29 August, 2008

THE HALLMARKS - Soul Shakin' Psychedelic Sally

THE HALLMARKS - 'Soul Shakin' Psychedelic Sally' / 'Girl Of My Dreams' (Smash S-2115) Aug 1967

Here's another 45 from the Bosshoss66 archives that I downloaded as a flac and saved the label shot about three years ago.

The Hallmarks, from Oceanport, New Jersey cut this tune as 'I Know Why' in '66 but it was never released, however, the acetate was compiled on Back From The Grave Volume 4.
The 'Grave' version sounds the same to my ears except for the 'groovy shit, like backward sound effects and psychedelic voice phasing' this is a quote taken from the liners.
According to the compiler he thought all that psych stuff destroyed the song.

In my opinion, all that 'groovy shit' makes this bubblegum punker better. Just wish the lead guitarist wasn't so inept. He tried his best Jeff Beck solo but failed after about three seconds.

THE HALLMARKS - Soul Shakin' Psychedelic Sally MP3 (320 kbps)

27 August, 2008


T.C. ATLANTIC - 'Faces' / 'Baby Please Don't Go' (Turtle T-1103) 1966

T.C. Atlantic were one of the most popular Minnesota club acts and judging by their Live album 'Live At The Bell Rae Ballroom' were pretty much a standard 60s rock band with the usual source material of cover versions.

Quite where 'Faces' came from then is a mystery as nothing in their repertoire even comes close to matching this awesome acid punker with it's raga guitar breaks and introspective lyrics. The first line kills. Simple yet very effective.

'Can you see what I see'


25 August, 2008

TEDDY AND HIS PATCHES - Suzy Creamcheese

TEDDY AND HIS PATCHES - 'Suzy Creamcheese' / 'From Day To Day' (Chance 668) 1967

Here's a disc from Bosshoss66. He put together an amazing 3 CD set of songs that were originally part of the long outta print and badly mastered compilation 'Psychedelic Disaster Whirl' as well as music that would have fit the same acid punk criteria had there been further volumes in the series.

TEDDY AND HIS PATCHES - Suzy Creamcheese MP3 (320kBits)

'Suzy Creamcheese' by San Jose band Teddy And His Patches is rightly regarded as an acid punk classic and really blows my mind every time I hear it. The flip 'From Day To Day' is another primitive punker and can be heard on Sixties Rebellion Volume 6.

Teddy And His Patches originally formed in San Jose by Teddy Flores Jnr. in 1964 but came to nothing. The name was derived from Flores eye patch worn as he had lost an eye from cancer.
Teddy Flores formed a new band in 1966 with Bernard Pearson (lead guitar), David Conway (keyboards), Steve "Herbie" Urbani (bass) and Steve Marley (drums). They enjoyed some local success and opened for bands such as The Doors and Moby Grape in San Jose.

In 1967 Conway and Jerry Ralston wrote a song called Suzy Creamcheese based on the opening dialogue from The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet which Ralston "borrowed". Conway later explained: "We had no clue who Frank Zappa was at that time."

The single "Suzy Creamcheese"/"From Day To Day" (Chance 668) was recorded by Grady O'Neil for his Chance label in San Jose and was released in February 1967 enjoying some local success.

Although the group was a "straight" band the song utilised all manner of psychedelic excess .

Another single followed: "Haight Ashbury"/"It Ain't Nothin'", (Chance 669) but the group had split up by the end of 1967. 

Thanks to http://www.united-mutations.com/t/teddypatches.htm for this info and band picture.

22 August, 2008


THE SWEET ACIDS - 'That Creature' / 'Gonna Live Another Day Or Two' (Unique Records 1940) March 1969

Weird and wonderful put down song from The Sweet Acids, a band name that has a very nice ring to it. 'That Creature' has a rather unique sound, being a mix of pop, psych with hints of bubblegum.

There probably wasn't many of these 45s pressed and the small local label Unique Records were based in Carrollton, Georgia. So maybe these Sweet Acids hailed from these parts? Who knows. Cool record though where ever they came from.

The flip 'Gonna Live Another Day Or Two' is a big let down following the greatness of the top side. Just  too souly for me.

19 August, 2008

THE STARFIRES - The Hardest Way

THE STARFIRES - 'The Hardest Way' / 'Something You've Got' (Yardbird 4006) 1967

This was the final single release by Los Angeles area band The Starfires who are perhaps best known for their 60s punk offering 'I Never Loved Her'.

As far as I know the plug side was the Chris Kenner cover 'Something You've Got'. It's not my idea of a listening experience. I just don't get this soul/R'n'B thing that's goin' down. Plus Chris Kenner was sent to prison in '68 for statutory rape of a minor so his songs can get played some place else.

