by the Chambers Brothers, a Big Song for its day (1967
), both in popularity and in the length of the album
version (a whole album side, I believe). In its full-length form, it lasted forever
, with its symphony-like movements keyed to the acceleration
of the cowbell
"tick-tick" pulse (acid rock, man!
); this was, perhaps, the most unusual and
unique piece of music created by any of the gospel
groups who transitioned to pop
during the 50s/60s
/70s. But it would be their only big hit.
The Ramones, pop historians of the highest order, did a cover of it (i.e. the Chambers' short, edited-for-airplay version) on their Subterranean Jungle (recorded 1982), wherein our heroes find another drummer (the very temporary "Billy Ramone" - Billy Rogers, who was one of many to hold down the drum chair in Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers) to handle this particular tune. Bye, Marky! Best fishes!
Time has come today
Young hearts can go their way
Can't put it off another day
I don't care what others say
They say we don't listen anyway
Time has come today, hey
-- Willie and Joe Chambers, from The Chambers Brothers' Time Has Come Today LP