'll be all right" is sung with the first syllable of "despite" stressed, to keep the rhythm going.
- Age-Progression Song: From the love song "Darling, Be Home Soon": "And now, a quarter of my life has almost passed."
- The Band Minus the Face: They continued on without John Sebastian, but didn't last long.
- Heavy Meta: A number of their songs revolve around music. "Do You Believe In Magic" about the power of songs in general. "Nashville Cats" about Country Music. "Jug Band Music" is about Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- Money Song: The laid back "Money":And I gave money to Bill
He pays up my bills and helps me make up my mind
And I give money to Bill
And he will be on my side
- Questioning Title?: "Do You Believe in Magic" and "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?"
- Unwanted Glasses Plot: "Four Eyes", about a kid getting picked on because of his nerd glasses.
- Vocal Tag Team: While John Sebastian got a lion's share of the hit songs, Joe Butler, Zal Yanovsky, and Jerry Yester have all done lead vocal duty. Especially since Sebastian isn't even on their last album.
- The X of Y: Album title Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful.