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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

It's November 13th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - The Pictorian Skiffuls

Posted by on Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Occasionally there'll be a song which grabs ahold of me and wrecks all other songs I might hear for weeks thereafter. The Pictorian Skiffuls' "In Awhile" is one of them jams! I LOVE it's catchy guitar lead and the driving pace...OH YEAH!

Originally known as the Vondels the Pictorian Skiffuls were a British "Invasion" style group from Dayton, OH. Through various line-ups, and musical evolutions, they lasted till the mid-'70s, tho for a bit were known as Dixie Peach.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

It's November 12th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - The Glass Opening

Posted by on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Here is a classic track off'a the FIRST Girls In The Garage compilation, the Glass Opening's "I'm On Your Prey!"

The Glass Opening are said to be an English band, or...uh, perhaps they were from Kentucky?! WHA? Well, they for sure have TWO 45s. The first, "I'm On Your Prey," was issued in the US on New World, but I can't confirm if there was ever an English issue (occasionally random UK sides WERE US exclusives, but not many). Their other 45 was the also cool: "All Those Lies." It was issued on Dondee, and again I can't suss an English issue, much less any other ties to the UK.

Monday, November 11, 2013

It's November 11th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - Al Quick and The Masochists

Posted by on Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 5:55 PM

This is a cool instrumental soundtrack side from a movie called The Sadistic Hypnotist. The movie was released in 1969, but the song sounds as if was recorded earlier. Well, maybe; the fuzz and keys together indicate the song is a bit late in the "garage" spectrum. Still, "Theme From The Sadistic Hypnotist" IS slightly mysterious AND, for all its movin', it really goes NOWHERE!

The Sadistic Hypnotist is indeed a movie; it sounds AMAZINGLY awful! Enjoy this very confusing synopsis of the "plot" I poached from the IMBD entry:

An unknown man sits alone in a cinema watching a movie. The movie is about Sylvester, a man who is kidnapped in a semi-conscious state by Wanda and her lover Greta from a car crash. They tie up him up in their bed. Wanda then hypnotizes him and has him whipped. Soon enough, she hypnotizes one of her women - the lesbian Zelda - to rape him. Greta then rapes him herself until her jealous lover Wanda catches her. Finally, an escaped mental patient breaks in and sets Sylvester free. Both men find Wanda's LSD stash and drug the women. When Sylvester tries raping Wanda, she manages to once again hypnotize him and then The Maniac, who is taken back to his institution. Wanda erases Sylvester's memories and sets him free. The man from the cinema has his car crashed and it is hinted it is now his fate to be kidnapped by Wanda and Greta.

Uh, so I have NO IDEA what any of that meant, but it sounds about right for the drive-in/sadist movie genre. As Sadistic Hypnotist is no doubt a highly rated "best of the worst" kinda exploitation film, I can only imagine what other cool, yet fucked-aup, jams could be lurking on the soundtrack.

Friday, November 8, 2013

It's November 8th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - The Psychotics

Posted by on Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Dig this bit of swagger and, uh, what a title: "If You Dont Believe Me, Don't." To me, this sounds like a misguided tough guy's version of a tender ballad; it'd also be the song which would send the entire dance floor outside to smoke.

The Psychotics were from Coopersville, Michigan, a town West of Grand Rapids. They later became Warren Peace! "If You Dont Believe Me, Don't" was the Psychotics' only single.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

It's November 7th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - Jose Salcy

Posted by on Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 5:01 PM

GAH!! I can't stop diggin' these Euro killers, (sigh) I just can't leave France!!

Goddamn, what a GROOVY arrangement. So this feller, Jose Salcy, is ANOTHER French pop star and, from what I can tell, he had a solid few years worth of a career stretching into the '70s. As a pop singer, most of his catalog is pop; "Les Filles-Chats (Miaou-Miaou)" is prolly his best jam.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

It's November 6th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - Michel Polnareff

Posted by on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Its been a couple months since I was on a French kick, so TODAY, I'm gonna return to France and let y'all dig this jam from pop singer Michel Polnareff.

