26 April, 2008



26. LOS NEGATIVOS - 'Moscas Y Aranas' / Un Dia Especial' (Victoria VIC-301) 1986

Brilliant cover to compliment an outstanding 45. This band were the business all right. They had obvious 60s influences but added a mix of their own and sound very similar to my all time favourites from Australia The Stems.

'Moscas Y Aranas' powers along at a high tempo with piping organ, loud bass and cool guitars slashing all over the place. The flip 'Un Dia Especial' is more of a guitar psych trip with a 'modern' production sound. If I was to compare it I'd have to line it up alongside those cool early Rain Parade records.

This 45 will be a hard one to locate but fortunately both songs were taken from their album 'Piknic Caleidoscopico'...Unfortunately, when this does come up for sale you'll have to fork out about $100.... I'm sure I read a couple of years ago that a Negativos collection on CD was in the works?

25 April, 2008


 27. LOS NEGATIVOS - 'Pasando El Tiempo' / 'No Soy Yo La (Psicoastenia)' (Victoria VIC-303) 1986

I'm staying in Spain for a few more 45s by a band from Barcelona called Los Negativos. They were a big hit in Spain but nowhere else and are largely unknown and their first couple of garage pop singles are now sought after and hard to find.

'Pasando El Tiempo' is a commercial pop song with jangle, it's pleasant enough but the flip 'No Soy Yo La (Psicoastenia)' is a brooding garage pop side with immediate appeal.
It's gotta be said that they had a pretty good 60s psych image as well.


28. LOS FLECHAZOS - Los Flechazos EP (Detour Records DR043) 1996

I wrote about this cool Spanish mod band months ago, check out the archives. This time I'll highlight their 'must get' four track EP released by small indie label Detour Records.

All songs are sung in English which is a big help for me cos I don't know the Spanish lingo and I ain't got a clue what they're singing about. Two of the songs are Flechazos originals written by band leader Alejandro Diez, although the mod rocker 'Pretty Sight Of Sorrow' is co-written by bass player Paco Vila.

The two covers are interesting. They tackle 'Good Thing' in a good way but it can't match the original Paul Revere and the Raiders version. But their attempt at 'Dream In My Mind' is a killer. For those of you who don't know the song it was originally done by English freakbeat legends Rupert's People.

Plus points also must go to Detour Records for the excellent cover (front and back)....

One More Try
Good Thing
Pretty Sight Of Sorrow
Dream In My Mind

24 April, 2008



29. THE LAZY SUNDAYS - 'A Shade In The Light' / 'Gong With The Luminous Nose' (Subterfuge Records) 1996

Out of the Madrid warmth come The Lazy Sundays. I rate this 45 as their best for a few reasons. First of all the cover graphics are fantastic and the sleeve is made of very thick card, just like those mid 60s English EPs.

Also because the top side, 'A Shade In The Light' an original by Christophe Albero & Juan Ribas, is a psychedelic delight with 'skying', a trippy hammond solo and gritty psych lead guitar.
The other side is a memorable cover of The Fleur De Lys song 'Gong With The Luminous Nose'.

The other reason to add this record to your collection is that 'Gong With The Luminous Nose' is only available on this single. It was not on their album 'The Texture And The Flavour'....

Gig photos of The Lazy Sundays sent to me by a Facebook friend.

23 April, 2008



31. THE TRYFLES - '(Had Enough Of) Your Lies' / 'When I See That Guy' (Midnight Records MID-4513) 1985

One of my favourite bands of the 80s were the awesome Headless Horsemen led by bassist/singer/songwriter Peter Stuart. Well, that talented musician's earlier band had been the rather crude and primitive sounding Tryfles from New York.

I'm saying crude because I don't think the mediocre production helped much. If you dig crude and primitive The Tryfles are for you.

The tunes on both sides are rips of 60s garage bands. 'When I See That Guy' pinches The 13th Floor Elevators most famous opening riff....

