For this comp I had a mission. And that mission was to round up all the best tracks from Fuzz Flaykes & Shakes by Tony the Tiger, and the good 'uns from Sixties Rebellion.
Now - Sixties Rebellion had already been looted, pillaged and ransacked when they made the Teenage Shutdown series. So I only found two or so tracks I wanted to use.
I found more on Fuzz Flaykes & Shakes.
The rest is some shit that just came in my path. I don't always remember where or when I stumble across the tracks that ends up on these comps.
Almost all songs here rated a 5 or 6 on the TeenBeat Mayhem 10-point scale, most of them fairly judged. Some not.
Oh, and this is vol. 35. Before The Dawn is vol. 36. But I posted Before The Dawn before this which was a mistake. Ah, the sweet confusion of European garage comps.
ATTIC SOUNDS - SHADOWS
"..yesterdays kiss is still warm.."
Heavy drums and an undulating bass kicks off the set.
High-end garage which seems to be aiming at the billboard.
At the end of January 2017 it is priced at $274.98 which is a little too steep, I think. But what do I know, I'm way too poor to afford to collect these gems. TeenBeat Mayhem tells us it is a "gtr-tamborine jangle-tuff voc" and hands it a 5 rating. Pretty accurate to me, though I might give a 6 instead. Mike released a handful more 45's, but nothing that I've heard.
(Silver Spring, MD) Jul '66
JOURNEY MEN - SHE'S SORRY
"..and though she could not find the word you know - she's sorry.."
"The Journey men were a five member band of Brunswick high school students. The band included Jim Kerns on lead guitar and vocals, Howard Cook on organ and vocals, Dale Seeds on bass and vocals, Ron MacMillan on guitar and vocals, and Bob Levandowski on drums. The band decided to take a trip down to Florida and while there, recorded an excellent teen garage 45 for the Tampa based Boss label."
The Journey Men shared label (Boss) with the Berkley Five that recorded the fantastic You're Gonna Cry and also the ultra-awesome combo the Rovin' Flames that released 4 winning 45, the second being on Boss. (Check out the Flames stunning back-catalog on this playlist). This was the Journey Men's sole 45, on the flip you'll find the mersey-esque ballad Short And Sweet.
(Brunswick, OH) '67
APOLLOES - LAUGH IN MY FACE
"..we used to walk hand in hand.."
Awesome downer mid-tempo ballad. Some sweet organ och smooth soothing strumming on the guitar. The flip is the slow yawnish stomp of Hey.
Apolloes released two more 45s as Apolloes and two as the Swingin' Apolloes. The last of the Apolloes and the first Swingin' Apolloes 45s was the same 2 songs (may have been re-recorded) - the Blue-Cheer-meats-Beach-Boys version (not as cool as it sounds) Summertime Blues and Slow Down which features some "wigged out" and "groovy" and "far out" backwards guitar wizardry.
The last 45 is the "dreamy psych gem" Chained & Bound. Actually kinda cool popsyke.
Anyhoo, this is rated 7 in TeenBeat Mayhem. I'd give it a 6. But it is a very strong 6.
(Middle Georgia Collage, Cocharane, GA) Nov '65
FIRST CROW TO THE MOON - WE WALK THE RAIN
"..I don't care what you've done, I don't care where you've been.."
This fucker is easily the strongest track on this set. To me the First Crow To The Moon is right up there with Human Expression and Dovers. Hm, maybe not. But almost. Here they atleast sound like a mix of them.
Uhm no they really really really sound like the Zombies.
The lyrics are pretty powerful stuff. Just check out these lines: "I don't care who you are, I don't care what you've seen, no matter what they say they'll never ever come between (we walk the rain) our love.."
Get it? Our protagonist is hangin' out with a girl that has a real bad reputation but he don't give a fuck what she's been, or not been, up to. "Their lies will never penetrate the kind of love I'm in". That's some pretty heady teenage poetry right there!
There's a story about the origins of the zany name First Crow To The Moon and the mostly accepted is that it was a misprint on their (sole) 45 and it should say "Crew" and not "Crow".
But I've also heard that they actually was named "First Crow"..
Whatever the truth, both a fuckin' stupid names.
