lördag 30 april 2016

Open Up Yer Door Vol. 2


Open Up Yer Door Vol. 2


Frog Death, 1987


This shit-hot platter starts with the best fuzz-riffer in existence followed by Gene "Catman" Vincent rippin' thru a tough garage stomper and you know you're set for the next half-an-hour.

 It is fascinating how consistent and unrelenting it is considering the wild mix with harmonica-infested folk rock here to thumpin acid punk to ultra-primitive slop.

There are more downer and moody punk on this volume. But that don't matter since it is so masterfully sequenced. It flows so naturally and is a trip to listen to.

God I wonder who made these ingenious albums.. If you're out there, whoever, where ever - thanks you!

Also a huuuuge thatk you and a big bouquet of respect and gratitude to Gyro. He supplied all the rips (bar 2), and if it weren't for him we wouldn't be listening to this comp at this level of fidelity.

Oh yeah, yesterday I said I had a CD of vol. 2. Turns out it actually didn't that impressive so I consulted Gyro's massive USA Garage Greats again.
He also treated us to all the tracks (bar a couple) on vol. 1.

Gyro - thank you so much!




fredag 29 april 2016

Re-upped: Open Up Yer Door! Vol. 1


Open Up Yer Door! Vol. 1


Frog Death, Inc. 1984


Now that's more like it!
A sweet mix of chart toppers, folk punk, zany frat, hard hittin' garage and then some and a bag of chips!

We start off with the INFAMOUS (I'm actually not much of a fan of it..) Open Up Your Door by Richard & the Young Lions, but after that it is obscuresville. Atleast in 1984.
Today the most of these tracks have been re-released on comps that is easier to find and/or better-sounding.

But if I had my way (and the expensive 45s) I would repress this (together with the equally great vol. 2). This is the kind of comp you can play at a party, not worrying that a major turd suddenly will surfice, or that it simply is no action on it - like Monsters Of The Midwest posted below.

Both vol 1 and 2 are almost as rare as the singles featured on them, and has switched hands for at least 100 bucks.

To me, this is one of the best comps, ever.
Less dogmatic than Back From The Grave, rawer than Pebbles, more consistent than Garage Punk Unknowns, more fun than Psychedelic Unknowns...
I'd even rate it higher than Off The Wall and Chosen Few.

No, I'm just exaggerating to make a point..
Sandwich this between Garage Punk Unknowns Vol. 4 and Hang It Out To Dry and have a nice day.
If you want I can post the second volume. The thing with that is that I have it on a bootleg CD that sounds really great so.. I didn't really do anything. But it is OOP now so..maybe I should do it.
I dunno. Seems lame.

http://www2.zippyshare.com/v/SxWqgCzs/file.html

torsdag 28 april 2016

Monsters Of The Midwest Vol. 4


Monsters Of The Midwest Vol. 4


Released in 1989 on Titan Records


The fourth,  and presumably the last volume in the series. I don't know what it is with this series that makes every volume go down like a big mug of luke-warm stale beer.
To listen to it is an interesting experience, and I don't really mind it - sometimes you just want some music in the background, something that doesn't need your full undivided attention.

Even the top tracks here aren't strong enough to make this album stand out - like Twilighters party-hungry and action-thirsty Spell Bound. Total kick-ass garage song, but there is no momentum for it to maintain. It tries to pick up the pace after Love Light and then Love Corporation, but it just don't pack enough power.

This is not me saying that this comp (or series, for that matter) sucks - I wish it would! But it doesn't.
What it has is a bunch of diamonds in the ruff, golden nuggets for you to find - and that was dear work for me as a young garage-fiend. oh, to sift through all the dreck and find amazing and magical songs drenched in mud, ready to get picked and comped on my own little cassette-comps that I created and printed and gave to all my friends (cassettes that more often than not met an unworthy death on the floor of dirty cars or eaten alive by crappy tape decks..)
If I were to pick my faves from MotM 2-4, I'd go for these 16 tracks :

Soothsayers - Please Don't Be Mad
Tommy Tucker & the Esquires - Don't Tell Me Lies
Coachmen - Too Many Reasons
Noblemen - Things Aren't The Same
Esquires - She's My Woman
Barry Ebling & the Invaders - I Can Make It Without You
Blue Things - Your Turn To Cry
Wild Things - Tell Me
Jerms - Since You Went Away
Soothsayers - Do You Need Me?
Intruders - She's Mine
Intruders - I'll Go On
Countdowns - You Know I Do
Twilighters - Spell Bound
Rod & the Satellites - She Cares
Converts - Don't Leave Me

I wouldn't sequence it that way but it would make for a really really nice records, methinks.

http://www4.zippyshare.com/v/lRjTrxU2/file.html



Monsters Of The Midwest Vol. 3


Monsters Of The Midwest Vol. 3


Released in 1987 on Titan Records

More of the same on this third outing from our midwest monsters. There's a handful of so-so covers causing some serious speed bumps on this album, but the highs are way too high to discard this platter.
Barry Ebling, Soothsayers, Intruders and the Trolls alone are worth the admission.
then there's some sub-par garage, some (yawn) covers and then we have the super boring I Don't Mind by Plato & the Philosophers.

I had to use (hmm 3 I think) some tracks from the original MotM vinyl since I couldn't find better sounding mp3s. I don't remember which ones, but if you hear a sudden dip in the audio quality - now you know why..

onsdag 27 april 2016

Monsters Of The Midwest Vol. 2


Monsters Of The Midwest Vol. 2


Released in 1985 on Titan Records from Kansas, MO.

A solid comp with the usual mix of meat-and-potato garage, pop-psych, mersey-ish beat, frat, punk etc.


Says Richie Unterberger:
"Released as the garage compilation frenzy was approaching saturation point, you may well have missed this limited edition (500 pressed) compilation of mid-'60s tracks from Midwest bands, none of whom even have a cult reputation. It's well-annotated, but there's very little to differentiate this from the typical (i.e. unmemorable) local scene compilation."


Yeah, Richies right - too much forgettable stuff here. The album never really takes off. Solid, but a little bland.

Highlights for me are Please Don't Be Mad, Don't Tell Me Lies, Want-A-Love You and the adorable Gloria rip-off She's My Woman.


torsdag 14 april 2016

Return Of The Walrus


Return Of The Walrus




Ok, get up and get ready to get down with the latest installment of.. yeah, what is this series called?
Rip Records? Kill R'n'R? Sixties Garage Punk? Or just nothing maybe.