THE TRYFLES - (Had Enough Of) Your Lies

20 April, 2008



32. VIBRASONIC - 'Don't Leave Me Tired' / 'The Unloved Insane' (Target Records TGT006) 1992

Both sides of this record are trippy mind blowers with fuzz, sitar, distortion and eerie sound effects. I'm amazed that a band could get this sort of sound in 1991 when it was recorded.

The Vibrasonic were just two English musicians, Victor K. Fitch and Simon Paul Jones although the strangely named Dr Daryl Bowers played organ on 'The Unloved Insane'....
This is psychedelia of the highest order.



33. LES INCAPABLES - '1234 Succes' EP (Teen Sound 004) 1997

Here's a wonderful record for all of you vinyl hounds out there to track down. It was one of the earliest outings on Italian Teen Sound Records outta Rome so may be a tricky one to add to your collection.

Les Incapables were a Montreal, Canadian garage band that had a liking for their garage punk to be mixed with surf. The added touch of a spooky Vox continental organ gave their sound an authentic '66 style. Plus the playing is of a crude nature. If someone ever gets around to compiling a 90s Back From The Grave compilation this band would be on it.

tracks on EP:

Pauvre Fou

19 April, 2008


34. THE INDIKATION - 'Tu Manipule Ma Tete' / 'Jaqueline' / 'Indikation Ye Ye' (Larsen LZ 068) 2002

Sadly The Indikation broke up in 2007 but at least they left three incredible 45s and a pretty good album behind. Their singles are really where the action is though. This was their first 45 on the French label Larsen.

The Indikation hailed from Norway but the top side of this record 'Tu Manipule Ma Tete' is sung in French. It's a mod mover with a commercial beat that could easily have been accepted by the kids if they ever knew where to find decent music.
'Jacqueline' follows in similar mode but is perhaps not as instant on first listen but repeated plays make this another strong track.

'Indikation Ye Ye' is a swingin' instrumental in Small Faces style and it's this track I'm putting forward as the crowd pleaser. Buy this EP if you ever see it for sale but it's now a hard one to score.



35. THE BACKDOOR MEN - "Going Her Own Way" / "Dance Of The Savages" (FAB Records BM-S 002) 1986

This was Swedish band The Backdoor Men's second and last 45. Robert Jelinek and Hans Ingemansson would later reform as The Creeps.
'Going Her Own Way' written by chief songwriter Ingemansson is a 12 string jangle delight and reminds me of those cool pop ballads by The Rolling Stones circa 1965/66...

The other side 'Dance Of The Savages' is a surf punk instrumental showing their garage side. This one has a strange opening of backwards tapes. The organ led pounder hints at the sound The Creeps would adopt on their fabulous debut album. Sounds a whole lot like The Prisoners.

Not only did The Backdoor Men have the songs they also had the 'way-out' image to back up their greatness......

18 April, 2008



36. THE ESCALATORS - 'The Munsters Theme' / 'Monday' (Big Beat NS87) 1983
London's Escalators were the alter-ego of psychobilly band The Meteors.... Psychobilly sucked big time and was unfortunately popular in England for about a year until people realised how shit it was.

Thankfully, The Meteors got a little bit of garage in their soul first with a cover of The Electric Prunes 'Get Me To The World On Time' under the guise of The Clapham South Escalators (Clapham South is a London Tube Station) then they released this Munsters Theme cover as simply The Escalators.

17 April, 2008


37. THE VELVET CRUSH - 'Gentle Breeze' / 'Party Line' (demo) / 'On My Side' (Bobsled 15) 2000

Under-rated band The Velvet Crush released this three song CD single on Bobsled Records. 'Gentle Breeze' is taken from their album 'Free Expression' but the other two tracks are only available here. Pleasingly all cuts are in MONO. Seems strange that a modern band would do such a thing.

