The “Ignore the Single” column was created to bring attention to musical artists who have been written off as purveyors of exclusively one hit. In doing so larger catalogs worthy of much attention go unknown. This makes the Bee Gees an unusual choice for this column, because they had dozens of hit singles and albums, and they were one of the most popular groups in the world.

In the case of the Bee Gees, it might make more sense for us to advise you to ignore a particular soundtrack album instead. The soundtrack to the movie “Saturday Night Fever” was a massive hit that still sells in record numbers today, but the unintended side effect of its success was that it erased from memory the decade-plus of hits that predated that hit soundtrack.

Today, many people think the Bee Gees were that disco band that did “Staying Alive,” and that’s it. While I love the group’s disco period, and I’ll fight anyone who besmirches it in any way, shape or form, it still strikes me as a tragedy (ha ha) that more people don’t know about The Bee Gees earlier work.

The list below is an attempt to give some attention to their less well-known work from 1966-1974. In my opinion, some of these singles are baroque pop is so expertly crafted that it’s on the same level as the Beatles. A ballsy claim, I know, but I stand by it. COME AT ME BRO.

 “Spicks and Specks” from “Spicks and Specks” (1966)

“To Love Somebody” from “1st” (1967)

“Massachusetts” from “Horizontal” (1967)

“Lamplight” from “Odessa” (1969)

“Don’t Forget to Remember Me” from “Cucumber Castle” (1970)

“Lonely Days” from “2 Years On” (1970)

“How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?” from “Trafalgar” (1971)

“Run to Me” from “To Whom It May Concern” (1972)

“South Dakota Morning” from “Life in a Tin Can” (1973)

“Lost in Your Love” from “Mr. Natural” (1974)

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Daniel Bukszpan is a freelance writer with over 20 years’ experience. He has written for such publications as Fortune, CNBC and The Daily Beast. He is the author of “The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal,” published in 2003 by Barnes and Noble and “The Encyclopedia of New Wave,” published in 2012 by Sterling Publishing.

3 Comments

  1. “Lonely Days” is the best thing the Bee Gees ever did.

    And not far behind is “Winds of Change,” which was the B side to the far inferior #1 smash “Jive Talkin’.”

  2. Barbara Coleman on

    I couldn’t agree more with your article and your song selections. There are so many great songs that make their earlier albums stand out. It’s incredible that – even though we’re seasoned stage performers – they were still very young while creating these much overlooked gems. A good classic album never gets old – just better with age.

  3. Steven De Leeuw on

    Interesting selection. Of course there are dozens of little known Bee Gees gems. About 10 on the First album alone, for starters. I don’t think there are many cuts in musical history that match “Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You” in originality, for instance.

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