Ah, Phil Spector. I still feel a pang of guilt for loving all those songs you produced now it’s been proven you’re a murderous bastard. Alas, music is timeless and as this specific song proves, without great girl groups like The Crystals, your music would not be half as incredible. Discovering soul music in the form of Spector’s “Wall of Sound” production method was a revelation for my teenage mind. That glorious, sweeping orchestration, blended with the soul vocals and instrumentation so common on records of the 1960s – it is heavenly.
I first heard this song when I watched the Martin Scorsese film ‘Goodfellas’ for the first time. From then, I was hooked. The song itself is so simple – in melody and in lyrics. But as with so many soul songs of that era, its effect goes beyond its simplicity.
“He kissed me in a way that I’d never been kissed before / He kissed me in a way that I wanna be kissed forever more”
Beautiful. The minute I hear that intro, I’m gone. That Bruce Springsteen has often covered it (neatly changed to ‘Then She Kissed Me’) in his live sets makes it just that little bit more special.