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Without giving too much away for those of you who still have last night's episode of "Mad Men" sitting in the toaster at home, let's just say it wasn't Sunday's sunniest hour. A serial killing haunted the whole staff, multiple people ended up under multiple beds, and we saw early iterations of YouTubist gore-lust and voyeurism.
There was no shortage of wince-worthy moments, it was "Mad Men" back at its tensed-up, pent-up best. So when the lonely bass notes of the Crystals' 1962 song "He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss)" crept up on the end credits, it was like the icing on the most uncomfortable cake ever.
Phil Spector's original steerage made this number unsettling enough, but hearing it brought back memories of Brooklyn band Grizzly Bear's stunning cover of the song, which they like to bust out live here and there. Mass. native Ed Droste stretches out the melody, deepens all the hues, and peels back the pop veneer a bit to reveal something much darker. Above, hear a performance of the song from the band's 2009 appearance at the Berklee Performance Center.
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