The flip 'The Hardest Way' is much more in keeping with 'Renaissance Fair'. Check out the subtle fuzz guitar and general moodiness of the song. It's a grower.
The producer was Richie Allen Podolor who helped create killers by The Standells, The Chocolate Watch Band, Iron Butterfly and Steppenwolf.

Guitarist Sonny Lathrup went on to form three piece band Sweet Water in the late sixties.

THE STARFIRES - The Hardest Way

17 August, 2008


GRASSFIRE - 'Smell Of Incense' / 'Aunt Morley's Wheatcakes' (Steamboat) 1969

I don't know anything about Grassfire that I can say with accuracy. The buyer who sold me this 45 said that they were from Minnesota. However, the u-spaces group compiled 'Aunt Morley's Wheatcakes' on Psychedelic Arch Volume 7 and they claimed that the disc had a 1970 release and that Grassfire were from Superior, Wisconsin.
Hmmn, so if anyone out there knows for sure get in touch.....

'Smell Of Incense' is an even slower take than the original by West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band and less bombastic than the Southwest F.O.B. cover. I dig the cool guitar sound that Grassfire have laid down giving the song an acid psych touch.

The other side 'Aunt Morley's Wheatcakes' is rather a silly song title for an excellent psychedelic rocker. The song title conjures up some kind of twee pop psycher but it's not. This side really rocks out in a late sixties kinda way. Cool stuff all round.

14 August, 2008

dRAKE - On The Road To Mexico

dRAKE - 'On The Road To Mexico' / 'Glory Train' (Parrot 315) Feb 1967

Essential double sided 45 by dRAKE. It appears that this record was down to one man, namely Drake Levinshefski. He became famous as the lead guitarist in Paul Revere and the Raiders during their peak years of 1964-66.

Drake left the Raiders in April 1966 when he was called up to join the National Guard Unit. After he served his obligation he joined a band called The Brotherhood in 1967 releasing a couple of long players on RCA Victor. He also played on a wacked out acid album by Friendsound (or was it Joyride?)

Anyway, this solo 45 on Parrot seems to have been largely forgotten. This is a great shame because it's a psychedelic thrill ride. It's very well produced with exquisite instrumentation. There's subtle fuzz throughout culminating in some trippy backwards guitar on 'On The Road To Mexico'....I'm amazed this song is still uncompiled.

The flip 'Glory Train' is another laid back rock song that reminds me of early Spirit.

11 August, 2008

THE EX-CELS - Like A Dream

THE EX-CELS - 'Like A Dream' / 'Sorrow And Pain' (Coral 62482) April 1966

'Like A Dream' has a symplistic but memorable beat and sounds like a Troggs record. I haven't been able to find out much about the band other than the following:

According to Fuzz, Acid And Flowers The Ex-Cels were from Gloversville, New York. However, 'Like A Dream' was compiled on Sixties Rebellion Volume 1 and they suggested a Californian location.

'Sorrow And Pain' was listed as a 'DJ Spotlight' on the KAMP 1430 AM, El Centro Top 30 Survey on 13th April 1966. So maybe this is where the California connection came from.
Anyone know for sure?

UPDATE 26/09/11: Local rock historian Mike Johnson sent in some information about The Ex-Cels. He confirmed that they hailed from Gloversville, NY and were previously known as The Ashley Brothers.

THE Ex-Cels - Like A Dream

KAMP Sound Survey - April 1966

Billboard - April 1966

Mike Johnson from Gloversville, NY sent in this clipping of The Ex-Cels taken from the Leader Herald newspaper - courtesy of Kathi Dermott.

10 August, 2008



THE GRAINS OF SAND - 'She Needs Me' / 'That's When Happiness Began' (Valiant Records 736) Feb 1966

Totally cool double sided 45 from Los Angeles band The Grains Of Sand. They were popular around the South Bay area of LA even getting as far as San Francisco for some gigs at the famous Whisky A Go-Go.

Both sides of this disc were recorded at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood. According to bass player Richard Brand session supremo Hal Blaine laid down the drum beat. I've also read in Domenic Priore's 'Riot On Sunset Strip' book that Michael Lloyd and Kim Fowley were responsible for the production although no production credits are noted on the label.

'That's When Happiness Began' was covered by English band The Montanas and in Australia by Mike Furber and the Bowery Boys. The song itself was composed by Dick and Don Addrisi.

'She Needs Me' is a primitive punker with harmonica outbursts.

Picture of The Grains Of Sand taken from Mike Dugo's site. Check it out for an interview with Richard Brand. http://www.60sgaragebands.com/grainsofsand.html


NEAL FORD & The FANATICS - 'Gonna Be My Girl' / 'Shame On You' (Hickory 45-P-1433) Jan 1967

In their home City of Houston in Texas, Neal Ford & The Fanatics were a massive attraction. Indeed this 45 hit the number 1 spot in Houston at the end of January 1967.
At first the garage punker 'Shame On You' was cited as the plug side and was played on various radio stations in and around Houston.
But the so called flip 'Gonna Be My Girl' written by guitarist Jon Pereles started to get some plays as well and this song went down much better with the kids and so became the top side.