TRIGGER WARNING!
If you can't stand ultra-crude shit-fi, then stay clear.
This is not for the squeamish.
These bad puppies has been weeded out from their better-sounding siblings just because the fantastic qualities in the music gets lost if it stands too close to something better produced/recorded/pressed or whatever.
Well not everything sounds like Captain Dueseldorph (featured here).
It depends on your preferences, I 'spose.
Anyhoo, this has led to me having to lower the over-all volume. Don't ask me why. Just crank up that knob. Oh, and crank up the volume too.

I pulled a lot of stuff from Crude PA Vol. 1 (won't be revamping it anyhow) and Oil Stains Vol. 1 (won't revamp that one either).



Marauders - Just Times Between Us

"Remember that summer.."

Marauders kicks off this set with some bizarre driving up-tempo super-twangy surf ballad.
This is a pretty wicked 45, the flip is graced by the just-as-crude but even more bad-ass Warning (find it on the excellent Garage Punk Unknowns Vol. 8.)

The songs starts a little wobbly and dry and uhm, "dramatic" - ploinkploinploink - and then makes itself known to everybody in the room. Oh and the lead-guitar twangs itself into a frenzy, the guitarist is battling his instrument like it was a boa constrictor.
Things get a little hairy (at 2:40 to be exact) when he ventures from the original hook and start to solo a bit. Feels like watching an untrained baby giraffe walking a tightrope over the niagara waterfalls with no safety-net.
But after some serious nail-gnawing you see him reach the safety of the other side of the song.
No one died today.

(Granite City, IL) '66
Heads 9518


Intrepids - Run From The Sun

"...into the darkness of guilt and shame"

Some pretty bitter stuff being served here by the Intrepids.
Throaty singer, spindy organ, yammering choir and an overall well-played tracks.
The singer pretty much blasts his cheating and abusive girl for three minutes and then he's out.

Says Bolt:
Associated Recording Studios acetate - PA/NY 196?. Fantastic unreleased demo cut from a band allegedly from PA but recorded in New York in the famous Associated Recording Studios.

(Meanville, PA?) '6?
unreleased demo



Faces In The Crowd - Clouds Of Doubt

"You might have won if you stuck it out.."

This song makes me smirk. One gets the feeling that the singer's father has had some wise words to tell his son, who in turn have been so touched and inspired that he wrote a small poem and a folky ditty of his newly acquired wisdom.
But it is very sincere and almost sad.
Like the singer missed the inspiring point of the talk, and just took it as an "i'm fucked" and ran with it.

Apparently came in a picture sleeve which I haven't seen.

(Cleveland, OH) Sep '66
Del-Nita 60941


Savages - Quiet Town

"they say it's bad but we all know, it's the place were we can go at night.."

Real spooky bit here presented by the incomparable Savages (of The World Ain't Round fame).
I'm not going to dwell on this classic group too long.
But if you didn't know - Savages released an album in 1966 and three 45s (all great and pulled from the album).
Now - this was recorded in 1965, but can you hear the psychedelic qualities?
Or "cinematic" might be a better choice of word.
Because when I listen to this song, I silently float together with them, slowly observing the surrounding in the quiet town.
I feel like we are unknowingly dead ghosts drifting into this misty place all while its citizens shuts the windows and bar the doors.

(Bermuda) '65
Duane 1049


Blues Inc. - Tell Me Girl

"tell me babe, do you care..?"

A soft-spoken organ-driven ballad with a slight taste of Zombies. The singer must have shut himself inside a closet and curled up in a blanket.

(Fort Wayne, IN) Oct '66
Phalanx 1026


Half Beats - Should I

"no more will I wait for you, no more will I cry for you.."

A pretty nasty folk-rocky girl put-down with some glorious falsetto voices in the background, underlining the hopelessness in our protagonists situation.
He doesn't even sound sad, he's more sarcastic and fantastically bitter.
No saccarine here it is just plain wicked. The raw power of the song still holds water since Cheater Slicks covered this in 1995.
But they still don't find the biting sarcasm the original singer harbored.
And how could they? True teenage angst is inimitable.

(Chicago, IL) 1966
International Recording Co. acetate


Shan Dels - Please Stay

"that's all I've left to say.."

English is not my main language - as you might've guessed by now..
So I'm not sure but it sounds like the singer is trying to sound like he's from London or something.

Anywayz, Shandels recorded a bunch of so-so 45s - 4 of 'em - from '65 to '67.
They later morphed into Dry Well and recorded another 45 in '68 (find it on Relative Distance - hm, I might just revamp that..)

This was their first 45 and features the wonderful instrument cordovox. There not enough cordovox in sixties garage punk. You can get more of that medicine on their third 45 Shades Of Blue found on Nobody To Love on the excellent Teenage Shutdown series.

(Long Island, NY) '65
Showcase 404


Thorns - This Is The End

"I'll die without your love, to me this is the end.."

Do you remember Thorns INSANE I want you from The Dead And Forgotten?
Well, here's the (almost equally tense) flip.
I feel a strong surge of Zombies here too. A fantastic song and a fantastic acetate 45.

(Philadelphia, PA)
Sound Plus Studios acetate


Strawberry Tuesday - Return Of The Walrus

"I'm gonna get it, I'm gonna get it.."

Let's get stupid and get ourselves a fuckin walrus.
I feel this has a strong kinship to Mr. Zeppelin Man and (We All Love) Peanut Butter.
You can hear the snickering during the guitar solo so I'm not sure they're 100% serious with this tall tale.
But that does not matter one second, the only thing that matters is that this is epic supreme and you will probably hear it anytime soon at the in-crowd bar.
I don't think Strawberry Tuesday reached further from the stars since they pretty much disappeared after this. It was released on a LP sampler called Reading 1968. I haven't heard that album, but if it sounds anywhere near this masterpiece, I must seek it down.

(Reading, PA) '68
Empire Records WWR 868-586


Bright Image - People In The Town

"it's been so many, so many years have passed...."

Poor kid. Woman gone, he don't know where, people stare him down and constantly asks him where the heck she's gone. Sadists.
Jangly folk-rocker with some of the best use of wah-wah I've ever heard.

(Philadelphia, PA) Mar '70
Amigo 114


Starfyres - Captain Dueseldorph

"if you're ever down by the sea, take a look for me and Captain Dueseldorph.."

Get ready for some fizzling garage sounds!
C'mon, surely you must know this? One of my absolute faves - ever!
It wiggles, it wobbles, it makes you feel completely drunk outta your mind.
Of course - the shit-fi allure in this comes on like greek mythology sirens but that's not all.
It's heavy as FUCK, filled to the brim with atmosphere and even if the instruments are slightly out of tune, every note hits just where it's supposed to.
And it's not in your face. It is there - if you're lookning - but it mostly just floats in and out of the surface of reality like a submarine.
The flip is the hot punk No Room For Your Love, and you can find it here.