Polnareff was a relevant pop star in Europe till the mid-'80s or so. He has a catalog of 45s, EPs, soundtracks, and LPs as long as my right arm. 1966's "Time Will Tell" was recorded in the UK and co-written with Keith Reid, later of Procol Harum. It has also been a '60s club classic for a couple decades now, what with it's go-go pace, charming falsetto, and fuzz.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

It's November 5th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - The Remains

Posted by on Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 5:15 PM

I guess, as there was some kinda sports award awarded to a Boston team recently, I oughta write about a garage band based in Boston during the mid-'60s. Yeah? Well, then dig the Remains!

The Remains were a top-shelf group from Boston, Mass. They could PLAY and WRITE, which got 'em noticed; they toured with the Beatles on the Beatles' last US tour during the Summer of '66!! In all they had a handful of 45s AND were afforded an album, but never charted any of their sides in the Top 100. My favorite Remains songs is a B-side, "Say You're Sorry"; it's kinda Stonesy, I guess. My second favorite is "Why Do I Cry." Oh, and they also do a killer version of Bo Diddley's "Diddy Wah Diddy." Members William Briggs and Gary Tashian were part of an early lineup of the Flying Burrito Brothers. Tashian later moved to Nashville and was a studio player and songwriter. The Remains have reformed occasionally since the late '90s and even recorded again in the mid-oughties.

Monday, November 4, 2013

It's November 4th, 2013 and You're in a Rad Garage Band - The Outcasts

Posted by on Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Like '60s pop and beat in France was called ye ye , garage/beat from Japan was called Group Sounds. This group, the Outcasts, were part of that Group Sound!

The Outcasts' "You Gat a Call Me" was taken from their record, and from what I can tell, they only had one record. Also their version of "Everything's Alright," fucking rips. They're a Japanese band, but I have no other info on 'em, sadly, 'cause they are prolly one of the better GS groups I've heard. Prior the British influence most GS groups had been slogging away, playing instrumental music—they were very proficient, but their skill, and often too cleanly produced records, sometimes rendered their jams a bit soulless.

Friday, November 1, 2013

It's November 1st, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - The Syndicats

Posted by on Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 5:30 PM

The Syndicats were a beat group from North London working under the charges of Joe Meek!

They had three 45s on Columbia, ALL of which were recorded/produced by Joe Meek, including the killer "Howlin' For My Baby." The band also included guitarsonist Steve Howe, who'd later play with the In Crowd, Tomorrow, and Yes.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

It's October 31st, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - Link Wray and His Wray Men

Posted by on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 5:56 PM


Link Wray and His Wray Men pretty much set the standard for badass rock and roll, the pose, the look, AND the riffs. Oh, and he prolly invented the "power chord." Sadly, he died in 2005.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

It's October 30th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - The Rationals

Posted by on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 5:40 PM

The Rationals were an Ann Arbor, Michigan group, contemporaries of the Motor City Five and Psychedelic Stooges. They were something of an R&B/blue-eyed soul group...

They were quite prolific, recording more than ten 45s on a handful of local and Midwestern labels and an LP on Crewe. Their version of "Respect," I think recorded before Ms. ReRe took the song, set them up for stardom, but in the end it only made #92 nationally. Oh yeah, beside being blue-eyed soul boys, they could be rock 'n' roll agitators too, singin' 'bout a "Guitar Army" 'n' shit. I'm sure that kinda jam made Detroit local Bob Seger a little jealous. Member Scott Morgan would later join up with Fred "Sonic" Smith in Smith's amazing Sonic's Rendezvous Band.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

It's October 29th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - The Afex

Posted by on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Here we have the Afex anglo-izing "She's Got the Time," a slightly West Coast influenced, er...paced, track originally by American group the Poor.

This was the Afex's only 45—that is until last year, when the Acid Jazz label issued a four-song EP. They also reformed for a few shows to coincide with the EP release.

Monday, October 28, 2013

It's October 28th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - The All Night Workers

Posted by on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Lou Reed's initial attempts at becoming a rock musician were somewhat exploitative; after he moved to NYC, he was employed by the budget/exploitation label Pickwick. Um, by now we've all heard "The Ostrich," right? Well, have you heard the All Night Workers? It's Reed's first writer credit and perhaps first recorded collaboration with future partner John Cale.