'Gonna Be My Girl' was the lead off track on Neal Ford & The Fanatics album on Hickory but curiously remains uncompiled after all these years!

08 August, 2008

FRONT PAGE NEWS - You Better Behave

FRONT PAGE NEWS - 'Thoughts' / 'You Better Behave' (Dial 4052) Jan 1967

Front Page News hailed from Tulsa, Oklahoma and before this cool double sided 45 was released they were known as The New Imperials. As the latter they played standard soul fare but as Front Page News their sound was a whole lot fuzzier.

'Thoughts' is a garage psycher with plenty of fuzz. The flip 'You Better Behave' is a short burst of garage pop with clattering tambourine and a fast tempo. The producer on this disc is the respected Edwin Greines. He also worked with The Penthouse Five and Word D.

Dial Records released a few other garage kicks, notably The Daybreakers 'Psychedelic Siren' and The What-Knots 'I Ain't Dead Yet', but the label was much more well known for it's soul output.

FRONT PAGE NEWS - You Better Behave

07 August, 2008


THE UNRELATED SEGMENTS - 'Story Of My Life' / 'It's Unfair' (HBR -514) Feb 1967

A group of teenagers (still in High School) from Michigan got together and formed a band. They named themselves The Unrelated Segments after guitarist John Torock heard the wording in his micro-economics class.

Within weeks they had cut several songs at United Sound Studios and a few months later in February 1967 this sought after 45 on HBR was released. 'Story Of My Life' was the top side and it became a hit in several American markets including Michigan and Ohio. In Toledo it reached number 3.
I've always thought 'Story Of My Life' was a little dull and pedestrian so I've uploaded the flip 'It's Unfair' instead.


04 August, 2008


I've been in regular contact with Ray Doern, the former bass player of 60s psych band The United Travel Service. They released two outstanding 45s during their brief existence. Check out the label scans and other information about the band in the March 2008 archives.

Ray sent me this snap shot of The United Travel Service months ago. It was taken at Milwaukie High School where the band performed sometime in 1967. (click on pic to enlarge)

Band members from left to right in the photo are:

Ben Hoff (vocals and lead guitar)
John Reeves (12 string guitar)
Dale Sweetland (drums)
Ray Doern (bass)

Ray also sent me this rather charming psychedelic poster painted by Dale Sweetland's then girlfriend in 1966. It's a great piece of memorabilia don't you think!
Ray has also been busy converting 3 reels of tape containing United Travel Service songs (some studio others rehearsals). Here's a song called 'Snow' they recorded but never released.

For more information and interviews with various UTS band members visit this web page....

03 August, 2008



 THE BASEMENT WALL - 'Never Existed' / Taste Of A Kiss' (Senate S-2109) June 1967

This talented band were from Baton Rouge, Louisiana although they laid down their sounds at Robin Hood Brians Studio in Tyler, Texas. Most of this recorded material was meant to be released on an album but the long player never saw the light of day.

Only this 45 on Senate was released in the 60s and it proved a massive success locally. 'Never Existed' is a garage pop classic with cool guitar/bass interplay over a simple beat. The liners of the Cicadelic 1985 Basement Wall collection state that Ronnie Weiss from Mouse and the Traps contributed guitar.

The flip 'Taste Of A Kiss' is a melodic Association style pop song.

The producer for the session was Wes Farrell. He was a songwriter of some repute having co-written 'Hang On Sloopy' recorded by The McCoys and 'Come On Down To My Boat' recorded by Every Mothers Son. Perhaps he's better known for writing songs for and producing many of The Partridge Family hits.

The Basement Wall:

Richard Lipscombe (guitar/vocals)
Terry Bourdier (bass) died 2012
George Ratzlaff (keyboards/vocals) died 2016
Barrie Edgar (drums)


02 August, 2008


DEL SHANNON - 'Stand Up' (Liberty Records) 1966

Del may be sporting his late 50s early 60s mutton chops and what must be the largest sunglasses in the world but that didn't stop him writing and recording the GREAT 'Stand Up' in December 1966.

It was never released in the 60s (the liners of the CD 'The Further Adventures Of Charles Westover' don't say why).....it's amazing that something sounding so 'radio friendly' was never released at the time.

The song was recorded at SRS Studio in Hollywood and produced by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart.
Tommy Boyce and Del Shannon would sadly commit suicide in the 90s by shooting themselves in the head.


Here's an earlier picture sleeve showing Del in slicked back hair mode and without the largest sunglasses in the world. Sleeve supplied by Jim Wynand.