28 September, 2009

THE CROME SYRCUS - Take It Like A Man

THE CROME SYRCUS - 'Take It Like A Man'/'Crystals' (Command 45-4111) 1968

This band of long hairs formed in Seattle but they later moved to San Francisco and did very well on the live circuit playing gigs with all the notable hippie bands. There is a live tape out there somewhere showcasing one of their gigs at The Avalon Ballroom in August 1968.

'Take It Like A Man' is notable for it's swirling keyboard opening before settling into a laid back groove. It was written by singer and bass player Lee Graham.

Graham also wrote the flip 'Crystals' which is full of lysergic lyrics. It's a strange song for sure with it's jazzy backbeat and acid rock guitar.

Quite what their label Command thought of this type of music is unknown. They normally released records by Ray Charles and Enoch Light Orchestra.

Wow, just check out the threads on these guys. I don't think the long kaftan was an 'off the peg' number.
line-up:
John Gaborit (guitar)
Lee Graham (vocals/bass)
Dick Powell (keyboards/harmonica)
Ted Shreffler (keyboards)
Rod Pilloud (drums)
Ted Shreffler later joined Seattle band Cannon Ball.

This article appeared in Billboard 6th January 1968.

19 September, 2009

DANNY BURK AND THE INVADERS - Ain't Going Nowhere

DANNY BURK & THE INVADERS - 'Ain't Going Nowhere'/'Till I'm Sure' (Ara 216) May 1966

Ignore the bad grammer on the song title on the label and concentrate on this blast of garage R&B from Danny Burk's band. They hailed from Memphis, TN and I'm sure would have gone down a storm at gigs with this raunchy rock music.

The flip 'Till I'm Sure' is much different but still has that British Invasion beat influence but at a much more gentle pace. It's got some nice sounding guitar with a very basic drum beat. It may not be dangerous enough for garage heads but I dig it nonetheless.

Danny was the younger brother of Tommy Burk who had an established band of his own called Tommy Burk and the Counts.

line-up:

Danny Burk (vocals/guitar)
Jimmie Crawford (lead guitar)
Eddie Sheridan (drums)
Van Gray (bass)

DANNY BURK & THE INVADERS - Ain't Going Nowhere

14 September, 2009

CHARLIE BROWN'S GENERATION - FAST RETREATIN' FEMALE




CHARLIE BROWN'S GENERATION - 'Fast Retreatin' Female'/'Trash' (Atco 45-6438) Sept 1966

A relatively unknown band from New York put together by funnily enough a guy called Charlie Brown. He originated from Columbus, Georgia but headed off to the Big Apple with some guitars to get into the music biz.

He formed his band Charlie Brown's Generation sometime in '66 and signed a one off deal with Atco Records to release this rather cool twin spin.

Diggin' around the internet months ago I found online, a copy of a magazine called Teenstar '69 and in among all the famous faces was a very small pic of Charlie's band revealing that they consisted of three longhairs and a square.

There ain't nothin' square about this music though!...it's got a fast pace with fuzz and has become a firm favourite of mine.




11 September, 2009

THE MERSEY MEN - I CAN TELL

 
 THE MERSEY MEN - 'I Can Tell' / 'Miss Ann' (Wild Woods WW 2001) July 1965

From Salem, Ohio this group of firebrands armed with the latest fuzz equipment decided to call themselves an English sounding name then proceeded to blast their way through two rock and roll tunes breathing new life into them with their teenage swagger.

'I Can Tell' was recorded by Bo Diddley in '62 and 'Miss Ann' was a Little Richard B-Side....Sorry mostly (dead) old men but your versions are lame as fuck compared to these fuzz filled rockers by The Mersey Men.




The Mersey Men update from Jymmy Shinn:

Hi, Expo67,
Just got a link to your site which featured the Mersey Men, and I just had to write to you.
I'm very familiar with the Mersey Men, as I married their drummer, Bill Shinn, in October 1965. We've been married almost 44 years now. The picture of them on your site is one that we have framed on our wall. I guess it really is a small world.