(Lansford, PA) '67
Burr 1001


Invictas - Do It

"i can't see we could ever be together even though you mean a lot to me.."

I don't know why I added the "a go-go" suffix, but accidents happen. I try to be as thorough as I can, but sometimes I fuck up. Which gives me greater understand for mis-info on old comps, and greater appreciation for the work Warren & co put behind his/theirs contributions to this comp-scene.
They really set the standard high.

Invictas released four fratty 45s (three on the Sahara label, and one PS on Bengel) from '65 to '67 and then fizzled away somewhere. Who knows where.

A really hard-rockin' soulful rocker with a glorious hook.
Love the ending.

(Rochester, NY) Jan '66
Sahara 110


Lost Ones - I Can't Believe You

"you always told lies, brought the water from my eyes.."

The Lost Ones makes sure the party don't stop with this ultra-crude pounder. Awesome drummer who probably played at the college marching band.

You can hear some dude callin some "oh no" and some "awww" and some "oh yeah" in the background.
Ace guitar solo.
(the back cover says "i don't believe you" - fuck!)

(Sarver-Butler, PA) '66
Mersey 002


Insane - I Can't Prove It

"I love you girl.."

Insane puts this set in yet a higher gear and rush in on the scene with some more pounding drums and wailing guitars and just rocks out for a full three and a half minutes. A lot a soloing and tomfoolery which must've been a hoot to dance to at the local hop.

(Terryville?, CT) Jul '67
Alien Associates 201, 347


Them - A Girl Like You

"with a love like ours we can turn our backs on the people, and the rules"

This is one of those songs that must have existed forever in the dna of the universe.
Everything is just perfect.
Pure perfection.
I can't write anything more about it.
Flawless.
Argh, such a romantic juvenile delinquent winner.
Ugh..

(Cincinnati, OH) Dec '64
King 5967


Immigrants - 225 Blues

"here's my hand, dear
I'm giving you my final adieu.."

Immigrants were a bunch of kids from various places around NY who went to collage in Kansas.
They recorded an album full with not-too inspired covers, but this one is a downer bomb.
225 Blues sounds like Rolling Stones circa '64 played on too low rpm.
And that is fantastic, one of my faves on this set.

(Salina, KS) 1966
Starburst Recordings ‎– SRA 9837

http://www82.zippyshare.com/v/SKnEbWan/file.html


tisdag 12 april 2016

Echoes In Time Vol. 2


Echoes In Time Vol. 2


Released in 1983 on Solar Records.

On the second serving, we continue to get rolled like a tumblin' dice, left and right, '65 to '73, canada to the usa..
But it doesn't feel like a binary roller coaster, it just rolls all the way till the end of the line.
That is - not if yer either: 1. Orthodox, 2. Fundamentalist or 3. Anal.

 Says the Llama:
"a move towards punkier sounds. Lots of good tracks from Michigan & Canada and an enjoyable consistency all the way thru"

I wonder who was behind this. He or she did really an amazing job.
So if you don't mind a little "late '60s lumpy hard rock/post-psych" with your garage, then this is a real winner.

Is it just me, or does a well balanced psychedelic compilation give a sensation of a faint taste of amarone in the palate? Amarone and pocket lint.


Echoes In Time Vol. 1


Echoes In Time Vol. 1


Released in 1983 on Solar Records. 500 pressed.


I havta tell ya - on a sampler shockfulla soft psych and cerebral psych and gimmicky psych, it is surprising to find the over-bongo-loaded diddley-esque Don't Cry To Me by Jerry & the Others.
How did that get in here? (On the back it says that it's called Don't You Lie To Me, maybe that's how it snuck through..)...(uhm, it is really called Don't Cry To Me..)

And even if the ever-so-vigilant-and-ever-present Tim Warren yanked it out and graced Back From The Grave Three (released a year after this) with its presence , it is still quite refreshing to see Jerry & the Others finding themselves in a slightly surprising but amusing situation.

Like being a lone punk at a hippie-festival: highly uncomfortable, but totally worth it because all the hippies be like "woo a punk, woo you look awesome" and the punk is like "yuk! but hey, look at all the attention i'm gettin since i'm the only punk here" and the hippies be like "play me one of your tapes with cool and rare punkrock" and the punk be like "i'm gonna choose the most extreme and noisy tape i's got and blast these hippies into hippie-oblivion" but the hippies be like "wooo, the drums are so exotic and unusual and different from what i'm used to, i'm totally gettin naked for this - let's dance" and the punk be like "drugs please.." which there is no shortage of and then the punk be like "fuck it, we're all cool here and since i'm a bit sexist i'm totally gonna check out those hippie-tits and that dude over there - i think he's my uncle!" and then they dance and dance and after all it's all about having a good time. Ain't it.

Vintage Review:
"This collection might turn off diehard garagemaniacs, since it contains mostly late sixties psychedelia. But if this appeals to you, "Echoes" has a lot of rarities to offer.
The HIGHlights include the Human Expression's "Optical Sounds" (listed as one of Greg's contributions on the back of the Chesterfield Kings album!). Also there's the Lemon Pipers' psyched-out version of "Summertime Blues," titled "Quiet Please," and Blue Scepter's "Gypsy Eyes," a Detroit hard rocker from MC5/Amboy Dukes fans. Another raver is Jerry & The Others' "Don't Lie To Me," with drums beating so insane that Adam Ant would puke if he heard them!
But like I said, this collection isn't for everyone's tastes. Sound quality isn't the best but it sounds fine on mushrooms. Limited edition of 500."
- Ron Rimsite (Originally published in Ugly Things #2, 1983)

måndag 11 april 2016

Re-upped: Magic Cube


Magic Cube


Eva-Tone 116811, 1982


Says the Llama:
"Strange psych/punk comp on a 10' flexi. The music is truly brilliant with some of the best (and rarest) psych/punk tracks to be found anywhere. Too bad they didn't spend their money on a vinyl press instead of the "magic cube" gimmick insert which when folded looks more like a nail box than anything else."

Says Eva-Tone:
"Eva-Tone Soundsheets is not a record label, but a manufacturer."

Says Me:
"I think the same german dude who made Acid Dreams did this."


Whoever made it picked cool songs. 
It is similar in style as Psychedelic Unknowns, especially the later ones on LP. They even share a couple of tracks!