We Walk The Rain sounds a little wonky due to some 90s dodgy mixing (a bit too clinic and in atrocious stereom, it is mixed from the master tapes I 'spose) but that can't take away any of the power from this potent moody punker.
"..mysteries in my souls and worries on my mind.."
A short summary
The Other Four were a San Diego garage band that released three singles in 1965 and 1966, the last of them appearing on the Decca label. Most of the group had played in the Man-Dells who put out an unimpressive single in the winter of 1964/1965. The Other Four's 45s were better but still rather unexceptional efforts that were pretty typical of what countless other bands in the United States were doing at the time. The singles varied between standard pop/rock garage; a more slickly produced harmony pop/rocker ("These Are the Words"); a tune with a folk-rockish riff that sounded a bit like the Monkees at their hardest-rocking ("Once and for All Girl"); a pointless cover of Kenny Dino's 1961 hit "Your Ma Said You Cried in Your Sleep Last Night"; and a daintily arranged tune ("How Do You Tell a Girl") that was a little reminiscent of the mid-'60s Beach Boys' productions, though of course not remotely in the same league. Members Rick Randle and Norman Lombardo later played together (and were the songwriters for) the Brain Police, a San Diego psychedelic group that recorded an obscure demo album in 1968. Richie Underberger
Richie is right on the money. The other two songs by the band that are ok are Why? and Once And For All Girl, but I do find the Yardbird-sy Searching For My Love sweet as hell.
Real nice moody garage pop.
Rated 5 in TBM and now also by me.
(San Diego, CA) Dec '65
CHECKMATES - HEY GIRL
"..I've been in love before and I just can't go through it anymore.."
Checkmates from Texas released 2 45s on the Ruff label, a cool label that also put out the fuzz-powered uptempo Please Come Back by Yall's and the highly original rhumbadelic punk of That's The Way My Love Is by the Trolls not to mention sunny psychedelic swinger Walking In The Queens Garden by the US version of Them.
Back to Checkmates!
Hey Girl is an irresistible slice of bouncing jangling americanized merseypop.
Fantastic sound on this great little gem!
Rated 4 in TBM but I'd give it atleast a 5.
(Amarillo, TX) Mar '65
MYSTERIONS - IS IT A LIE
"..day and night I sit at home and I cry.."
More sounding-slightly-pedestrian-but-is-really-GODHEAD mersey-ish pop! It is sooo hard to tire of this adorable little ditty. Great drums, great guitars, supercool bass, cool laid-back vocals.
TBM gives it a 6, I'd kick it up a notch to...hmmm..7.
And what about the Jox label? Yeah, you can find some more cool collectable tracks there.
Solid mersey-esque with excellent playing all through. And an anguished scream at 1:10.
The lyrics are of the, what shall I say, spartan kind. I've heard wordier pieces by the Ramones.
Also, there's this crazy reverb on it. It's like the singer is sitting in a slightly different dimension.
That reverb could be something that was laying around in the studio since Noblemen's labelmates the Incrowd also got some crazy reverb on their chaotic Set Me Free.
(McCordsville, IN) Nov '65
PALACE GUARDS - SORRY
"..never knew how much I cared, until I realized that she wasn't there.."
"..where can she be.."
...but the rating of this in TBM is crazy - a 5? No, this is totally a 6, 7 even!
This was Amoeba's sole 45, and Lost Love is their only recorded original song. The flip is a run-through of Stones version of Time Is On My Side. Lost Love is very spooky number and you get the feeling of creeping around in damp and dark catacombs, looking for undead love.
(-, TX) Aug '65
PRIMATES - SHE
"..I tried to make her happy, make her smile.."
Primates was another band that put out two fantastic 45s, both on Marko. One of them is the flip side to this - the stone-cold classic Knock On My Door. In '66 they released Don't Press Your Luck which turned out to be their last.
She is a stunning piece of teenage drama.
(Astoria, NY) Sep '65
BITTER SWEETS - SHE TREATS ME BAD
"..when she left me - I died that day.."
Heavy on the atmosphere and packed with hurt young feelings. Bitter Sweets would record two more 45s and then transform into 20th Century Zoo who released 4 more singles, one being the storming stomper You Don't Remember.
(Scottsdale, AZ) Jul '66
HI-NOTES - WITHOUT YOU DARLING
"..how much do I love you I don't know why, but without you darling I would die.."