It's not a bad Righteous Bothers nick and it certainly foreshadows the swirlling drones later heard in the Velvet Underground.

Friday, October 25, 2013

It's October 25th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - The Hugger Muggers

Posted by on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 4:37 PM

I picked today's group, the Hugger Muggers, entirely based on their band name. That is not to say I picked blindly; their version of the Rascals' "Come On Up" is worthy. Just dig that middle guitar's badass.

This group was from Norway; I suspect this may have been their only 45.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

It's October 23rd, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - The Animals

Posted by on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 5:01 PM

The Animals should need no introduction; this band of Newkies were one of the earliest and most important English R&B groups of the early '60s. They were never really a beat or pop group; even when they were "nice" they were still quite raw. And you can see and hear that rawness in this live clip!! I can't see for looking exactly which TV show this was sourced from, but it ain't lip-synced!! I'm not sure how they got the nod to play live as most bands didn't. Damn, is this a fantastic showing; I'm impressed how organist Dave Rowberry carries this song.

This single was issued in mid-1966 and I can't imagine it being played on American radio. It is really powerful, the syncopation and dynamics are remarkable...I can't imagine this song sandwiched between the pop shlock and a lot of the rock stuff that peppered contemporary radio back then.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

It's October 22nd, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - The Eyes

Posted by on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Listening to this and not knowing it was a German band called the Eyes, no NOT THE UK GROUP the EYES, you might reckon this to be an Everly Brothers demo/outtake. Or not, but it does sound American... atmospheric and forlorn.

This group is said to have been from Bad Homburg (Hesse?!), and as far as I can suss, this track is a live recording; it was on the Hessischen Beat-Festival 1967 LP. They also had two more tracks on the LP, "I Take What I Want" and "6-3-4-5-7-8-9." I think those three tracks represent their entire recorded catalog. I only know the group from the Prae-Kraut Pandaemonium series; their "A Stitch In Time" was included on volume 8.

Monday, October 21, 2013

It's October 21st, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - The Mexican Jumping Beans

Posted by on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Dig this driving beater from a not-so-smartly-(re)named Mexican group.

The Mexican Jumping Beans were actually a Mexico City, Mexico, group called Los Loud Jets. Uh, and I can only imagine they were renamed the Mexican Jumping Beans in a bid to market them in the US. From what I can dig up, they only issued the one American 45. As Los Loud Jets, the band reformed in 1979 and have been playing ever since.

Friday, October 18, 2013

It's October 18th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - Thee Midniters

Posted by on Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 5:16 PM

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By the mid-'90s, East LA's Thee Midniters had kinda been forgotten, even by the garage nerds, till they were reintroduced via Cyrpt's Teenage Shutdown series; in fact, their "Jump, Jive, And Harmonize" kicked that series off, BIG TIME. GOD-DAMN, that jam is fucking HUGE! Anyway, Thee Miditers were prolific as a mofo, four albums and more than 20 45s, and were all over the map stylistically. They played rock, soul, and pop. Uh, "pop" like POP standards, à la "Strangers In The Night." Which to garage nerds is square as fuck, but at the time there was a pressure to be legit and adult, super-club style. And that, y'all, is why there are them lame Mowtown/Tamla pop standards albums. The band routinely turned in versions of solid soul sides, they killed, DEAD, Baby Washington's "It'll Never Be Over For Me," lowrider group sounds like "Are You Angry," and dished out a pounding with, now a Northern Soul classic, "You're Gonna Make Me Cry." At the time, outside of East LA, they were best known for their versions of "Land Of 1000 Dances" and better yet, "Whittier Blvd." Man, what a groover. Thee Midniters are still active today and you can find a couple Best Of compilations also, if you go lookin'.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

It's October 17th, 2013 And You're in a Rad Garage Band - The Noblemen

Posted by on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 5:08 PM

I can only assume Santa Claus brought the guitar player from this group, the Noblemen, a SuperFuzz™ pedal for Cuh-rish-mash!! CRUNCHY riff, brah!!

The Noblemen, one of about fifteen known bands known as the Noblemen, were from Chicago. Also: I dunno if Santa REALLY exists, so I don't know if the guitar player REALLY got a SuperFuzz™ pedal for Cuh-rish-mash. I just want to believe.

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