So here it is, sounding better than ever.
No "magic cube gimmick insert" included.

http://www17.zippyshare.com/v/EGBc0l9L/file.html

Re-upped: Pebbles Vol. 2


Pebbles Vol. 2


Released on BFD Records in 1979.

"So you bought this album, well y'know I don't care cuz yer all MORONS anyway...."

That's how the liners begin and you know you are in for something extraordinary.
And this is groundbreaking, and canonical teenbeat mayhem compilation album. Even the liners seem to set the tone for the 'tude of future comps.

Look - everybody knows this one.
Everone has heard it.
You might even own every single one of the singles featured.
But have you heard it with good sound?
I hope you dig the bunch of rips I threw together.

I bought my first copy in the spring some 20 years ago.
So it was very cool to listen this one through in one sitting again.


Says the Llama:

"This one must have had quite a few simple-minded fuzz-heads confused over the years as it is in fact the finest assemblage of wimp-pop available. The meaning of this term may not be clear to all but after you've played side 2 (skip the loud covers) over and over for a couple of days any questions you might have should be answered. One of the top volumes in my opinion."



söndag 10 april 2016

Re-upped: Highs In The Mid Sixties Vol. 4: Chicago


Highs In The Mid Sixties Vol. 4: Chicago


Released on AIP Records in 1983

As I stated in the previous post: some recycled tracks on this album, most from Off The Wall 1 & 2, but also from Everywhere Interference. All from 1983 (.

I don't know if it's me, but for me the album feels disjointed. Especially if you compare it with the three volumes that came before it.
And even if it has that mix of different styles, there is something missing.
The album feels two dimensional.
It lacks that special kind of magic
It lacks SKoM.

Still - a pretty fantastic set. Especially if you don't mind the repeated tracks.
It's a real smooth ride in the beginning but after 10 tracks, tragedy strikes.
We hit side B which was sometimes where the "fillers" were hidden.
And I find it a little hard to suffer thru the three boring covers (Say Mama, La Da Da, Long Green) but I somehow manage by the tyranny of sheer will.
I get welcomed by Diddley-er Someday Baby and the marching folkrock of Dalek/Engham.

But like some bad horror-flick, juuuust when you think you're in the clear Jason Voorhees shoots out of the lake and grabs you by the throat. Or ears, rather.
I am of course talking about Please Mr. Sullivan.
I really don't want to talk about it, I leave it up to you experience it.

It's shit like that that makes it hard to trust anything under the Highs banner.
I can take a dud or two on a solid comp, but if it is a utter turd like this... pisses me off.
OK, I need to let it go now, sorry for the tirade..

Vintage Review:

This collection is certainly not the definitive anthology of the Chicago sixties scene; some of the album seems to be made up of so many odds and ends, and leftover tracks, i.e. not 100% death to my ears.
However, there are some great cuts to be found here, most notably the Little Boy Blues' classic "Great Train Robbery," the Omens' "Searchin" (albeit both on "Off The Wall Vol. 2"), and the Todds' "I Want Her Back." Also the amazing tortured "Dare I Weep, Dare I Mourn" by the Shaprels - angst is the word. Included too is a fab, rawer take of "I Live In The Springtime" by the Lemon Drops, released under the pseudonym "Buzzsaw."
Most of the weaker tracks are to be found on Side Two - nothing really horrible, but just ordinary, y'know? I mean, "Mr. Sullivan" by the Warner Brothers?! C'mon!!
- Mike Stax (Originally published in Ugly Things #3, 1984)


Re-upped: Off The Wall Vol. 1


Off The Wall Vol. 1


Released on Wreckord Wrack in 1983, 500 pressed

Apparently compiled by a certain Jim Atwood (he put his name on the back cover).
Let me tell ya, this is one heck of an album. And that "Special Kind of Magic" (SKoM) reigns supreme. Absolutely essential.

I think the original vinyl has gone for three figures, since it is crazy rare.

I haven't heard much of Past&Presents reissue from 2010, but I get the feeling they just rip the vinyl off of the original comps (who are not always top-notch sound-wise)
Now that is a shame because I really dig the idea of keeping these old gems available and affordable.

Off The Wall has been raided by contemporary comps (like Highs Vol. 4 - going up today), and later comps like Teenage Shutdown.

As with many of these old classic comps there is a healthy mix of styles.
Frat, punk, pop, psych & rock'n'roll - all under one umbrella!
So even if you've heard most of these tracks, the running order from here is a blissful ride.














Root '66 - The Frozen Few


Root '66 - The Frozen Few


Released on Paraquat Records in 1984

The subtitle is "Minnesota Teen Bands (1964-1967)" which seems valid.
I think a couple of bands might've actually hailed from other states, but I'm not sure. Maybe they operated in Minnesota - correct me if you know better than I do.

I don't know who was responsible for this excellent comp, but they did a mighty fine job.
You get a nice mix of 60s garage rock'n'roll, some stompin frat-rock, some downer cuts (really great), some grimy R&B and some cool straight-up garage punk.

It has been raided by later comps (and rightfully so) but some songs are still only available here.
Oh, and I have recycled (unknowingly so) a couple of tracks on my own comps.
Can't Tell You by the Fabulous Depressions was on my latest! Hm! Sorry about that.

Vintage Review:

"The land of Minnesota may not leap immediately to mind when thinking of rock'n'roll breeding grounds of the sixties, but as evidenced by this well-compiled collection, Minnesota indeed had one raving scene. Bands flocked here from all over the Upper Midwest to record their best, and while there were only a few hits plenty of wild sounds were produced.

This compilation features some of the best of the Minnesota scene, in which hundreds and hundreds of bands recorded (for the definitive discography dig "Minnesota Rocked!! The 1960s" - an utterly informative guide). Many of the bands sport a Beatle-ish influence in harmonies and guitar sound, such as the thoroughly fab "You've Made Up My Mind" by the Devilles (great chord changes!!) and "Chicks Are For Kids" by the Madhatters, with great guitar, harp and organ this one really raves! "Baby Don't Love Me" by the Rave-Ons is another well-executed attempt to sound like the Fab Four, just imagine these well-chilled Minnesota teens combing their hair down in their eyes (all 3 inches of it!) going, "Hey man, I look just like Ringo!" How cool!

Then there are the simply all-out demented goofy teen bands, like the Shandells doing "Gorilla" (complete with chimp noises, these guys were nuts!). But even more in need of mental examination are the Stingrays, with a ridiculous double-sided gem, "Shaggy Dog" b/w "The Cat Came Back." Oh man, it's so completely insipid, you've got to hear this one to believe it! The singer is horrible, especially on "The Cat Came Back," so off-key it's ridiculous! A comedy classic, for those of you who dig this sort of thing.

