Two-Bit Manchild

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"Two-Bit Manchild"
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Single by Neil Diamond
from the album Velvet Gloves and Spit
B-side "Broad Old Woman (6 AM Insanity)"
Released 1968 (1968)
Format 45
Recorded 1968
Genre Pop, Rock
Length 3:04
Label Uni
Songwriter(s) Neil Diamond
Producer(s) Tom Catalano, Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond singles chronology
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"Two-Bit Manchild" is a song written and performed by Neil Diamond. It appears on Neil's 1968 album Velvet Gloves and Spit, and was released as an A-side with a B-side of "Broad Old Woman (6 a.m. Insanity)". It is a "strong and interesting" song according to Robert Jamieson.[1]

"Two-Bit Manchild" also appears on the Neil Diamond compilation albums Glory Road 1968-1972, Play Me: The Complete Uni Studio Recordings Plus, Gold, and Reflections.

The site Allmusic recommends "Two-Bit Manchild" as one of the top four songs on the album Velvet Gloves and Spit, calling it, "a fascinating adaptation of his Brill Building-era sound to a personal/introspective lyric and approach (picture the Monkees' sound melded to a singer/songwriter persona)."[2] It has also been described as "brilliant and very Bang-ish"[3] and a "jewel".[4] The opening riff is also reminiscent of Day Tripper by The Beatles.


Neil Diamond performed "Two-Bit Manchild" on July 2, 1968, on Showcase 68. Officially released as a 45 single in July, 1968 with the B-Side "Broad Old Woman (6 a.m. Insanity)" as UNI 55075. It eventually reached #66 on the charts.[5]

At least two versions of the 45 sleeve were released. One featured a picture of Neil Diamond. The other featured a swirly, psychedelic graphic. It was arranged by Renzetti, Altman, Cerone, Richards and Sandler.

International release[edit]

In the United Kingdom, "Two-Bit Manchild" was also released with Broad Old Woman (6 a.m. Insanity) as the B-Side. It was released by MCA records in August 1968,[6] and licensed by MCA INC. USA as UK MCA MU 1033. It did not chart in the U.K.

Subsequent history[edit]

The copyright has been registered twice, first as EP0000284487 on December 12, 1970, and again as RE0000772415 on January 2, 1998.[7]

The poor chart performance of "Two-Bit Manchild" forebode the poor chart performance of Velvet Gloves and Spit.[8] "Two-Bit Manchild" is now considered one of the "obscurities" of Neil Diamond's catalog.[9] "Two-Bit Manchild" was covered by Australian pop singer Johnny Farnham on his second studio album Everybody Oughta Sing a Song released on EMI Records in November 1968. The song is now covered by the Neil Diamond coverers Nine Inch Neils,[10] and Mike Tyler.[11]

Non-performance on American Idol[edit]

On April 29, 2008, contestants on American Idol sang Neil Diamond penned songs. One song they did not perform was "Two-Bit Manchild". Perhaps, as New York suggested, it was too "on-the-nose."[12] Some were "desperate" that David Cook perform it.[13]


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  2. ^ Bruce Eder. "Velvet Gloves and Spit - Neil Diamond | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  3. ^ "The Shelved Neil Diamond Bang Box Set - Both Sides Now Stereo Chat Board". 2010-04-19. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  4. ^ Armstrong, Gene. "Rhythm & Views | Rhythm & Views". Tucson Weekly. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  5. ^ "LOOKING BACK-1968-Neil Diamond Through The Years". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  6. ^ "Neil Diamond - Two Bit Manchild / Broad Old Woman - MCA - MU 1033". 45cat. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  7. ^ "It's so strange (the way love works) w & m Neil Diamond, Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich part 2 - song, music - Copyright Info". Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  8. ^ Neil Diamond: His Life, His Music ... - Google Books. 2004-11-04. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  9. ^ All music guide to rock: the ... - Google Books. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  10. ^ US. "Neil Diamond Tribute - Nine Inch Neils | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  11. ^ "Mike Tyler - Neil Diamond Tribute - Biography". Archived from the original on October 28, 2010. Retrieved October 10, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Neil Diamond May Destroy 'American Idol' Tonight - Vulture". 2008-04-29. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  13. ^ "American Idol News. Battle Over Song Choices for Neil Diamond Week. | Pond Culture". Retrieved 2011-04-16.