April 23, 2009

Mod-A-Day: American Breed

Perhaps the name was a statement about the British Invasion, perhaps not. No matter, the Chicago based American Breed scored one bona fide top ten hit with "Bend Me, Shape Me", a song that voiced every teenage boys true feeling -- bend me, shape me, anyway you want me, long as you love me it's alright. (Married men everywhere are aware of the dangerous tone of this song.)

The band had a sound that echoed their British cousins, but like the Monkees and others was really only a softened, Americanized version of the mid-sixties beat sound of Britain. It was good enough for Americans though, and the band cruised to success behind their one sole hit song. The song here, "I'm Gonna Make You Mine" though is not that one, this is from the second of their three releases in 1968 Pumpkin, Powder, Scarlet & Green.

American Breed -- I'm Gonna Make You Mine