Hello once again friends and followers. As you can see the posts have been somewhat sparse these days. It’s not that I’m losing interest, it’s just that my work hours have shifted somewhat so I have to show up earlier than normal, and I’m not getting out any sooner either. I dig the overtime and all, but this whole deal has been messing with my mojo and I’m real pooped at the end of the day. Besides, now that it’s summer, I have more junk to deal with than usual. When I do have some time to meditate, I do it by spinning a bunch of 45s and passing them on. It’s all real cathartic, and therapeutic, and blah blah blah. I return to “normal” work hours next month, so hopefully I won’t be quite as tired.
I’m planning on doing a post real soon on Rochester eateries, specifically hot dog and burger joints. There are literally hundreds here in the area that specialize in these treats, and I’m not talking hot dog stands on the street. There’s bunches, so I’ll be waxing poetic on the subject of “Zweigles white hots”, “ground steaks”, “garbage plates”, and “hot sauce”. In the meantime enjoy this latest batch of platters. I opened a box last week which tuned out to be “common” stuff, but had a couple dozen obscurities thrown in there by mistake. I hope you like ‘em.
Ohio Express – Beg, Borrow, And Steal (1967)
This 45 is accompanied by one of the craziest stories I’ve ever heard. This 45 was indeed produced by Kasenetz & Katz, the “geniuses” behind such groups as The Music Explosion, and many bubblegum groups including The Ohio Express who’s “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy” was a huge hit. The problem is, this isn’t The Ohio Express. This is actually a New York group called The Rare Breed who “K&K” got a hold of in 1966 and released this very song on Attack records. The Rare Breed were not down with the way they were being handled and left K&K’s company. Being left without a group K&K reissued this as The Ohio Express and had a sizeable hit with it. The Rare Breed did have another 45 before they parted company with K&K, a great version of “Come On Down To My Boat” which ironically was a big hit for Every Mother’s Son.
Troggs – Give It To Me / You’re Lying (1967)
One of the best groups to come out of Britain, they were very consistent throughout their career and never really strayed much from their tough hard rocking sound. They are to this day still performing. I really like this one in particular as it’s one that gets overlooked quite a bit.
Chip & Dave – Soon Another Day (1965)
An odd Pacific NW duo which consisted of Chip Rawson and Dave Immer who played drums and keyboards respectively. I'm not sure how many records they put out, but they did release this one in ‘65. A guitar-less poppy number with great vocal harmonies that has a folk feel to it.
Naturals – Look At Me Now / It Was You (1964)
A fairly obscure British Invasion group that had a hit covering the Beatles’ “I Should Have Known Better”. On the A side of this they do a Mitch Murray composition, famous for “How Do You Do it?” and “I Like It” by Gerry & The Pacemakers. The B side is a good upbeat invasion number.
Coachmen – Mr. Moon / Nothing At All (1965)
Perhaps the best known of all the “Coachmen” that appeared during the 60s, and definitely more popular than the local Rochester group, they were from Lincoln, Nebraska and had a number of 45s including a cool version of The Who’s “My Generation”. This 45 was originally released on MMC but was re-released by Bear, a Minneapolis label. They called it quits in 1969.
Link Cromwell – Crazy Like A Fox / Shock Me (1965)
Link Cromwell is better known to all as guitarist, songwriter, and rock journalist Lenny Kaye who played with Patti Smith in the 70s and 80s and was most notably responsible for the “60s Garage Compilation” with his groundbreaking “Nuggets” collection. To this day, when someone asks me “what the hell is all this garage stuff about”, I point to Nuggets and it answers the question perfectly. He recorded this in 1965.
Autosalvage – Rampant Generalities / Parahighway (1968)
Often reported to be “discovered” by Frank Zappa in NYC, they did hang with him while he was there with The Mothers Of Invention in 1968, and did do a few shows with them as well. Zappa did like their style and complimented them. It’s unfortunate they could only muster this one 45 and an LP.