They were the best dance band around then. I remember they played in Oklahoma City once, and outdrew Herman's Hermits and Bobby Sherman. People crowded places just to hear them play - lots of times, they would line up out in the street because they had no more room in the building where they were playing.

Do you know anything about the second record they made? The A side was called "Take a Heart", and the flip was a cover of "Hey Little One" by Dorsey Burnett.

Line-Up:

First, the band members. I'll use the picture you have to name them.

Bill Shinn is on the top right, with the glasses. He was the drummer and the "screamer". Next to him on the top left is Ronnie Flory, who played rhythm guitar and did vocals. Directly in front of Bill is Al Catlos, AKA "Fella", who played lead guitar and did vocals, and next to Fella is Willie Murray, the base player, and who also did some vocals.

The other 3 were from Salem, but Bill was from Alliance, Ohio, about 20 miles east of Salem.

Their "tour bus" was a black 1952 Cadillac hearse, with the words "Mersey Men" in gold old English lettering on both sides. Bill had to keep it at his house between jobs, because none of the other parents would let it near their homes. When they were playing a job in Oklahoma, the hearse blew up, and that was the end of that. Some of the kids who were going to the dance helped them tote their stuff to the place where they were to play, and the guys let them in free for helping. Seems everyone had a good time after all. Anyway, after that they rented a Volkswagen bus to haul stuff around.

They played all over western Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, New York, and Ontario, Canada before coming to Oklahoma, where I met them.

Bill & Jymmy Shinn

ALPHABETICAL ORDER - ALL OVER THE WORLD (LA LA)



THE ALPHABETICAL ORDER - 'All Over The World (La La)' /'Miss Blue Eyes' (Rising Sons RS 45-710) July 1968

Here's an interesting 45 for you all to track down by the mysterious Alphabetical Order, seemingly from Louisville, Kentucky.
'All Over The World (La La)' is a pleasant pop song which reminds me of Rubber Soul era Beatles. It has a lovely harpsichord and guitar break mid way through the song with some cool 'La La's and 'Yeah's'. It could almost be Lennon.

This song was written by J. Corbitt and produced by Wayne Young.
The flip 'Miss Blue Eyes' is a well produced Go-Go type instrumental sounding very similar in style to those excellent Manfred Mann work-outs. It has a hammond organ and guitar interplay with a steady backbeat and touches of flute. It also has spoken lyrics low in the mix that I can't make out.

The swingin' Go-Go type Party music reminds me of some of those 60s Cop/Spy TV shows. Picture the scene...there's a blast going down at some hippie pad and the Heat burst through the door to unplug the amplifiers cos the squares just don't get it maan.. ha ha ha.

This tune was written by P.Stuart and produced by Ray Allen and Stuart Payne. It has never been compiled before. I comped 'All Over The World (La La) on Fragments Volume 1 for the U-Spaces group a few years ago but I'll probably have another go at mastering both sides for a future Gear!



THE ALPHABETICAL ORDER - 'All Over The World (La La)' /'Gonna Fight The War' (Soul Blvd 1002) May 1968

'All Over The World (La La)' also got released on Soul Blvd but with a different flip. On the B-Side of this release was the Emitt Rhodes song 'Gonna Fight The War'. This is a worthy cover version. I'd even make it equal if not better than the original by The Merry Go Round.

Updates from Max Waller:
As promised, here's additional info I have on Alphabetical Order.

The Lemco 45 is from September 1967, the Soul Blvd 45 is from May 1968.
The Rising Sons 45 is also listed as May 1968 but may be earlier.

'All Over The World (La La)' is a Youngbloods song, from their 1966 debut LP, written by Jerry Corbitt. It was also covered by St.Louis, MO. band "The Unknown?" (Cinema 6903, March 1968).

'All Over The World (La La)' and 'Gonna Fight The War' were produced by Wayne Young of Soul Inc..

Ray Allen, co-producer of 'Miss Blue Eyes', also produced 45s by The Chateaus (originally the Shadows) who included Frank Bugbee, later of Soul Inc..

I believe the line-up I gave in Fuzz was pieced together with help from Louisville contacts, probably a couple of the guys who were in Soul Inc. (whom I put in touch with Roger Maglio at Gear Fab, resulting in their 3 CDs). Turns out this was the band's second line-up, from 1967 onwards, which recorded their 45s.