Some of my faves: two great Bo Diddley-beat ravers, "I've Seen You Around" by the Messengers (should've been a hit!) and "Did Ya Need Know" by Dale Gregory & the Shouters with cool electric piano and tribal R&B beat. Of course "Cry Girl" by the Kan Dells is a true piece of two-chord genius, the screams and guitar solo sure to injure the minds of those who speak of "masterful guitar work." I'd almost forgotten what a pounder this was (drummers take note!), truly on of the greatest songs recorded in the 60s!!

Well, forgive me if I've left off your fave, they're all great and this is one compilation I highly recommend, plus while you're listening to the songs and enjoying a 12-pack of Luckys you can try to decipher the subliminal cover. Oh yeah, is this guy for real with the Vic Morrow biz?"
- Bill Calhoun (Originally published in Ugly Things #4, 1985)




lördag 9 april 2016

Tougher Than Stains


Tougher Than Stains


Released on London Fog, 1995

In the mid-nineties (and beyond), sixties garage comps with soul and that Special Kind Of Magic (from now on referred as SKoM) was far and wide. But there were a few. And they were really, really good. 

Says the Llama:
"Looks like it might come from the same guy who did the classic Chosen Few comps."

What a stamp of approval!

The music spans from frat-rock to raunchy R&B to acid-punk to crudish garage.
To me,  there's not one dud!

Vintage Review:
"With its oddball, not-necessarily-related-to-the-contents cover photo and sketchy, sarcasm-laced liner notes, Tougher Than Stains reminds me of some of the great '60s garage comps of the early 1980s. What it lacks in hard facts and band pix though, it more than makes up for in character, content and overall playability.
Owners of the frustrating Boulders Volume 3 (boss selections/unbelievably atrocious sound) will share my joy at the inclusion of a full-clarity "Hey Tiger" by The Topsy Turbys. This cut has been a long time fave thanks to its hate-that-slut vocals, sinister organ line and hot guitar break, so it's great to actually hear it at last!
Other killers include Peck's Bad Boys' "Crazy World," a party sound blast full of hollerin', screamin' drunks, one of whom is responsible for an ingeniously untuneful backing vocal, and Jason Merrick & The Finders' weird, angry, social outcast punker "I'm Not What You Are."
The Dogs' "Don't Try To Help Me" must also be singled out: an atmospheric piece of desperation featuring DC5-inspired sax rasp and an obstinate two-note guitar riff that achieves the kind of deranged dissonance that art/noise/lo-fi bands today probably spend weeks in the studio trying to "conceptualize."
The flipsides of Back From the Grave faves by Half Pint & The Fifths and The Golden Catalinas add to the stomp factor of this comp, as does a crunchy instro version of "Stronger Than Dirt" by The Ardells.
The Spats' cool "Bottom Of It All" cropped up recently on Sixties Rebellion Volume 7 (as did the cut by Travis Pike's Tea Party) but here the fab Mysterians-style flipside, "The Upsetter," is also included. As great as these tracks are, I've gotta disagree with the liners: "She Done Moved" is still The Spats' deadliest moment (and another one that needs to be rescued from the murk of Boulders Volume 3 too!).
Sixties punk comps as good as this are thin on the ground these days so track it down and snap it up."
- Mike Stax (Originally published in Ugly Things #14, 1995)











Re-upped: Highs In The Mid-Sixties Vol. 1


Highs In The Mid-Sixties Vol. 1


Released on AIP in 1983

Now you have the complete set of the three first Highs albums. They promised a whole lot, and who knows what the series could have become if it hadn't lost vision and/or passion.
Now HITMS is mostly remembered as an inferior version of Pebbles.

That's unfair.



Highs In The Mid-Sixties Vol. 3


Vintage Review:

Highs In The Mid Sixties #1
The first three volumes of this series take us on a trip through Southern California from 1965-'67, exploring all the sounds of the long-haired, tanned, boot-clad youngsters. This is a well-packaged series, with good Pebbles-style liner notes and lots of pictures.

Volume One, '65: "Teenage Rebellion," traces the teen bands to the beginning of folk-rock and punk, and opens with the Avengers' "Be A Caveman" and the Colony's "All I Want," raving lunacy! (Repeats from Moxie Records is the major flaw in this particular volume - M.S.). Also featured are early cuts from the Starfires, Limey & the Yanks, the Spats, and the Standells.

Volume Two, '66: "Riot On Sunset Strip" gives us a heavy dose of protest - the Strip riots and folk-rock dominate this volume, with Terry Randall's "S.O.S" and Sonny Bono's "Sunset Symphony." Then there's boss tracks from the Satans, the Bees and the Grim Reepers, to name just three. This is a well-rounded, action-packed album, the best of the series. If you only get one, get this one.

Volume Three, '67: "Mondo Hollywood A Go-Go" is the least interesting for my money - the few great tracks (The Lyrics, Research 1-6-12, Somebody's Chyldren) hardly make up for Kim Fowley's Canyon People "grooving with nature and each other." Skip this one, and get the first two.
- Ray Brandes (Originally published in Ugly Things #3, 1984)

fredag 8 april 2016

Highs In The Mid-Sixties Vol. 3


Highs In The Mid-Sixties Vol. 3


AIP Records 1983


Vintage Review:

"Volume Three, '67: "Mondo Hollywood A Go-Go" is the least interesting for my money - the few great tracks (The Lyrics, Research 1-6-12, Somebody's Chyldren) hardly make up for Kim Fowley's Canyon People "grooving with nature and each other." Skip this one, and get the first two."
- Ray Brandes (Originally published in Ugly Things #3, 1984)


Mhmm?


Let's hear what Patrick the Llama has to say:

"This is perhaps the best volume in the series; consistent and with a sensible track selection. Punk fans won't find much here but it's an essential item for any acid-punk/garage-psych fan. Lots of strange numbers."


Yes this indeed a different trip than the first two volumes covering the scene in Southern California '65 - '67. 
The question is how far you are ready to tread the psychedelic path.

This is a crux that trails back decades and is in this day and age pretty silly.
But if you are super-ortodox (which a whole bunch of fans of this scene seems to be) then listening this album thru must be like chinese water torture.

I must say I was surprised. It is - like the Llama said - "consistent and with a sensible track selection".
It really manages to paint a picture.

