The Yardbirds “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago” is, in my opinion, their finest moment (though “Shapes Of Things” and “Think About It” come pretty close.) The track features the group’s signature minor key melody and Gregorian-like harmonies, pitted against one MF of a riff – with both Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck on guitars along with John Paul Jones on bass.
That riff inspired numerous cool songs, among them “Children of the Sun” by Riverside CA / London UK transplants The Misunderstood, “Son Of Fantasy” and “Son Of Fantasy II” by Los Angeles hardpsych rockers The Hook (featuring former Leaves member Bobby Arlin) and the teeth-gnashing “I’m Sick Of You” by James Williamson era Iggy and The Stooges.
Earlier today while working at the office I listened to these four tracks in a row – and thought you might enjoy hearing them too – so here they are:
The Yardbirds “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago”
The Misunderstood “Children Of The Sun”
The Hook “Son Of Fantasy II”
Iggy and the Stooges “I”m Sick Of You”