Some time later, I got to hear about a book called Louisville's Own - unsurprisingly it's all about Louisville bands (1953-1983). Eventually secured a copy; it's a small 170-page softback by Brenda & Bill Woods, published in 1983 and long out-of-print.

The first band they feature is Alphabetical Order, with full details of line-ups, a brief history, and a couple of photos. Here's the bones of it:-
The band was formed in 1965 and lasted until 1969.

1965 line-up was:
Steve Alford (rhythm guitar)
Fred Davidson (lead guitar)
Mike Heitz (bass)
Bobby McMillan (drums)
Will "Buddy" Perryman (lead vocals)

In 1967 Alford, Heitz and McMillan were replaced by Bob McDaniel, Mike Crosby, and Bob Lamar respectively.

When they released their debut 45 they got a gig opening for the Beach Boys at the Freedom Hall, where they also played as backup band for the Boxtops.

thanks Max.....excellent information....EXPO67


 

50 NON SIXTIES NUGGETS 'UNEARTHED' - 2nd installment

At a glance:

01 MOVIEES - COME ON
02 OPTIC NERVE - AIN'T THAT A MAN
03 BOYS FROM NOWHERE - GOIN' TOO FAR
04 CELLAR DWELLERS - DWELLIN'
05 BARRACUDAS - I WANT MY WOODY BACK
06 PETER BERRY AND THE SHAKE SET - LET ME
07 PLASTICLAND - POP! OP DROPS
08 GRUESOMES - HEY!
09 PANDORAS - IT'S ABOUT TIME
10 LEE JOSEPH - STAY BY MY SIDE
11 STOMACH MOUTHS - R&B No 65
12 PROJECTILES - SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE
13 STOMACH MOUTHS - DON'T PUT ME DOWN
14 VIPERS - AIN'T THAT A MAN
15 PAUL MESSIS - THE WORLD IS SQUARE
16 MERRY MELODIES - APPLE JAKE
17 TELL TALE HEARTS - TOO MANY LOVERS
18 TELL TALE HEARTS - TAKE A LOOK INSIDE
19 FLESHTONES - I'VE GOTTA CHANGE MY LIFE
20 FRANTIC V - ROOM 409
21 TINA PEEL - FIFI GOES POP
22 KLIEK - ME RIGHT NOW
23 UNCLAIMED - UGH
24 RIDE - BIRDMAN
25 BOMBORAS - MOON PROBE
26 PLAYN JAYN - JULIETTE
27 TINA PEEL - PUNK ROCK JANITOR
28 BOYS FROM NOWHERE - JUNGLE BOY
29 CLIQUE - REGGIE
30 STONE ROSES - MERSEY PARADISE
31 DUKES OF HAMBURG - LITTLE LOVER
32 ROAMIN' NUMERALS - FRUIT OF THE DAY
33 SIOXSIE AND THE BANSHEES - DEAR PRUDENCE
34 REACTIONS - I WANT YOU
35 TRIP - STICK LIKE GLUE
36 TRIP - NEVER TOO LATE FOR LINDA
37 HOODOO GURUS - I WANT YOU BACK
38 MYSTREATED - THE EMPORER WEARS NO CLOTHES
39 SUNNYBOYS - TOMORROW WILL BE FINE
40 LEARS - HER MAGIC SMILE
41 FREDDY & THE FOUR-GONE CONCLUSIONS - STAND UP
42 TEENAGE FANCLUB - I NEED DIRECTION
43 HYPNOMEN - SUNSTROKE DREAMER
44 FRED BISON FIVE - GIRL GUITAR
45 BOGEYMEN - YOU'VE GOT NO SCRUPLES
46 JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET - THE MONEYSPYDER
47 THANES - WORLD OF STONE
48 RUTLES - I MUST BE IN LOVE
49 HURRAH! - THE SUN SHINES HERE
50 PLASTICLAND - COLOR APPRECIATION

10 September, 2009

THE MOVIEES - COME ON




01. THE MOVIEES - 'Come On'/'You Got What I Want' (Living Eye Records LSD-4) 1998

Insanely cool 45 release on Living Eye Productions by a Rochester band called The Moviees. In the late 90s the band had it all....the mod threads, the tunes, the contacts and an album on Sundazed. Then it all went sour when Paul Morabito quit to join The Chesterfield Kings.

