A surprising classic of the so-called British Invasion, given its transatlantic origins as a 1964 single by Nina Simone. The Animals spiced up the original jazzy harp arrangement with simple side-by-side guitar and organ riffs, and of course, Eric Burdon’s almost pitifully bluesy vocals. Burdon’s signature deep, heart-on-his-sleeve vocals are what really make the song – and they have an uncanny knack of haunting you, especially as you sit through your first tutorial of the year doing your best to hide your lack of vacation reading. NB: Do yourself a favour, and listen to The Animals’ 1965 version, as opposed to any of Burdon’s later alternative ‘reggae’ versions.
‘Baby, do you understand me now?
Sometimes I feel a little mad.
Well don’t you know that no-one alive
Can always be an angel,
When things go wrong I seem to be bad.
I’m just a soul whose intentions are good,
Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood’.