Greetings friends and followers! I'd like to thank all of you who left comments on my last, and all previous posts. I'm very flattered, and I hope you're enjoying them. Extra special thanks go out to the people who've left valuable information about some of these bands, and hey, if any of you were actually in any of these groups, we'd love to hear from you! Alrighty then, let get this show on the road!
Shevelles - Oo Poo Pa Doo / Like I Love You
Great beat version of Jessie Hill's classic, by an unknown UK group. There's at least one other 45 by these guys, although it's in a poppier style. I'll post that one later....
Birdwatchers - Wake Up Little Susie / She Tears Me Up
The Birdwatchers were a rather prolific group from Tampa, FL who released about 21 different 45s in various styles. "I'm Gonna Love You Anyway" is perhaps their most famous. This early one is real garagey and is kind of tough to find.
Conchords - Little Black Egg
Here's another mystery group doing a nice version of Little Black Egg. The flip's a cover of The Tornadoes "Telstar" which I'm saving for a special "Instrumental Edition"
Jason Eddie & The Centremen - Singing The Blues / True To You
Totally whacked out version of this standard which has been covered by everyone from Guy Mitchell, to Marty Robbins, to Marie Osmond. This is a prime example, actually it's probably THE BEST example, of how crazy Joe Meek could get in the studio. Where he got the idea for that absolutely crazed guitar riff is beyond me. Sheer genius. Jason Eddie was actually Billy Fury's brother, and continues to perform to this day, doing a tribute to him.
Saints - Girl Forgive Me / Don't Make Me Wait Around
Another real obscure group from The Bronx. Real teen garage stuff here with some rather off key vocal harmonies.
Shy Guys - Feel A Whole Lot Better / Without You
Real good version by a Detroit area band, with a vocal harmony thing in lieu of a guitar break. The flip is a cool up tempo garage number.
Lance Fox & The Bloodhounds - You Got Love / That's Your Problem
Here's an interesting 45 by another unknown group. Famed songwriter/producer, Jerry Ragavoy has his name all over this record, as well as Bert Berns who worked with Van Morrison, The Strangeloves, The McCoys, and a bunch of others. If this is some kind of studio group, they're pretty damn good in my opinion, as both sides are terrific garage with great cheesy Farfisa organ dominating both.
Emotional Upsets - Maintain Your Cool / Baby Baby
This mystery group does a fine job aping Mitch Ryder. Both sides of this are great Blue Eyed Soul tunes with a nice garage flavor to them.
Tropics - As Time's Gone / Time
Awesome garage/punk burner from Tampa, FL. The Tropics had several 45s, two of which are on Columbia, and are their best. My question is, how the hell did Teo Macero, the guy who produced such rockers as Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, and Miles Davis end up in the studio with these guys??????
'Twas Brillig - Dirty Old Man / This Week's Children
One of Minnesota's best garage/punk acts. These guys were formerly known as The Electras, and had a bunch of 45s, all great. Both sides of this one are intense punkers, with the flip side being real menacing.
King Bees - On Your Way Down The Drain
Not to be confused with the Canadian King Bees, this group was from New York City and some of their members went on to back up James Taylor. Hear their first one on In Dan's Garage #4.
Fifth Estate - That's Love
This group evolved from The 'D' Men, whose "So Little Time" is one of my favorites. The Fifth Estate's claim to fame was a cover of "Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead". They had a penchant for doing whimsical pop type things, but this song really stands out with its ringing 12 string guitar and almost snotty vocals.
Energy Package - This Is The Twelfth Night / See That I Come Home
This group also released 45s as The Boys From New York City of which "I'm Down Girl" is one of my favorites. This one's a great psyche number backed with a nice folk rocker.
Jefferson Handkerchief - I'm Allergic To Flowers
Everyone should know this classic psychedelic novelty which has made the rounds of many compilations. Obviously a studio group which probably included Dave Burgess who played with The Champs of "Tequila" fame.
49th Parallel - Close The Barn Door / Twilight Woman
From Calgary, Alberta Canada, this group had the fantastic "You Do Things"/"Labourer" on RCA. They later had a poppier psych sound as heard on this 45. Both sides of this are great, and Twilight Woman was actually a hit in Canada and parts of the US.
Good Rats - The Hobo / The Truth Is Gone
Wow. I could probably fill a few pages on this band's story, but I'll be brief. The Good Rats, also known as "The Worlds Most Famous Unknown Band", are from Long Island and are led by vocalist Pepi Marchello. The debuted in 68 with this single and an album of great psych on Kapp records which really went nowhere. After a few years they changed their lineup, adopted a great hard rock sound and released "Tasty", an album which I wore the grooves out of when I was a teenager. Never real superstars, they did in fact share the bill with some of the greatest rock acts, including The Rolling Stones, Kiss, and The Ramones. They still perform to this day and continue to make regular visits to Rochester.
KAK - Everything's Changing
This Sacramento group evolved from Group 'B' and The Oxford Circle. Their album is very sought after.
Rooneys - Walter Wright
This nice little folksy/poppy number is by none other than Mickey Rooney Jr. Mickey had a nice musical career and appeared several times on Shindig!
Get it HERE