'Come On', a band original is a killer mod garage crossover. 
The flip 'You Got What I Want' is a cover of the raunchy freakbeat raver by The Sorrows/Boys Blue that matches the original.

Both songs produced by Greg Prevost and Andy Babiuk.

line-up:

Hank Borchers (vocals/lead guitar)
Paul Morabito (12 string guitar/organ)
James Hanson (bass)
Ryan Kemp (drums)

09 September, 2009

THE OPTIC NERVE - AIN'T THAT A MAN




02. THE OPTIC NERVE - 'Ain't That A Man' (Cryptovision CR 800) 1986

If you dig fragile vocals/harmonies with jangly folk rock melodies look no further than this New York band of mop-tops. They formed in late 1985 and during the following year released their first single on Cryptovision.

They were also a good 'haircut band' (as I used to call some bands) with a cool mid 60s Sunset Strip image (very important when you're young and starting out)...and fortunately for them they had the songs to match their poses.



The band on this debut release contained Bobby Belfiore (lead vocals/guiar), Tony Matura (lead guitar), ex Outta Place member Orin Portnoy (bass) and Frank Manlin (drums).






The Optic Nerve managed to get three songs on this cheap and nasty release..this is by far the shittiest vinyl I've probably seen and must weigh no more than a handful of mouse droppings.

songs on 45:
'Ain't That A Man' (Belfiore), 'Happy Ever After' (Belfiore) and 'Mayfair' (Matura)

BOYS FROM NOWHERE - GOIN' TOO FAR




03. BOYS FROM NOWHERE - 'Goin' Too Far'/'I Don't Bother' (Young Lion LR030) 1987

I've already reviewed the 'Jungle Boy' single by Columbus band Boys From Nowhere last month so here's another winner from them.

For their third 45 they decided to cover 'Goin' Too Far' by 60s Columbus heroes The Fifth Order. Not content to make a faithful version, Boys From Nowhere more or less inject some 70s punk crunch action in the mix, the guitars are sharp and snappy & Mick Divvens has that unique snarled warble, like he's been swallowing razorblades.....check it out on 'Hung On You - Part 1'.

The flip 'I Don't Bother' again sounds more 70s punk than 60s garage with a neat guitar sound.

The line up on this disc is completely different apart from mainstay Divvens.

Mark Poole (guitar)
Mick Divvens (vocals/guitar)
Todd Burge (bass)
Wes Poole (drums)

08 September, 2009

THEE CELLAR DWELLARS - DWELLIN'

 


04. THEE CELLAR DWELLERS - 'Wonderin' Why?'/'Dwellin' (Get Hip GH-105) 1987

One of the early releases on Get Hip Records was by this neo garage band from Carlisle, PA.

The sleeve is a beautiful thing but the music is a bit of a let down. 'Wonderin' Why?' written by Jim Baetz doesn't quite lift off like it could have done with some 60s punk style snarls but worse to come is how the record just kinda fades out to a whimper. Blame the production on this?

The flip 'Dwellin' is a fuzztoned & organ swingin' instro with the odd 'Hey!' thrown in for good measure. It's obviously a much better side but again I don't think the production is that great. The fuzz guitar pans from one channel to another in an annoying stereo way. This would have been more powerful and purist in a mono mix.

I found some information online from a mod fanzine called Top Gear. This is from issue 4 circulated in 1988:

THEE CELLAR DWELLERS- WONDERIN' WHY? / DWELLIN'
GET HIP RECORDS


I was a little disappointed with this single. I like the band a
lot, and their live shows are always a blast, but they didn't
seem to capture their live excitement on this release. I don't
even feel that the choice of material is a good representation
of their style. However, for some good news, read the next
review.
DANIEL GEDDES
THEE CELLAR DWELLERS
6 SONG DEMO CASSETTE #2

If you remember last issue, I reviewed Thee Cellar Dwellers'
demo cassette. Well, this is their second demo cassette, which
contains rough mixes of their forthcoming ep. This blows away
both the single and the previous demo cassette. Much closer
to Thee Dwellers live sound.

