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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

It's August 28th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - The Standells

Posted by on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 5:37 PM

The Standells, another one of those "entry level/garage 101" bands, were formed in Los Angeles, California in the early '60s. Early on they were a club band, so they were a bit stock sounding and mostly played covers. You can hear their 1964 set via their first LP, The Standells In Person At P.J.'s. It's not a bad album, just a bit tight-laced. It wasn't until a few months later, in 1965, they hit their stride when they signed with Tower and recorded their single "Dirty Water." After that they were kept quite busy, touring, recording four albums, appearing in a couple films, Get Yourself A College Girl and Riot On Sunset Strip, and doing some TV work; they were the Love Bugs on the Bing Crosby Show and played themselves on The Munsters!! They also did some soundtrack work for TV's Ben Casey, the Connie Francis movie Follow the Boys, and performed the title songs for the films Zebra In The Kitchen and Riot On Sunset Strip. Dag. They split in 1968, but have been on again off again since. Currently they are on and have an album, Bump, due out soon; the first new material recorded in 45 years.

Their punkest '60s track is the title track to the film Riot On The Sunset Strip!

My fave Standells track tho' is prolly "Rari," the flip to their hit "Dirty Water."

Oh, y'all mohawked nerds might recognize their "Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White" from the Minor Threat version, as heard on the Salad Days EP.


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Thanks for the kind words. The new album was released August 9th, and has been receiving 'rave reviews. As one DJ stated:

Stu Robins, WBAI-FM 99.5, New York , August 24, 2013
“I think you guys hit it out of the park.! (The album) covered a lot of ground…it stays true to your roots, and really in some ways brings me back, but it also brings me forward.”
Posted by Standells on August 29, 2013 at 10:26 AM · Report this
Nice article, however we don't quite understand the terminology ""entry level/garage 101" bands". A lot of people don't realize that the Standells had been together for FOUR years, before making "Dirty Water". The term "garage rock" didn't exist until several decades later. As far as we know, the Standells are considered one of the "pioneers of garage rock".…
We've tried to stay true to our roots in the new Standells album "Bump", which is now available on
Posted by Standells on August 29, 2013 at 11:14 AM · Report this
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I use the phrase "entry level" as a reference for the kids TODAY who haven't looked back far enough in the past to understand the roots of (what passes as) contemporary garage. It's a nod to a band such as the Standells for being one of a handful of seminal bands EVERYONE should know, especially garage kids, before grabbing on some obscure period band and not understanding the context of what bands were FIRST and/or carried the most weight.
Posted by nipper on August 29, 2013 at 5:45 PM · Report this
You missed the real story. How Larry Tamblyn stabbed lead singer Dick Dodd in the back and forced him out of the band. Larry pretends to be the lead singer but it was Dick Dodd who sang the bands biggest hits. One can only imagine how much better the new album would be if Dick had been a part of it.
Posted by ChipDouglas on August 31, 2013 at 2:52 PM · Report this
On both of the above links, that is Dick Dodd singing lead. Thanks to Larry we will NEVER hear that again.
Posted by ChipDouglas on August 31, 2013 at 6:19 PM · Report this

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