Before Van Morrison disappeared “into the mystic” (and as some fans would allege “up his own a–“), he was the leader of a nasty Irish garage punk / Rolling Stones-like band called Them. “Gloria” may be Them’s biggest claim to fame, but this sleazy little gem arguably should have that honor. Later covered quite well by the MC5.
Arguably, the first “power ballad,” from 1971. The Motor City Five (MC5) stop the “dope, guns, and f–king in the streets” for a few minutes and get “sensitive” with this love song about sliding and slipping “from hip to lip.” Alllrighty then!!! I’m not exactly a man of sensitivity and taste, but something tells me there’s a cooler way to talk to the ladies. In any case, this is still a great song.