My favorites are the Beatlesque cuts 'Girl In My Dreams'
and 'I Know It's True'. There are also some excellent instrumentals.
My copy of the tape includes an additional track,
which is a cover of The Eyes' 'Please
Don't Cry'.
This will not be included on the ep, but released
on a compilation tape put out by Sound Affects fanzine in San
Diego. These tracks are more like Thee Cellar Dwellers I know.
Get this tape by sending either $2.00 and a blank cassette, or
$4.00 to:
THEE CELLAR DWELLERS
c/o JIM BAETZ
Sunset Drive
Carlisle, PA 17013
DANIEL GEDDES


I've not heard these demo tapes and didn't know they existed. I don't think any EP was released after this 45 for Get Hip as the reviewer suggested. If you know any better let me know.

07 September, 2009

THE BARRACUDAS - I WANT MY WOODY BACK

 



05. THE BARRACUDAS - 'I Want My Woody Back'/'Subway Surfin' (Cell-Out 1) 1979

Surf punk heroes of mine The Barracudas, recorded and mixed this two sider in one day during mid June 1979 at Freerange Studios. It was their first ever visit to a professional studio.

According to the liners of CD 'Through The Mysts Of Time: Barracudas Rarities 1978-81', lead guitarist and songwriter of both songs on this 45 Robin Wills, claimed he was just making things up and perhaps got the concept of a Woody and a G.T.O. a little confused.

'Subway Surfin' is a mix of punk rock and Jan & Dean with throw away lyrics.

Their surfin' period was all too brief and after the small hit 'Summer Fun' The Barracudas developed a Byrdsian folk rock jangle sound which I'm sure you're all aware of anyway.

"London is a lonely town when you're the only surfer boys around"

Robin Wills: "I am wearing the leather jacket that Steve Jones nicked, passed onto Sid who then sold it to me for £25, before it got nicked backstage at a gig in Huddersfield a few weeks later..."

06 September, 2009

PETER BERRY & The SHAKE SET - LET ME

                                                                            
                                                     

06. PETER BERRY & The SHAKE SET - 'Berry Express' EP (Larsen Records LZ 090) 2008

There must be something in the water Norwegians drink that makes their musicians wanna pick up Rickenbacker and Fender guitars because it seems there's a never ending supply of real cool talent that releases a couple of 45s then are gone.

Hopefully, the latest set of beat kings will stay with us a little longer. If authentic 60s sounding merseybeat shakers is your bag then check out these lads. The band only use vintage equipment and utilize the famous Toe Rag Studios in London to get their analogue beatitude on tape.

This whole EP is GREAT beat, all are originals apart from 'Donna' (Ritchie Valens) but I'll choose 'Let Me' to sell the EP to you all. And look at the cover with the band larking about on a mini steam train. Absolutely priceless and pure 1964 (before groups decided they were too cool to lark about at photo shoots and wanted to be mean and moody like Them or The Pretty Things)

Band members go under an alias (they've given themselves English names such as Barry Brumble, Perry Dear, Peter Berry and Magnus Merrington (well apart from Magnus)....Peder Bernhardt used to be in one of my favourite bands The Indikation (they've split up sadly)

I found this photo of Peter Berry & The Shake Set in Frode Skjold's flickr pages, so thanks to Frode for this if you ever read my blog! The pic was taken at the 13th Floor Club, Oslo on the 15th February 2008.


PLASTICLAND - POP! OP DROPS





07. PLASTICLAND - 'Pop! Op Drops' (Scadillac SC-3003) 1982

One of the very few bands that successfully re-made '67 era English psych during the 80s were Plasticland, especially on their early 45s. This 4 track EP released on Scadillac in 1982 was the second foray onto vinyl for this Milwaukee, Wisconsin group of acid heads.

