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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

It's January 23rd, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - GFY - The Zakary Thaks

Posted by on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 6:13 PM

The Zakary Thaks were a Texas group and, based on the weight of their jams and how they were tapped to open for EVERY big-time group on tour, I'd reckon they were the bosses of Corpus Christi. I have written about 'em before; in 2002 I reviewed a collection Form the Habit, issued on Beat Rocket/Sundazed. It's good. My two favorite tracks are "Can You Hear Your Daddy's Footsteps" and "Face To Face." It's hard to imagine "Can You Hear Your Daddy's Footsteps," tho' a 'B' side, getting pressed today. It's brutal...the boys wants his father DEAD for being an abusive asshole.

Their "A' side "Face To Face" is a garage-pop track that shoulda charted them a national Top-10 hit, it's fantastic...genius pop hooks on toppa Jeff Beck-studied fuzz guitar.

The closest they got to national exposure was via their first single "I Need You"—yes, the Kinks song, b/w "Bad Girl." The single was first issued on local J-Beck label, charted locally, and reissued on Mercury, for national distribution. They split in 1970.


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