The music spans from folk-rock to acid-punk to sunshine-pop to mild psychedelia.
If you put this and the two that came before it, you'll in for a pretty interesting listening while experiencing how the music changed those three or four years from '65 to '67/'68.

http://www47.zippyshare.com/v/BpzV5zu1/file.html



Re-upped: The Chosen Few Vol. 2


The Chosen Few Vol. 2


Tom-Tom Records 1983

Says Patrick the Llama: "Even better second volume if you ask me, mostly because it has a marvellous consistency all the way thru, like it was recorded by one single monster group. This is the real classy stuff. Side 2 recycles several of the top 45s on the hallowed Fenton label. A good one to play for non-believers."

From the same "east coast garage scenester" Bruce who's responsible for the first volume.

Plays great, really a bunch of über-classics. The B-side is insanely great.

Vintage review:
""The Chosen Few - Vol. 1" is considered by many to be the best garage compilation of last year, and your life is incomplete and shallow without it. Here's Volume Two, and it proves that whoever puts these out knows what's cool. Though the sound isn't as good as the first one, the selection is just about as good. Punk insanity reigns throughout, with seventeen screamers to the end. I'd go into the big review of how this fuzz is cool, that scream is monstrous, on and on, but all the cuts are great, so justcut the shit and buy it now!"
- Ron Rimsite (Originally published in Ugly Things #3, 1984)"

Ron is right in everything except the sound. I have gotten hold of great rips and Chosen Few Vol. 2 has never sounded this good.

So what do you think? Is the first, or second album who is the best? Which one is your favorite?
I know which one's mine.









torsdag 7 april 2016

Re-upped: The Chosen Few Vol. 1


Re-upped: The Chosen Few Vol. 1


Released on Au-Go-Go label in 1983.

Vintage Review:

The Chosen Few #2
Punk fans who have been recently whining about the decreasing quality of the zillions (or maybe just scads) of garage compilations will have no complaint with this recent one. I mean, when I put this record on my Radio Shack stereo, out came the spoken words, "The universe is permeated with the odor of kerosene!" This followed by a ripping fuzz lick and a WAAAGHHH!!! Scream..I knew I had gotten my $10 worth with this one! It was the "Gonn" doing "The Blackout Of Gretely" (four and a half maniacal minutes). Just one of fourteen such screaming punk-rockers guaranteed to blow the minds of anyone within earshot, and give Duran Duran followers severe brain tumors as well! If snarl and fuzz are your trip get this record now!
- Ron Rimsite (Originally published in Ugly Things #2, 1983)

Says Johan Kugelberg: "compiled by east coast garage scenester Bruce".
That goes for volume two as well, but let us stay a while at the first outing.

If you appreciate the universal garage-sound, what with spindly organs, a snotty singer, hard riffing and the occasional scream - then this is probably the best collection available.

Especially in 1983, before Mr Warren raised the bar for how a good collection should sound - well, not least sonically...

Probably this, Chosen Few 2, Pebbles 2 and 5, together with Back From The Grave 1, 3 and 5 decidedly are the best early collections - if you look at the selection of singles.
They are at the very least canonical.

It also possesses that special charm that few collections do nowadays. I would venture to say that that special kind of magic disappeared towards the end of the eighties.

After that there was sleepy studies of small local labels, elongated CDs lined up with "killers" and a myriad of records that are plagued by pitiful sound.

I digress.

If there would be something significantly wrong with this comp, it'd be the last track - Why Ain't Love Fair by Thee Wylde Main-Iacs.
That track was recorded in 1982 by Erik Lindgren and some cohorts of his, trying to fool the world of geeky record collectors. I can't imagine that he managed to trick any of 'em, and the it sticks out like a soar thumb.

So here's what lil ol' revisionist falsifier-of-history me did:
I switched it.

And the track chosen was I Need Love by the Third Booth. It was suggested by garage-guru Mark Taylor, and I think it was an excellent choice.

That was that.
The only other snafu was that the MG & the Escorts wasn't listed on the back cover, but well on the sleeve.

Enjoy this fascinating piece of art and history.
Listen to it with true devotion.
Don't just unzip it, pop it in and go about your day.
Breath it in.
Breath it out.






Pennsylvania Unknowns


Pennsylvania Unknowns


 1982 sole release on Time Tunnel Records (only 500 pressed)

This is not the digital PU that is floating around the internetz. I replaced all (save for two) tracks with better - or much better - rips.

Don't get turned off by the introductory Stones-ish I Need Love. After that we get a great and eclectic set of  tracks.
Some janglers, some crude rockers, some psyche-tinged primitive pop, some moody garage, some acid punk..

A real solid album which I urge you to get.

http://www17.zippyshare.com/v/j6RTglyD/file.html



onsdag 6 april 2016

Folk Rock EP


Folk Rock EP


Released in 1981 on Moxie Records.

Real cheesy EP. Nothing you'd play on yer first date, so to speak.
All six tracks are on the folk rock side, and pretty solid I guess.
Still pretty boring.

I really dig Anymore by Beer but other than that - this is not a comp I'll go back to anytime soon.

You still get that "Moxie" feel from it - sometimes that is nice but sometimes it just makes you feel icky and gives you the illusion that you smell like cob-webs and moldy cardboard.

http://www100.zippyshare.com/v/XHau2C8c/file.html


Re-upped: Psychedelic Unknowns EP Vol. 1 to 3


Re-upped: Psychedelic Unknowns EP Vol. 1 to 3


Pennsylvania record collector and musician Billy Synth threw these three gems together in 1979.
And did he ever get shit straight! If you dig psych-tinged sixties beat, or are a garage-head with a high tolerance for slightly psychedelic songs then this is three (3) all-killer EPs.
Uh then again, if you a psych-nut then you won't find anything of worth here.

Why? It says Psychedelic Unknowns!

Nooo, there's not that much psychedelia here. The garage sounds eclipse the psychedelic sounds by far. And the stuff you could rank as "psychedelic" lies more between Pebbles. 3 and Psychedelic Disaster Whirl. Or as I like to call it - Acid Punk.

And yes - since its an "all classics ride" you have heard all these before on countless comps.
But as I stated before - this project is first and foremost focused on the comps themselves.
To relive those moments 20, 30 or 40 years ago when you hurried home with a new disc in your hand.
To remember how it was when you heard I'm A Living Sickness, To Be Or Not To Be or I'm Gone Slide for the first time.
And for you to realize that you are still under the spell of sixties garage.

Enjoy my fellow fiends!