The music is mellow country rock with a definate late 60s Byrds feel, their earlier work is much more indie rock with jangle. By the time of this release The Velvet Crush were down to a duo of Paul Chastain and Ric Menck. Production duties were by Matthew Sweet......DIG IT!!!!

14 April, 2008



38. THE STAIRS - 'Weed Bus' EP (Go Discs GODCD 63) 1991

Here's a first for 'Flower Bomb Songs'. The first ever YouTube video uploaded to my blogspot. Hope you all dig it.
Back in 1991 there wasn't a lot of new bands to listen to in England. However, a four piece Liverpudlian set were. Perhaps The Stairs were our best kept secret, not that 'Weed Bus' (a song about smoking pot) would ever get played on the radio!

This 4 song CD single is now very rare and sought after. All tracks are worth a listen. My favourite is probably the jangly 'Flying Machine'...

The Stairs only ever recorded in MONO and on this promo video they sound like The Rolling Stones but look like The Chocolate Watch Band. A mix that couldn't possibly fail...but somehow it did.

13 April, 2008


39. THE BREADMAKERS - "Continental Cool" EP (Farniente Records 001) 1996

If you dig your R&B authentic without the influence of garage look no further than The Breadmakers from Victoria, Australia. It's a shame that they chose a crap name for their band and an even bigger shame that the cover of this EP is second rate. Just as well that the music contained within is excellent.

The musicianship and production stand out as does the best song on the EP 'Searchin' For Cool'... if The Breadmakers were searchin' for cool they definitely found it with this song and EP as a whole.


Searchin' For Cool
Bordeaux Wine
Yeah Yeah Baby
Blues For An Olive


40. THE UNHEARD - 'Don't You Stand In My Sunshine' / 'I Don't Believe' / 'I Don't Want Anything But You' (Kavern 7 Records K7-007) 1987

Continuing my trip through the dark recesses of my record collection, post 1975 releases, I pulled this three song EP out of an Australian box.... The Unheard were a group of four garage teen punks and their record was probably 'unheard' in the late 80s.

I dig the fact that they preferred to have a picture of a tone-bender fuzz box on the front cover of their record, with a very small pic of themselves on the back of the sleeve. And it's for that reason I'm giving them number 40 slot on my 'Flower Bomb Songs' Top 50 chart.

All three songs are fuzz punkers with barely a tune to write home about. 'I Don't Believe' is perhaps their best.

12 April, 2008



41. THE POPPEES - 'Jealousy' / 'She's Got It' (Line Records 6.14383) 1985

This copy is the re-issue on German label Line Records (they also released those Mindrocker compilations). This 45 originally came out on Bomp Records in 1978.

'Jealousy' is a merseybeat influenced rocker displaying their obvious love for Hamburg era Beatles. There's plenty of 'Yeah, Yeah, Yeah's' and a cool guitar break. The other side is a cover of Little Richard's 1956 song 'She's Got It'.... Both sides of the disc were produced by Flamin' Groovies Cyril Jordan.

I once read that The Poppees could have been contenders but they blew their chance with a major label (Sire) and split up shortly after in late '78.



42. THE ULTRA 5 - Back In The Savage Garden EP (Zebrah Records ZR 003) 1996

The Ultra 5 were similar sounding to their major influences The Fuzztones. Judging by their attire they also shared the same bag of skulls, voodoo beads, monsters and graphic design ideas.

This four track EP has it's moments and it's here because they covered 'The Streets Of Your Town' originally done by Country Joe And The Fish on their 1968 LP 'Together'.... Any band that covers a Barry Melton song deserve my attention.

tracks on EP:

Hit & Run
Right Is Wrong
Down Below
The Streets Of Your Town

The Ultra 5 were from New York but this was a release on a small Belgium label, limited to 500 copies. 

Ultra 5 chick plays with her organ.

