Things To Come: Sweet Gina / Speak Of The Devil
Starfire 103 Oct '66
(Long Beach, CA)
There is something special with 60s combos sounding satanic and spooky.
Speak Of The Devil goes a loooong way trying to sound as evil as possible, it's funny they succeed.
Lead singer Steve Rudolfsson comes on like a Van Morrison choking on Mick Jagger, or rather the other way around.. anyway, he sounds totally possessed.
But this is not just the singer's song, the whole band put on a fine display with soaring feedback, wicked drumbeat clonking along and spooky organ straight out of yer average abandoned haunted house.
The 45 is one of the few killer 2-siders - the flip is in my pretentious opinion a bit weaker, but that is a matter of taste.
However, this places #6 on the TBM Top 1000. Yup, this is one of the absolute coolest artifacts of the 60s.
Sorry, gotta go! Satan calls my name.