'Pop! Op Drops' is inspired by LSD influenced music such as Tomorrow and Electric Banana (Pretty Things) and describes a magic sweet with a million different flavours all at once. Can you possibly imagine that?

All four songs on this EP are band originals:

Pop! Op Drops
The Garden In Pain
Sections
Driving Accident Prone

Plasticland releases on Scadillac are virtually impossible to come by now and when they do turn up they command high prices. The first Plasticland 45 'Mink Dress' went for $103 on Ebay last week!!!

05 September, 2009

THE GRUESOMES - HEY!





08. THE GRUESOMES - 'Hey!' (OG-20) 1988

Montreal, Canada is where The Gruesomes hail from. They're still going but it was their mid 80s heyday that matters to 'Flower Bomb Songs'...

This is the funny promo video that went with the rockin' garage tune where the only words snarled are 'Hey!' ...an all time classic.

by the way do not adjust the volume...there's no sound until the song starts at 20 odd seconds!!!

THE PANDORAS - IT'S ABOUT TIME





09. THE PANDORAS - 'It's About Time' (Moxie MM1044) 1984

The Pandoras were the darlings of the garage revival underground in Los Angeles and on their early releases on Moxie and Voxx, had a more than decent 60s punk style sound.
Unfortunately after a good start, internal conflict within the band and a change in direction to a hard rock sound lost The Pandoras any credibility they had.

It couldn't have helped signing to Elektra Records either....once a band leaves the underground that's usually bad news as far as I'm concerned.

Leader, Paula Pierce died of an aneurysm in 1991, aged only 31.

'It's About Time' from this 4 track EP on Moxie Records is the best thing The Pandoras ever recorded and is a classic folk rock jangler.

 
THE PANDORAS - It's About Time
 

LEE JOSEPH - STAY BY MY SIDE

 


10. LEE JOSEPH - 'Stay By My Side' (Mystery Scene 004) 1987

The EP 'Four By One' from Lee Joseph were home recordings from the Summer of 1984 then mixed at Westbeach, Los Angeles a couple of years later.
On the crude recordings Lee Joseph had input from ex Unclaimed member Rich Coffee and Zebra from The Zebra Stripes?? who provided handclaps on 'Stay By My Side' the Music Explosion bubblegum punker.

All of the songs on this EP have a whole lot of fuzz and a sparse echoey production. The vocals are thin and weak but who cares about that cos the fuzz is where it's at.

tracks on EP:
Stay By My Side
The Special Ones
Splash One
Sounds Of Color


THE STOMACH MOUTHS - R & B No. 65





11. THE STOMACH MOUTHS - R & B No. 65 (Got To Hurry 101) 1986

The Stomach Mouths debut LP 'Something Weird' really stands the test of time and it's easily one of the best garage revival records recorded during the halcyon days of the mid 80s.

'R & B No. 65' from this album is a furious garage punk rave up and coming in at just over two minutes is a necessary listening experience. The 14 track long player contains 12 originals and cover versions of 'Born Loser' and 'The Cat Came Back'....

The promo picture above came with my copy of the LP and was a real cool touch.

THE PROJECTILES - SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE




12. THE PROJECTILES - 'Some Things Never Change'/'I Need Somebody' (Jargon Records 1285006) 1986

The Projectiles came from Rochester, New York and probably formed after hearing Rochester's own garage royalty The Chesterfield Kings. Judging by the pic sleeve the band weren't exactly purist in their dress code with the baggy jeans, Magnum P.I. sunshades and the guy wearing what looks like Doc Martin boots.

The cover graphics are also of a low standard aswell. No doubt the combination of dodgy image and bad psych lettering would put some people off buying the 45. Fortunately, it didn't stop me.

'Some Things Never Change' is decent garage with snarled vocals and a constant high pitched farfisa organ in the mix. The flip is an OK cover of 'I Need Somebody' originally by ? and the Mysterians of course.