11 April, 2008

THE PLIMSOULS - A Million Miles Away


43. THE PLIMSOULS - 'A Million Miles Away' / 'I'll Get Lucky' (Shaky City Records BMP 134) 1981
Undeniably great Rickenbacker enhanced jangler by The Plimsouls. They had been around since the late 70s but 'A Million Miles Away' dates from 1981. It featured in a movie from '83 called 'Valley Girl'....not much into non 60s films (unless the late great John Candy makes an appearance) so I've never seen it.

The Plimsouls circa 1980 (found this on 'punkturns30' blogspot).

10 April, 2008



44. THE MAKERS - Here Comes Trouble EP (Estrus ES744) 1993

Crude three track EP from Spokane, Washington band The Makers. Every bit as rabid and badly recorded as some of those original North West 60s bands. They sure look the part on the cover with their neat white jackets, black jeans and beatle boots.

It must have been a sight when they turned up for gigs in the 1965 Pontiac hearse (pictured)
The Estrus label on the 45 proclaims 'Estrus High Fidelity'. The music on the disc is anything but 'high fidelity'...it's lo-fi garage rock and roll, Back From The Grave style. I'm sure that's what they were aiming for anyway.

The highlight for me is the track 'Nobody Gonna Break My Soul'...it's a perfect '66 style punker.

tracks on EP:

I Can't Stand It
The Mantis
Nobody Gonna Break My Soul

09 April, 2008



45. THE LEATHER NUN - Desolation Ave EP (Wire Records WRMS 007) 1985

Here's another instance where I only own one record by a band. I've never even heard anything else by Swedish band The Leather Nun. I did go to one of their gigs in 1986 but can't remember a thing. Mustn't have been that impressed.

I plucked this 12" EP from the shelves today and remembered why I probably paid to go and see them. 'Son Of A Good Family' is great punk rock. It's a mix in equal measure of The Stooges with The Ramones but with a half spoken half sung Lou Reed vocal delivery.

The Leather Nun named themselves after a London stripper and once shocked their audience by showing a porno movie at a concert. They didn't do this at the gig I went to otherwise I would have remembered!! 

Concert ticket from 04/11/86

songs on EP:

On The Road
Son Of A Good Family
Desolation Avenue (full length version)

THE MINDERS - Right As Rain

46. THE MINDERS - 'Right As Rain' / 'Up And Away (Earworm 38) Sept 1999

I've got a few 45s by The Minders, I've even bought 'Hooray For Tuesday' LP but don't know a great deal about them other than they hail from Portland, Oregon.
'Right As Rain' is my favourite Minders song simply because of the use of the Echoplex.

08 April, 2008


47. REDD KROSS - 'Mess Around' (Way 6066 CD single) 1997

Long time going band from Los Angeles or are they? I've not read anything about them since the album 'Show World' in 1997. This was a single lifted from that fine album which is full of modern day rock songs played with bags of melody and pop hooks.



48. THE REVOLVING PAINT DREAM - Flowers In The Sky' / 'In The Afternoon' (Creation 002) Feb 1984

I can still remember buying this record from a shop in Sunderland. I probably bought it during the week it was released, which according to information from an online source was 25th February 1984.

Only 1000 were produced and is rare and sought after. It featured Andrew Innes who went onto Primal Scream, Christine Wanless and the Jasmine Minks' Dave Musker on keyboards. The wraparound picture sleeve was printed by Bobby Gillespie also later to be in Primal Scream and the sleeves were folded by Alan McGhee himself as was typical of all the first twenty 'Creation' 7" releases.

'Flowers In The Sky' is a frenzy of guitar feedback and distortion. It's certainly psychedelic and this sound was ahead of it's time especially in England. The Rain Parade and The Dream Syndicate were experimenting with this kind of psych in USA around about the same time I suppose but I'd heard nothing like it in my country.

The grass is green in the fields for you
The grass is green in the fields
Its red and green, its orange and blue
The grasses are there for you (cause I love you)

The flip 'In The Afternoon' is more of the same trippy psychedelia. It could almost be an extension of the top side but this time the vocals are female.

