Say It's Your Birthday: Scott McKenzie

Now how come John Cale couldn't have been form today?

No, we never wore flowers in our hair. We never wanted to

wear flowers in our hair. We thought Scott McKenzie, whose birthday it is

today, was lame. We thought his song, "San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers

In Your Hair)," which peaked at #4 on the Billboard charts on November 11,

1967, was particularly lame. We were happy that his next song only got to #24

on the charts, and that he then faded from sight. The idea of that song (the

flower song), which exploited the San Francisco music scene of the late '60s,

and which was, natch, written by an L. A. guy, makes us feel rather ill. Just

celebrate your birthday quietly, Mr. McKenzie. Leave us alone. The only song

we're humming today is the Blue Oyster Cult's "This Ain't The Summer of Love."

Some days you just wish someone cool had been born. Like Nick Cave. Or Captain

Beefheart. Or Iggy. Or Lou Reed. Or even Daniel Johns. Pray for rain.