Heartfelt vocals, swirling organ, driving drums. Pretty bullet-proof ballad. Buy it now for a scandalous $350. On the flip you'll find the awkward Goodbye Baby.
Rated 6 in TBM and by me as well. Or maybe a 7..
(Silver Spring, MD) Nov '65 Stroidon 174
SUNRISERS - I SAW HER YESTERDAY
"..and I knew that my love had to die.."
Ominous mip-tempo downer. Awful flip. They later changed their name to What Four (Rollem) and recorded a very unimpressive single and then sunk into oblivion.
TBM and me agree rating this with 6 out of 10
(Litte Neck-Whitestone, NY) Oct '66
EYE ZOOMS - SHE'S GONE
"..I'll get down on my knees and pray, but she's gone now..oh no.."
This tune is so darn sweet, man.. fantastic piano in the background lends a slightly haunted-house feel, and the exquisite guitar solo flies like a lonely strand in the wind. The singer seems to be in a never-ending-alice-in-wonderland-slow-fall kind of a state of mind.
Very druggy, really. I've said it before and I'll say it again. A lot of these old pre-psychedelic ballads can possess some very potent qualities.
TBM rates it a 5 but to me this is at least a seven. One of the most impressive tracks on this set.
(Toledo, OH) Oct '65
MISSING LINKS - I CRIED GOODBYE
"..you had your arms around someone new. Oh I cried..yes cried goodbye.."
Absolutely incredible one-of-a-kind moody garage. This is rated 5 too - way too low! Just as Eye Zoom's She's Gone it has something special about it, something that makes it transcends your usual moody garage ballad. Just check the spoken words on the outro.
The flip is a very loony version of Heartbreak Hill.
This is the first of three albums released on Epilogue records. The other two are Josefus and Truth, not really what we're looking for.
If you're not looking for trouble, that is. The Josefus album (EPI 002) has a different version of the five-hour epic apocalyptic hippie-ripper "Dead Man". Funny. We didn't even need the original version.
Enough talking about insignificant pleasantries.
What we have here is 16 tracks from 14 Indiana groups.
You could argue that this is one of those so-so, standard, meat-and-potato garage comps.
And you'd be half-right.
It tries, and fails. Tries, and fails again. Throws a sureshot - but it's too late.
This is not a watertight comp. This is the kind of comp that used to leave me frustrated and bewildered some 20 years ago.
"Do people actually like this shit?" I would ask myself. "I can't believe I paid $20 for this fucker! I can't understand why I didn't listen to it in the store! Fuck it, this is it, I'm never buying another fuckin' garage comp!!"
I lied, of course. I would buy more comps. A lot of them too. My faith would never be restored. But it wasn't Hoosier Hotshots that broke my spirit.
It was actually some impotent professor-esque albums that was flying under the flag of Big BeatsNuggets From The Golden State. It just bored me out of my fuckin face.
I swear - when I opened the CD-case, a moth stumbled out, coughed out some dust, wiped his glasses on his cotton vinyl-friendly gloves, spewed out some trivial facts about pressing plant numbers, release dates, locales and the benefit of making garage comps from masters instead of original 45's. He then checked his prostate himself, made himself a cup of green tea and passed out on the sofa. He's still there. He's funny, my friend the moth.
Yeah, Hoosier Hotshots ain't that bad. It has some immediate killers (Not killers really. More like manslaughterers. In selfdefense-ers)
We have XL's classic acid punk clawing itself into your ears. I can't stand that high-pitched fuzz but I guess it is a matter of taste.
Cirkit is undeniably one of the best tracks here.
The Endd of Out Of My Hands fame (Pebbles #9) does a pretty damn neat hazy freakbeaty slice of psych.
Those three are the only ones that really grabs you the first listen. And they're all relatively pedestrian garage.
So you feel a little bit empty the first time you've listened through it. That is when you listen to it again. If not right away, then atleast in the near future.
And then details hiding in the dark corners will emerge, voices from testosterone of yore will beckon your name and you will slowly come to a realization: this is a good album.
It is not great. But it is good.
I checked it out on Discogs and my-oh-fuck-me-my what an overpriced slice of sausage.
