We celebrate the legacy of the iconic ‘60s quintet Buffalo Springfield with Blue Elan artists Scott Terry of Red Wanting Blue, Rusty Young of Poco, and Brie Darling of Fanny and the new duo of Cherie Currie & Brie Darling.
By Warren Kurtz
BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD debuted in California in 1966 with Neil Young, Dewey Martin and Bruce Palmer from Canada and Stephen Stills and Richie Furay from the U.S. Over the years, there have been entertaining covers of Buffalo Springfield songs from acts based in both of these North American countries. In Canada, the early Guess Who recorded “Flying on the Ground is Wrong” in 1967, Flying Circus remade “Rock and Roll Woman” in 1973, and Rush took on “Mr. Soul” in 2004. In the U.S., The Mojo Men reached the Top 40 with their single “Sit Down I Think I Love You” in 1967 and Poco’s live version of “Kind Woman” received FM airplay in the early ‘70s, as Richie Furay and latter day Buffalo Springfield member Jim Messina were founding members of Poco. Now another founding member of Poco, Rusty Young, has joined the Ohio band Red Wanting Blue, on a new cover of “Go and Say Goodbye” and Cherie Currie from The Runaways and Brie Darling from Fanny have released their version of Buffalo Springfield’s biggest hit single, “For What It’s Worth.”
Back side of 1966 debut album: Dewey, Stephen, Richie, Neil and Bruce
Flip side: Go and Say Goodbye
A side: Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing
Top 100 debut: August 20,1966
Peak position: No. 110
GOLDMINE: Congratulations on the new single. We look forward to your full album next year with Red Wanting Blue. The original 1966 version of “Go and Say Goodbye” was a peppy country-rock recording in line with what Mike Nesmith delivered with “Papa Gene’s Blues” on The Monkees debut album that year.
SCOTT TERRY: Its melodies are so strong, and each section has its own hook. For me, as a lead singer, it has all the things I’m looking for, great energy with an upbeat tempo along with a memorable melody and hooks that are fun to sing. I always feel like I’m going to get tongue-tied when I’m singing at the end where the drums go into double time, “Go and say, you don’t go and say, you don’t go and say goodbye.”
I’m always so pleased with myself when I make it thru without any hiccups. We actually didn’t learn it from Buffalo Springfield’s original recording, but from a cover that Poco did on their album A Good Feelin’ to Know.
Back side of Poco’s 1972 A Good Feelin’ to Know album
GM:I guess I should have bought the whole album in 1972 versus just buying the single “Good Feelin’ to Know” with “Early Times” on its flip side. I missed hearing Poco’s version of “Go and Say Goodbye.” Now, after listening to it, I really can hear their influence on you.
ST: I love everything about Poco’s version of “Go and Say Goodbye.” The vibe of that early ‘70s southern California country rock scene is alive and well in this jam. Our band has loved this version of the song for so long now, and for me personally, it was the gateway song that got me into the rest of their catalog. Our drummer Dean grew up listening to Poco with his dad and so he brought their album A Good Feelin’ To Know on the road with us. Once he pressed play, we all received a fast education in Poco. Everybody was hooked! I have a lot of memories from those tours that are tied to that album. Poco had become a large part of our band’s tour soundtrack. “Go and Say Goodbye” got played on repeat I don’t know how many times. Poco have been an inspiration to us as a band, and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear a lot of our contemporaries out there say the same thing about them. We are so grateful for having the chance to record a new version of it with Rusty. I hope he’s as proud of it as we are.
Red Wanting Blue band colorful band photo
GM:Rusty, first of all, congratulations again on your 2019 single “Listen to Your Heart,” which we did as a Goldmine/Blue Elan exclusive premiere earlier this year. That song certainly stands up to the best of your songs on your wonderful 2017 Waiting for the Sun album that we also featured in Goldmine. Now we just had another Goldmine/Blue Elan exclusive premiere of “Go and Say Goodbye” with you as a guest on this new Red Wanting Blue single.
RUSTY YOUNG: It was so much fun to play with the guys in Red Wanting Blue on a Buffalo Springfield song that’s a classic. I’m sure it was recorded before most of them were born. I love those guys! Great songs live on!
GM:Brie, “Go and Say Goodbye” isn’t the only new Buffalo Springfield cover on the Blue Elan label. You and Cherie Currie recorded their biggest hit “For What It’s Worth” on your new album The Motivator which we discussed recently in our Goldmine interview. Your Fanny bandmate Patti Quatro is on this song too.
BRIE DARLING: Patti Quatro, who is a friend to both me and my husband and producer Dave Darling, is the person who introduced me to Cheri and suggested that we record "For What It's Worth.” Patti flew in from Austin to join Cherie, me and Dave at our studio in Los Angeles. Patti's energetic enthusiasm and creative input can be heard on her guitar work and background vocals on the recording. Hearing "For What It's Worth" always takes me back to the '60s with my teenage band, laying around on the floor of our shared house and rehearsal space in San Jose, just before I moved to L.A. We'd listen to this song over, and over, and over.
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Warren Kurtz is a Contributing Editor at Goldmine. “Warren’s Fabulous Flip Sides” can be heard most Saturday mornings, in the 9 a.m. hour, Eastern time, as part of “Moments to Remember” at wvcr.com or iHeart Radio – search WVCR.