Psychedelic Unknowns Vol. 1 - 3

http://www1.zippyshare.com/v/3m4RWAwQ/file.html

Psychedelic Unknowns Vol. 1

http://www1.zippyshare.com/v/zBtKdA2L/file.html

Psychedelic Unknowns Vol. 2

http://www1.zippyshare.com/v/mPSNo3Ui/file.html

Psychedelic Unknowns Vol. 3

http://www1.zippyshare.com/v/vLLdmBdY/file.html



tisdag 5 april 2016

Re-upped: 60s Punk Sampler Vol. 1 to 4


Re-upped: 60s Punk Sampler Vol. 1 - 4


Moxie Records released a bunch of cool stuff in the late 70s into the late 80s.
It was run by one eccentric character: Dave Gibson. He was also responsible for the fancy artwork.
I'm really curious about Dave Gibson. I don't know anything about him, but I think he was some kind of DIY entrepreneur, a flee-market rat, a hoarder and a well-functioning nut - like most successful fans of this genre seem to be. Cheers mr. Gibson!

The first 3 EPs was released in 78, 79 and 80. The 4th was released in 1988.
I got all 4 of 'em in a box (released in '88 too) called "60's Punk EP Box" with two candles and two balloons and a folder with some crappy scans of labels.

I put all 4 EP into one zip - to make shit easier for you. Cause I care.

http://www107.zippyshare.com/v/uvctBtE4/file.html 


Re-upped: Punk Classics Vol. 1 to 4


Punk Classics Vol. 1 to 4


Punk Classics was 5 EPs released in 1984 to 1987 on the shoddy label Garageband.
The fifth Punk Classic contains 6 rather pedestrian covers (One exception being Preachers Who Do You Love.)




http://www2.zippyshare.com/v/Bf0n8Txs/file.html

So here ya go, I the 4 first Punk Classics EPs. I found much better scans over at discogs.

On another note: I have noticed that my own comps seem to generate more interest than the revamped old comps. So I have one new set on the stove.
But sometimes those things can take a little time and inspiration to get done.

Meanwhile, I'm sticking to the relaxing work of re-upping links to the comps I already revamped. (Just to make this blog look active..)
If there is a comp you think I should freshen up, plz comment and I will get right to it.



måndag 4 april 2016

Highs In The Mid-Sixties Vol. 2


Highs In The Mid-Sixties Vol. 2


Hey, this is a pretty hot set!!
But the context of the album seem to lose it's way pretty quick. The first two tracks give me a vague feel of the sixties and the Sunset Strip (even if it's a pretty kitschy feel). But Sandals? Really? Chymes? I don't think this is the ride I was hoping for.
But just before I start to despair the set kicks in!

We get Bees slightly disturbed Trip To New Orleans.
We get Roosters One Of These Days that outflies the Byrds.
We get Tangents ripping Hey Joe in half.
We the rough and tou.. oh yeah.. no we didn't. Ken & the Guardians stellar punksplotion accidently takes a tumble and lands with its soft belly exposed - Rovin' Heart.

And this is where the revisionist in me steps in and says - "nooo David, this is not ok. This is not what this album was meant to be! Mistakes were made and now you can turn it around! Rewrite history and include See If I Care instead!!!"

So I did.

And this solid platter don't slow down til the end.

From 1983, AIP Records.

http://www20.zippyshare.com/v/BaSCcaYV/file.html

Pebbles Vol. 3


Pebbles Vol. 3


A flawed masterpiece? A golden turd?
The subtitle promise to blow your minds and that it contains 18 classics - and psychedelia even!
It fails miserably.
My mind is unscathed, there's only 17 songs (they lost Horror Asparagus Stories when it was time to master the album) and when it comes to "classics" - how is that even possible? Classic to whom? Nerdy record collectors?

The biggest bullshit marketing in the subtitle is the word "psychedelic".
Had they written "sixties novelties" instead, they'd be right on the money.
And you'd be less frustrated and better informed if you chose to pick this one up.

Compare this to Psychedelic Disaster Whirl - can't do it, can you?
It's like comparing a spritzer to a hit of acid.

So why should I revamp it?
Why not let it be buried forever?

Well, as much as frustrating and irritating it is to listen to it, it is also quite amusing.
Like listening to your old dad tell a lengthy joke that rambles on without any trace of context or funny lines, just peppered with silliness and anecdotes only a kid would enjoy.

And that's the key. Find your inner child and remember those days when you just got the new Mad Magazine and leafed through the pages with excitement and fascination.
Or Creepy Magazine for that matter. (you kids too young to get that analogy - use fuckin' google you history-less morons.)

And if you get into that vibe, this album opens up like a flower. Or like a pop-up book.

So I won't rage over Condello, curse over Jefferson Handkerchief or ask if anyone in the universe think Like A Dribbling Fram is hilarious.

I experienced the same frustrations when I put it together today as I felt some 20 years ago when I first bought it.
It's always nice to take a stroll down memory lane.
But if you're prone to heart-failure due to boredom, I'd stay away from this.
The ones that really is worth the fee is already on the Psychedelic Disaster Whirl expansions that I posted earlier.

söndag 3 april 2016

You Take Me For Rides


You Take Me For Rides



Fabulous Rumbles - The Truth Hurts More Than Lies

"Before we met I was lonely, then you came into my life
darling, you're my one and only, let me stay here by your side"

Great PS on this and an awesome way to kick of fthis (long overdue) set of songs.
Definately a grower, I just happened to have it in a playlist and it soon crept under my skin.
At first it was pretty 'meh' in my ears, but it is really a nifty little mersey-esque ditty.

Fabulous Rumbles released one more 45 in 1966 then lost the "fabulous" and just went with "Rumbles" and released 2 more 45's on Mercury in 1966 and 1967.

(Omaha, NE) Apr '65
Dad's 101


Try-Angle - Writing On The Wall

"I see you walking down the street, and for a moment our eyes meet
if that's the way you want it, that's the way it will be - you don't love me no more"

Try-Angle stops a little short from releasing a 2-sided killer, because even if both sides are epic in their own right, they just don't quite soar the hights of Dovers, Squires and Es Shades.
 Still - that is why I like it.
This rickety trolley is just rolling down the street with a dejected hollow sound without wanting to get too much attention.

Now, that is true downer garage right there!

(Franklin, IN) Nov '67
Orlyn 2553



Citations - The Day That She'll Go

"And now the time has come, I know
Today's the day that she will go"

What this jangler lacks lyrics-wise it makes up with crude naïve honesty.
This was their sole 45 and it has a pretty sorry flip. But I like this one.

(Lowell, MA) Jul '66
Pre-Sav Enterprises 122586


Hustlers - The Sky Is Black

"Every night I wait for your call on the phone, it's no good - for the sky is black. Ooh.."