60 bucks? Seems legit.. I tell ya, those vinyl-collecting pharaohs are paying too much. Masochists. Consider it entry fee for the country club.
And what did I do wrong this time?
I repeated tracks. Second Choice and Tell Me Girl is on Before The Dawn goddammit!
I didn't plan to revamp this, but I did anyway, then Ichanged my mind and somehow they sipped through so when I changed my mind again I find I repeated those two fuckers.
Sorry 'bout that.
While regions such as the Northwest and New England and states like Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida, California, Ohio, Minnesota and even Colorado have been represented by 60s garage compilations, Indiana seems to have been ignored until now. To be honest, I'm not even sure where it is on the map!
However, judging from this brand new album, the Hoosier State also had its share of frustrated teenage musicians learning how to play guitars when they could've been trying out for the school football team or doing their geography homework (so they'd know where to find their home state on the map).
Hoosier Hotshots is a good package with a glossy cover (which smells great for some reason) and an info-packed 8-page booklet.
Things start out with the XLs' "Second Chance," a creepy organ mezmerizer making good use of an unusual deadpan lead vocal, but I've little use for their other cut, a later psych thing on which the guitarist applies dentist drill fuzz leads to your nerve ends.
The Cirkit show how fuzz should be used on "Yesterday We Laughed," which has a fat, aggressive fuzztone riff and some original tricks in the arrangement.
The Wild Things are anything but, yet their "I'm Not For You" is an amazing mid-tempo haunter with some inspired changes and a magical basement production: all muffled bass, cheap reverb, rattling tambourine and almost-in-tune guitars.
In the teen ballad stakes there's Sir Winston & The Commons, whose "One Last Chance" is a cool Merseyish pleader which sounds like it was recorded from inside the bass drum. The Teen Tones' "Long Cold Winter" is another heart-tugger enhanced by some lonely wind effects ala Joe Meek. Yeah!
Blues Inc. turn in a nice, Zombies-inspired tune, "Tell Me Girl," complete with electric piano and breathy Blunstoned vocals.
The Endd (of "Out of My Hands" semi-fame) make an appearance with "Come On Into My World." Trouble is, after a promising beginning, the second half of the song degenerates into a distorted facsimile of Robert Plant fronting Blue Cheer (kind of like a lot of those long-hair/cut-off jeans bands that are always on TV nowadays, come to think of it).
I prefer the Dukes' "Take Your Love," a twisted minor-key pop song with simple guitar and bass interplay and a slightly spastic rhythm which keeps the song on the verge of total collapse - hey, sometimes that's the best place to be!
Other good tracks include the Shooting Stars' "I Love Her Anyway," a pounding shouter (or should that be shouting pounder?) from the teenage Louie/Sloopy/Lupe Lu school of 3-chord tricks, the Brit-style R&B of the Backdoor Men's "Evil," and a fine incompetent thudder by the Ferris Wheel. All of these tracks support the basic premise of this enjoyable comp and others like it: to hell with sophistication - leave that to the wimps!
- Mike Stax (Originally published in Ugly Things #11, 1992)
Much thanks to a friendly user, we can let our eyes feast on the original cover to the cassette.
Awesome! These things should be preserved to be enjoyed by future generations.
I seriously think that.
Psych-Out – PSY102 Cassette 1983
I have absolutely no idea what this is. Sometimes you stumble on random comps and this is one of them.
It is a sensible mix of garage and aimed at the psych-head side of the garage scene - I guess?
We get some moody tracks, some slightly psych-ish tracks, a fistful of classics (still not comped to hell way back when this cassette was released in 1983), two! (2) Hey Joes, , Beatles original drummer Pete Best's own little band (Pete Best Four, duh), some major bands (Electric Prunes, Chocolate Watch Band, Cryan Shames, Music Machine) and it all ends with Golden Cups epic cover of Hey Joe.
It is a great introductory course in garage, especially what garage was a lot about in the mid 80's.
I recommend all newcomers to explore this set. Old black-belt garage connoisseurs like myself don't have much to find here. Except some reminiscence, which is good enough for me.
Despite valiant efforts, I failed to find the original cover to the cassette so I made my own. I was trying to capture the aesthetics of the day but only had half of my ass invested so.. well, I made a cover anyway. If you have the original let me know and I'll update this post.