Both sides were recorded at Saxon Studios, Rochester in November 1985.

line-up:
Dan Frank (vocals/guitar/tambourine)
Tony Pilato (farfisa organ)
Brian Goodman (drums)
Terry Flanagan (guitar)
Kevin Keefer (bass)

04 September, 2009

THE STOMACH MOUTHS - DON'T PUT ME DOWN

 


13. THE STOMACH MOUTHS - 'Wild Trip'/'Don't Put Me Down' (Mansi Sunlight 196025-01) 1985

One of the very best bands to hail from Sweden are mid 80s garage punk band The Stomach Mouths . With their fuzz and farfisa trademark sound combined with Stefan Kery's wild vocals the band built up a huge reputation and all of their records are hard to come by now.

This debut 45 appeared in '85 and was quickly sold out. It was pressed three times and the one I've got is the very first pressing with the band pic on the front cover. The second pressing has a 'monster' sleeve and the third has black and purple vinyl.

'Wild Trip' as the title suggests is indeed a 'wild' trip and is closer to the acid punk sound from '66. 'Don't Put Me Down' is more of a 'back from the grave' style garage winner with a break neck backbeat, fuzz and screaming vocals.

An undeniably GREAT 45 whatever era.





THE VIPERS - AIN'T NOTHIN' LIKE HER




14. THE VIPERS - 'Ain't Nothin' Like Her' (PVC 8928) 1984

'Ain't Nothin' Like Her' is an 'Outta The Nest!' album cut buried on side two of the disc. This song in particular shows just how New York band The Vipers managed to combine their Beatle-esque pop with a tormented fuzz edge.

I remember putting 'Ain't Nothin' Like Her' on a mix tape and playing it to some hair metal/gothy types back in '85 in a tent in the Lake District and they all fuckin' hated it. They didn't know how quickly to rip the tape outta the machine for more Hanoi Rocks.....ha ha ha ..the folly of youth.


Below is a cutting I kept from a Sounds magazine from 1984 when The Vipers album was reviewed by Lindsay Hutton.


PAUL MESSIS - THE WORLD IS SQUARE

 


15. PAUL MESSIS - 'Stuck In Society'/'The World Is Square' (State Records 002) 2009

There's a thread over on G45 at the moment started by some muppet who more or less stated nothing worth hearing was recorded after 1966. If I could be arsed to add a comment to this fool's thread I'd mention this crackin' 45 recorded in April 2009 at Shay Exotica Sandgate Sound Studios. That's in Kent by the way.

Paul Messis, from Billingshurst in West Sussex, is obviously multi talented with a need to reproduce the sounds of American teenbeat bands. These two songs are his originals and he's been helped along the way by members of The Higher State.
State Records is their label if you hadn't already figured it out.

There's promise of further recordings in the near future and hopefully they will also get a vinyl release. Highly recommended 45 to track down. Only 500 pressed so act now!

02 September, 2009

THE MERRY MELODIES - APPLE JAKE





16. THE MERRY MELODIES - 'Eye On' EP (Animal Records 030) 1996

Animal Records operating out of Madrid in Spain released several good to great neo mod/psych 45s during the 90s and The Merry Melodies four track EP is one of those releases.

I've tried to find out some information about the band but have come up with nothing. According to the cover of this EP the band were a five piece unit from Vigo.... someone also gets a credit for being the 'tambourine man'....

The pick of the disc is the mod psycher 'Apple Jake' with it's swirling organ, fuzz leads and hand claps. It's sung in English but I think it would have been better in their native Spanish.

tracklist:
Can't See Her
Apple Jake
In Between The Armadillos
Rapid Eye Movement

01 September, 2009

THE TELL TALE HEARTS - TOO MANY LOVERS




17. THE TELL TALE HEARTS - 'Too Many Lovers'/'Promise' (Kavern 7 Records K7-003) 1987

This 45 was the last official release by the original line-up of The Tell Tale Hearts. Only Eric Bacher was missing, he was replaced on lead guitar by ex Crawdaddy Peter Meisner. The latter only ever recorded these two songs with the band which were taped at Swinging Studios, Dulzura in December 1986.

'Too Many Lovers' is a wild rendition of a '66 R'n'B stomper by English band The Scorpions although they were based in Holland. The flip is a Ray Brandes original titled 'Promise' that harks back to the sonic prowess of 'The Now Sound of The Tell Tale Hearts' EP released in 1985.