One for the shoegazers.....

07 April, 2008



49. THE CLIENTELE - '(I Want You) More Than Ever' / 6 A.M. Morningside' (Elefant Records ER-217) Dec 1999

Whilst I take my leave from the 60s for the next couple of months I'm gonna post fifty 45s that were released after 1975 that I recommend. I've got good taste and an ear for coolness so fear not my regular readers this ain't gonna be the 'end' of Renaissance Fair, more of a journey into the unknown (maybe).

In at number 49 is this marvelous record by English band The Clientele. It's the only record or CD I own by them (not sure why I've not investigated further??) Anyway i was in one of the local record shops in Newcastle and bought this as a new release back in 2000. Not that I knew what to expect or anything, I just took a liking for the cover....

(I Want You) More Than Ever is a very fresh sounding melancholic pop tune that brings those special Curt Boettcher songs to mind. This has a lovely melody, really beautiful.

The flip '6 a.m. Morningside' is just as good, perhaps even more mournful. It comes across like a mix of 'Sunday Morning' (Velvets) with 1968 period Donovan.

The Clientele sound 60s and they probably don't even mean to.


50. THE KLIEK - 'Sandra' / 'House Of Stone' (Twang! Records TS 130662) 1992

I'm not sure if these scary cats wearing those even scarier clothes would entice the random record buyer into purchasing this 45. Just look at how that top hat tries to evade the blokes head sitting centre. The last time I saw a top hat that small it was racing around a monopoly board.

Fortunately I knew all about The Kliek. They just happened to be the best Dutch beat group since the 60s. 'Sandra' is a beat punk offering and at 2:19 is a short blast of coolness. It was written by singer Robert Muter, who would later form his new band Kek '66 after the demise of The Kliek.

The flip 'House Of Stone' is a cover of The Grass Roots garage punker from 1966. Couldn't possibly compete with the original but it's a pleasant blast. Almost note for note interpretation. Could have done with more fuzz though.

06 April, 2008

THE EQUALS - I Can See But You Don't Know

The EQUALS - 'I Can See But You Don't Know' / 'Gigolo Sam' (President Records 6102201) 1970

The Equals were a fairly successful, racially mixed English 60s band who mixed ska/reggae with pop but towards the end of their career got a tad more freaky. Take this 45 for instance.

There's no way on earth 'I Can See But You Don't Know' could have been a hit record. Although recorded in June 1970 it sounds like a relic from the underground scene from '66. It's a fuzzed up killer with constant handclaps and a raunchy backbeat. Must have sounded pretty damned dangerous for the times. (late 1970 was a barren desert of long haired prog rock and weird theatrical bollocks...

It has been compiled before in dubius fidelity on Electric Sugar Cube Flashback Volume 2.
The flip is 'Gigolo Sam' and this one does sound like it belongs in the early 70s. It's got proto glam rock riffs and dumb lyrics. In other words it's GREAT but not as good as the top side.
Both sides were produced by Edward Kassner who set up President Records in 1966.
This is the Belgium picture cover release of this non hit wonder.

THE EQUALS - I Can See But You Don't Know

05 April, 2008



I put this CDR together way back in August 2005 and more or less forgot about it until a contact requested a copy a few months ago. As far as I remember I compiled this way back to offer someone as a trade for an old forum comp that I missed out on. Somehow it got around to a few other people?

Anyway the concept of this collection was simple. To re-discover or perhaps have someone enjoy for the first time high quality B-sides from 45s that were hits in England during the glory years of 1964-1967. Hence the subtitle 'Killer B's'....Plus at the time I thought my cover design (with the odd bit of tinkering in photoshop to make it look pop art) was cool as fuck...

Alas, the comp is not for trade so don't ask. It's been filed away in the distant past. But I'll upload 5 of my favourites as MP3s when I've got tyme....