What I urge you to do now, my friends, is to download this set, copy it to a cassette (C60 I s'pose) and let that shit get tangled up and stuck in your car. You don't have a cassette player in your car? OK, in your boombox then? No? Your stereo? Walkman?
OK then just let it rest in peace on a bookshelf or loan it to a friend who loses it or drop it behind the bed where they usually ended up back in the daze.
Urgh, this might be my last comp - it's getting harder and harder to make good comps. And this is kinda stinky. (I actually have a semi-cool comp coming up so hold the fort!)
Oh and on this I made a classic blunder - I jumped one volume: the last one I did was vol. 34 and now this is vol. 36!
I know atleast two other series that made the same mistake; Sixties Rebellion (#13) and Psychedelic Unknowns (#10).
I would rate this set 6 on a ten-scale. But I did put in a lot of time to get a good flow, and all these songs are cherry-picked, and I have listened to it, thinking it was kinda nice.
Just don't want you to get you expectations too high.
Let's see what we have here.
NEXT STEP - I SAID NO
"..everywhere I go they say 'sad boy', but can't they see I don't want their sympathy.. I said nooo.." TBM rates I Said No as a seven (7). The EPIC flip Rivers Of Hate gets a six (6).
If you have heard the flip you know how stupifyingly good it is, and if you haven't heard I Said No you might be excited to what you will hear.
I can tell you right now that I don't think it is nearly as good. Not on the same planet.
It is a somewhat pedestrian but cool folkrock jangler and serves as the poppy side of the 45. It is 2 years behind its times, Byrds did this in 1965, but hey - who cares nowadays.
At 1:25 a very crude Byrdsy solo emerges and you face will shine up.
You can hear Rivers Of Hate on my splendid comp Love Is Tuff.
(Marysville, CA) Oct '67 M.C.C 101067
BONDSMEN - I DON'T WANT YOUR LOVIN' ANYMORE
"..everybody knows you've been untrue.."
One of many Bondsmen; this lot hails from Massachussets.
I really dig this kind of laid back folkrock.
Some cute amateurish harmonies, a funny little drum-lick, some nice guitar.
I don't take much sometimes.
(Concord-Sudbury, MA) Jun '66 Fleetwood 4564
SHADOWS - TELL ME
"..tell me that you love me, baby be mine and you will have the world, tell me I can have your lovin' so fine and you will be my girl.."
Some swingin' mersey-esque beat meets standard American rock'n'roll.
It don't matter how much pop there is in the mix, when you pour it on a bunch of 60s kids from the states it always ends up rockin and a-rollin'. Beatles couldn't play rock'n'roll like this to save their life.
That said, this is pretty bland rock'n'roll. But I thought you might want to hear it.
(Hazelwood, NC) Apr '66 Switch (6-6390)
EARLY AMERICANS - I LOVE YOU (I WANT YOU)
"..then I realized, dreams do not come true, is that really you..?"
Wow, 1971! I would've guessed 1966.
Great moody tune.
(Bath, PA) May '71 Brenick-Flagg 1012
MESSENGERS - MY BABY
".. if I had my way, I'd have her and she would stay but, my baby's walking 'way from me.."
This song is sooo cute..
You can find the (even better, much better actually) flip I've Seen You Around on Root '66, Teenage Shutdown Vol. 2 and Soma Records Story Vol. 3.
My Baby is a slice of very cool and slightly somber mersey-beat.
(Winona, MN) Jan '65 Soma 1427
KING'S ENGLISH - YOU COULDN'T SEE
"..you left trace of your memory imprisoned in my tortured mind.."
Some more crude jingle-jangle folk-rock to table 66 please!
Some serious dynamics here from soft-spoken words of self pity to downright hysteric shrieks of bitter sorrow.
And don't think we missed that you snagged a part from You've Lost That Loving Feeling - ballsy move! (Bucyrus, OH) May '67 no label 400
WEE FOUR - GIVE ME A TRY
"..I know how it's been for a girl like you.."
More inferior flips to classic garage hits! But I'd almost choose this over Weird. But only almost.
(Rochester, NY) Aug '66 Nu-Sound 6111
XL'S - SECOND CHOICE
"..well, I knew all along that it would happen again.."