The haunting gasp of the freezing desert wind's got nothing on Hustlers.
Steadily on the verge of dropping their instruments and break down in tears, Hustlers soldiers on and makes their way thru the horror of teenage angst.

(???) '67
Orlyn 1949


Seventh Cinders - You Take Me For Rides

"Don't try to change the way that I feel - I don't wanna love you if your love isn't real"

Now we're talkin'! The Seventh Cinders makes sure this set get rockin and the tears starts rollin!
I could talk endlessly about this track and its hauntingly crude-ee-ful cinematic qualities but I will settle with just pointing the way to when the singer dances thru the moonlit misty graveyard, hopping from headstone to headstone singing "I don't wanna love you.." in his most romantic falsetto.

(Midland Park, NJ) ??
Greezie 502


Dead Wunz - Til I'm Beside Her

"I lose just all desire, unless I am beside her"

Romantic loser mid-tempo ballad. Seems like it was written by some prince who lost his Cinderella at a dance where they danced until dawn and he.. well he refers to the winter and that he has no desire to live since she's gone. Cute.

(Chicago, IL) '67
Orlyn 5123


Fabulous Depressions - Can't Tell You

"My world's been a mess for a couple of years, I think that pretty soon I'm gonna break out in tears"

Oh my gawd this sounds so much like Action Woman, it's insane! Well, might be because the Fabulous Depressions hailed from Minnesota - just like Litter - and they might've picked up a trick or two.
Just sayin'.
And hey - check those drums! Dem drums and dat organ makes it all come together.

(New Ulm, MN) Jan '68
Madd 123167


Newports - Life Must Go On

"And wars will go on, and life must go on"

The Byrds seems to be lurking in the shadows in this grisly jangler. Even Dylan would probably frown at the gruesome imagery of the lyrics (who covers topics that sadly is as valid today as it was then.)

(Ormond Beach, FL) May '67
Zebb 155


Sounds Of Randall - Wasting My Time

"I've gotta know now!"

Looks pretty pedestrian on the surface but gets to you after repeated listening.
I can't put my finger on it. Might be some honest urgency goings on that is casting spells on me.

(Sunset, LA) Apr '66
Carl 101


Vandals - Mystery

"It's a mystery, I gotta find out"

Vandals put out 3 solid 45's (their second featured I Saw Her In A Mustang, which is supreme raunchness), this being their first. Mystery was released again on the Tiara label (which also put out Melvin by Belles) but in another version.
Pretty solid production, I must say. Atleast more solid than the relationship between the singer and his girlfriend because my friend - that mystery you can't figure out seems pretty easy to solve.

(Hollywood, FL) '65
Parole no #


Pushin' - Just Tell Her

"You may come within my world but I guarantee the sorrow"

Sweet jeezuzz! What heavy moods! What dark thoughts!

Pushin' is totally off the charts when it comes to their sound. This is from the heady days of heavy rock, glitzy glam, rising disco and ramalama New York Dolls/Iggy & the Stooges proto-punk fests where Ramones are waiting in the wings in steamy backstages oh, and cocaine and heroin and tits and ass and all that jazz..
But Pushin' is content with the soft and clunky sounds they make themselves without too much noise and neon lights and fast drugs.
You can HEAR that this isn't from 1966 but man, the song sounds it is coming straight out of a sixties New England garage.

(PS I listed this as Don't Tell Her which is wrong - it is Just Tell Her, nothing else.)

(CA) '73
ALA 4422


Hangmen - I'm Gonna Love You

"Til the end of time"

It is night. The studio is locked up. All is dark. No one is around. Ooorrr?
Hangmen slowly creeps in and begins to gently poke the instruments. When they are sure that they are alone they start to rock out in the most royal way.

Badum-dingdingdingding
"anyone there?"
dumdumdumdum
"I don't think so..?"
ploinkploinkploinkploink
"OK LET'S GO!"
IMMA LOVE YA BABY!

The guys later recorded as the Five Canadians who we all know and love.

(San Antonio, TX) 
Flo-Pin 101


Blue Condition - Lost Love

"She said there's no reason in trying"

Not as late as Pushin', but pretty late anyway, Blue Condition was a good 3 years past their time on this romantic ballad. Which is cool in my book. Which means they probably weren't dirty filthy hippies. Which is pretty cool too.
The flip to this is an insane slab of acid punk that probably renders this 45 costing top dollars and an arm and a leg.
That is, if you ever find it. I don't think there are too many in existence. Like, one. And I don't think the owner is about to sell it anytime soon.

(IL) Feb '69
Tersa 101


Apollos - Never Again

"I see the sand, I see the river, and my eyes shed a tear just like before"

Hold it! Hooold it!! I SAID HOLD IT GODDAMN IT!!!
This is so fuckin great!! If you can't dig this...I don..I ca.. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT?!? HUH?!?!
What more could you possibly demand from a bunch of awkward pimply teens?
Fuck Dovers! OK? Fuck Squires, fuck Es Shades, fuck it all!

Now you fuckin come here, stand next to - HEY COME BACK HERE! FUCKER!
Now you stand here next to this kid, he's just come back from a tear-soaked stroll down the fuckin RIVER which he - IN TEARS - wrote a song about! And now you rate it. Yeah, you heard me. Read him what you rated it in TeenBeat Mayhem (now on sale). Ok kid, listen to what this geezer thought of your openhearted song about getting your heart broken and all that.
You don't wanna tell it to him? Ok I'll tell it to him.

Three. He gave you a three. On a fuckin ten-scale, he gave you a three.
The description of what a three sounds like is - SHUDDUP YES I HAVE TO TELL IT TO HIM! - is, and I quote, "dull and ordinary". Yes. So now you know kid, the next time you hear your heart break - that sound, ya know? That is dull and ordinary.

Heartless sons of bitches!

(South Bend, IL) '66
Orlyn 0984


Weeble Foxx - I'm Your Fellow Man

"People!!"

Folk-rock overload! Weeble Foxx has so many important things to tell that the mic barely can take them all in! But it sounds earnest and very important.
And that is good enough for me.

(Warren-Youngstown, OH) Jan '66
Mark I 4115


Tempters - I Will Go

"ooooh, ooooh"

This song absolutely hypnotizes me. It sways back and forth, it hums secret words I barely make out.
It is as if I don't really want to know more than that. It is here now, it has always been here and will always be here.
I don't even wanna know what it is all about.
I just love it.

(Hamilton, OH) Apr '66
Link 708