HONEYBUS - Tender Are The Ashes MP3 (mono) 160 k-bit
'Tender Are The Ashes' was the maraca dominated mod movin' flip of hit 'I Can't Let Maggie Go'...this reached number 8 in England in March 1968...

MANFRED MANN - Funniest Gig MP3 (mono) 160 k-bit'Funniest Gig' was the pop psych delight that was the flip of Manfred Mann's 1967 flop 'So Long, Dad'...

NASHVILLE TEENS - Words MP3 (mono) 160 k-bit
By the time The Nashville Teens released the fuzz and R'n'B raunch 45 'That's My Woman' in mid 1966 the hits had dried up. This record bombed. 'Words' is the flip and is something of a departure in sound. Gone is the fuzz punk of earlier releases and is replaced by a mod/soul crossover that brings The Action to mind. This 45 was produced by the legendary Shel Talmy.

SMALL FACES - It's Too Late MP3 (mono) 160 k-bitReleased in November 1965, 'It's Too Late' was the flip of The Small Faces second single 'I've Got Mine'...This moody slice of mod failed to chart which was a surprise especially because the previous release 'Whatcha Gonna Do About It' got to 14 in the English charts.

The WHO - Daddy Rolling Stone MP3 (mono) 160 k-bitThe flip of the feedback drenched May 1965 hit 'Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere' was 'Daddy Rolling Stone'...those London mod kids not only had their purple pills but also a fucked up classy band full of pent up anger and frustration to call their own.


THE GOSPEL - 'Redeemer' / 'I Won't Be Sad Again' (Vanguard Apostolic VRS 35084) 1968

This 45 is a product of the late 60s religious vibe that seemed to be rubbing off on a whole load of rock musicians and hippies to varying degrees. It doesn't take much investigation on the label to know that this record will have some kind of message. After all the band is called The Gospel and the song is 'Redeemer'. Look a little bit deeper and the label is full of weird looking cherubs, the label itself is Vanguard Apostolic and the publishing company is Epiphany.
These guys were not on the road to following the Dark Side that's for sure.

The music on both sides of the disc is terrific. 'Redeemer' is a hippie psych gem with perfect musicianship. It's kind of loosely based on The Yardbirds tune 'Tune Into Earth' with that strange Gregorian(esque) vocal delivery.
The flip 'I Won't Be Sad' sounds much more in the traditional folk format with banjo and fiddle but the hippie laid back approach gives it a late 60s feel.

I dug out some info about the 45. Both songs were written and produced by John Townley. He had previously performed guitar duties in the impressive New York group The Magicians.
To my knowledge The Gospel have not been compiled before.

04 April, 2008


W.C. FIELDS MEMORIAL ELECTRIC STRING BAND - 'Hippy Elevator Operator' / 'Don't Lose The Girl' (HBR-507) October 1966

This was the first 45 of two by the strangely named W.C. Fields Electric String Band, although they did release a magical psychedelic record under the moniker of the easier to say ESB.

It took me a few years to get my copy of this cool one. It never seemed to show up on lists or on ebay but I've noticed it cropping up a couple of times recently so try and grab a copy if you can.

This band from L.A had talent of that there is no doubt. Two members Robert Zinner and George Caldwell had been in The Bees previously. I wrote about their 45 on Mirwood last year (check out the archives) Richard Fortunato joined from The Vejtables. So, as you can see, this band had pedigree.

'Hippy Elevator Operator' has a simple primitive beat, quite repetitive but I sure dig the lyrics. Back in '66 Los Angeles this particular 'hippy' was a swingin' young chick into narcotics. Check out the opening verse:

'Her Daddy's money was no good
A trip or two now when she could.
She left his place without a dime,
And got a job with lot's of time.
She's a hippy elevator operator'

The flip 'Don't Lose The Girl' is a moody slice of psychedelic punk.

HBR put out some great records and for my money this one is in the top 5.