Wanna see what TBM wrote about this? "moody org-riff unison voc swinger" and rated it a 6. I think that is fair. A so-so effort and the better side of the 45.
It is also one of the cheapest singles on this comp, on popsike it fluctuates from 50 to 100 bucks
In December of '68 they the released their second and last 45. A drum-thumping acid-punk monster with nails-on-blackboard fuzz. The flip to that supposedly sucks.
(Terre Haute, IN) Apr '66 Paro 100
PSYCHOPATHS - SEE THE GIRL
".. I'd give anything to see her walk through that door.."
Last year this puppy went for 349 bucks - totally worth it. Both sides sports seriously moody top-shelf garage. You can find the flip here.
This is one of the best songs on this comp, hands down.
Meeep, an overdose of heavy-frowning dramatic mood-pop. I'm sick of it now but I loved it the first 20 times I listened to it. I'm not sure what happens in the woods - I can't hear the words - but it must have been very dramatic indeed. Dramatic enough for me to name this set Before The Dawn. (Redding-Ridgefield, CT) Dec '66 Direction 101
HANGMEN - THE GIRL WHO FADED AWAY
"..now the night is through and I find myself still thinking of you.."
First recorded as the Reekers. Find the demo here.
BANG FOR THE BUCK! If you want you should be able to find this in the ballpark of 40 bucks. The top-side is the awesome swinging' punker What A Girl Can't Do.
Their next 45 - the mucho-cool Faces - is also around 40 buckaroonies. More bang for the buck!
(Washington, D.C.) Nov '65 Monument 910
JAGUARS - TWO CAN PLAY
"..now I know you've been out with some other one.."
A lot of hi-hat happening on this moody puppy. Rated 6 in TBM and righteously so. (Columbus, OH) Apr '67 Mus-I-Col
MICHAEL-JOHN & THE PENDULUMS - YOU'RE WRONG GIRL
"..you think no matter what you say I won't leave you..but you're wrong, girl.."
Another affordable 45. Don't pay more than $30.
This is the kind of song that most of the time is kinda "meh" but if you play at the right place at the right time the whole room lights up and you can smell roses in the distance and everything falls into place. Those songs are far and apart so give this more than one spin. (Allen Park, MI) '66 Bob-Ke (121237/8)
WILDE THINGS - CAN'T SEE THE SUN
"..the sun's gone and we've lost our way.."
You can find this and its (awesome!) flip on Crude PA Vol. 2. Very crude track.
(Whitemarsh, PA) '68? acetate
MENACES - IF YOU WANT ME
"..I'm really nothing much.."
Phew, what a tearjerker. The flip is a silly mersey-esque pop-shuffle. Both rate 6 in TBM. I would argue If You Want Me is the winning side.
(Phoenix, AZ) '67 Dramel 22767
WE THE PEOPLE - ALWAYS LIES
"..even when I look into your eyes.."
Two years ago this went for $1415. It also gets a six in TBM but booooooyyyyyy..... This is not a six... This is.. something else completely.
It is just perfect. Best on the set.
We hit volume 7 and we're back in the golden state - good ol' sunny California!
Oh, save for some leftover tracks from the Apple State of Washington and the mighty Beaver State, Union State, Webfoot State, yes the sunset state even - the glorious pacific wonderland of Oregon..
There's only two tracks here from OR but they are both worthy of mention: one is the soulful jazzy R&B-funk stomper Long Long Day by the Wheel of Fortune, the other is the jittery yet strangely solemn It's OK by the Ethics. Liverpool 5, Rooks and Billy & the Kids all hailed from WA. Billy is the best of the bunch with the stunning Do You Need Me? which is the b-side to When I See You (that we find on RSOS #6).
But the rest is all California.
Pretty soft set, pretty darn soft I tell ya. Most tracks has frilly laces of pop 'round them, pleasant to the ear but the set gets a little indistinct because of it.
But as I've stated before - indistinct is sometimes a thing of wonder.
So this time of year when the trees turns into living dying fireworks, when the winds whispers cold secrets through the cracks in the windows, when the floor allows gentle currents of ice cold air rise through its crevices, when the dim and damp evening itself turns its misty back to you - that's when you need a steady shot of sound garage. That's when you put on this sensible set and a cup o java.