Before reassembling in 1968 as the Groundhogs, the version of the band record nerds and smart longhairs worship, and a couple years before the Herbal Mixture, the Groundhogs were the back up group for the last week of John Lee Hooker's 1964 UK tour. They were tapped when John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers weren't available. GAH! Which, obviously, is how they ended up being called John Lee's Groundhogs. The Groundhogs were playing out as the Groundhogs prior to backing Hooker, but backing Hooker must have been their dream. They were already Hookerheads, the band's name is derived from a John Lee Hooker song, "Groundhog's Blues." In addition to Hooker, who they again backed twice on 1965 tours, they also backed Little Walter and Jimmy Reed for UK tours as well. Anyways, as John Lee's Groundhogs the group had two 45s, including this one on Planet from early 1966.
(sigh) FINE. This is not really a proper GARAGE record, but a good Mod record. Mods, pilled up London Modernists, not the Quadrophenia style punters or guys with Byrds' bowlcuts, wanted to hear authentic American soul and Modern jazz, exclusively. Mod, the term, was revised early on, in the '60s, to mean "'60s pop," like, for pop music, movies and teen fashions, not at all what the term meant when it was underground. As soul was vanguard in 1965 there are many example of English groups trying to pull off something akin to American soul, but they usually couldn't nail it. However, they did end up producing a real specific stylized and swinging sound. Thing is, none of the Mods at the time took much notice, they were listening to black-American music while radio was geared towards pop. And when these R&B bands played live they often didn't take chances with self penned songs, they played soul/R&B covers to keep the kids dancing. In most cases the only testimony to this Mod sound are the records. Oh, John Lee's Groundhogs also had another 45, US only I believe, issued on Interphon, "Shake It" b/w "Rock Me" and they recorded a UK only album with Hooker, Hooker & the Hogs, it's good.