posted November 17, 2014 12:50 pm
Chosen to open for the Beatles’ final tour in 1966, The Remains were a little more refined than other garage bands of the era. Proper arrangements and melodies we common and this track is one of the more thrilling examples of their style.
“I got one thing I gotta say … You know, people got some strange ideas about how life should be lived and things should be done / But I’m here to say you gotta do just what you want!” Amen to that.
posted November 10, 2014 9:50 am
Link Wray was one of the forefathers of garage punk, and most of his recordings are instrumentals. This this 1966 B-side shows him embracing the sound he’d helped spawn with a rare vocal appearance. Wray had only one lung and was told he would never sing again after having the other lung removed after contracting tuberculosis in the Korean war. You can almost hear him forcing the lines out, but it works for this track. Recorded when he was 37-year-old, Wray still makes for a pretty convincing as a teenager “Well, your lips are sweet as honeydew / I think about you, that’s all I do.”
posted November 3, 2014 8:50 am
Roky Erickson’s first notable band, The Spades, released this track in 1965, but it isn’t as wild as the version he later recorded with the 13th Floor Elevators.
Coming from Texas, The Spades were less conventional than the garage music coming out of the northwest. More dreamy, more druggy guitar, and more upset about his girl than most: “I gave you the warning / But you never heeded it / How can you say you miss my loving / When you never needed it?”
Roky Erickson and the Spades
posted October 30, 2014 10:04 am
Our friends the Betrayers are Edmonton’s premier psych-rock and garage band. Just in time for the holidays they’ve released a Halloween and ghoulie-themed music video for their song “Love Rat” for us to share with you.
Shot just blocks away from Barber Ha in the Mill Creek Ravine, and featuring a lot of Edmonton’s grooviest talent, you might spot someone you know if their best monster costume.
For more of the latest Betrayers tunes, or to just keep up on the news, check them out on Bandcamp and Facebook, and never miss a chance to see them live!
posted October 27, 2014 11:50 am
Garage punk is North American invention. Other groups around the world songs filled with teen angst, snarling lyrics, and guitars and organs inspired by R&B, but true garage punk comes from the US. The Sonics, from Tacoma Washington are one of the greats. “Psycho” works as a base template for garage’s highlights: brute simplicity, wailing screams, and lyrics so tight you’ll be humming them days later. “Baby, you’re driving me crazy / I’m going out of my head / And now I wish I was dead / Psycho!”
posted October 20, 2014 8:04 am
Released in 1966 on Gray Ant records, this slices of classic garage rock could be a Monday morning anthem. This release is generally unknown and considered rare. The Hard Times formed around a year before this release, in San Diego, worked often on L.A.’s Sunset Strip. For a while they were the house band at the Whisky a Go Go, and played on bills with many acts such as the Doors, who would become far better known than the Hard Times.
The Hard Times’ only album release, Blew Mind
posted October 6, 2014 10:22 am
Listen for the nice drum and guitar pairing past the 1:04 mark. Yow! 13th Floor Elevators hailed from Austin, and not California like so many of their contemporaries, and were one of the strongest bands from the first psychedelic era.
posted September 29, 2014 10:22 am
Nope, not a typo, it’s The Vejtables. Another San Francisco-based band from the ’66/’67 era with a typical mean track, telling someone to make themselves scarce.
The Vejtables, in need of a good Barber Ha haircut
posted September 22, 2014 10:22 am
Racing up to #8 on the charts in 1966, this track from the Hysterians out of San Jose. It’s a cover of a Syndicate of Sound song, who were also from the San Jose area.
posted September 15, 2014 10:22 am
Rare! Only 500 copies made! Gambler were an Austrian garage/mod band with Swiss lead singer, Hans “Hansi” Buch (ex TOM BOYS, MASCOTS, and ex THE MORLOCKS). The record should have read “The Gamblers” but people weren’t so attentive in printing this one up. This one has a killer drumbeat and was recorded in late 1966 . Find out more about Layola recordings here.
Gambler – “Little Girl” single
posted September 8, 2014 10:22 am
A nice tune from April 1967 that’s just as much at home in Edmonton these days as the weather chills out. Cool It by The Villagers.
The Villagers You Can’t Say Single. B-side: “Cool It”
posted September 1, 2014 5:37 am
Featuring rising ah-ah-ah-ahhhhs you’re familiar with from The Beatles’ “Twist and Shout,” this track which came three years later (1966) is just as good at getting the crowd to dance.
posted August 25, 2014 5:37 am
From a two-track 45 single in 1965, The Pirates’ “Cutting Out” gets a lot done with two chords in only two minutes. Listen for the false ending around 1:45!
The Pirates – Cuttin’ Out
posted August 18, 2014 5:37 am
Released as a 7″ single in 1967, this track organ-heavy track has Simon Stokes, the Flower Children’s lead singer, lamenting how badly he has those mini-skirt blues.
“I’ve got those goin’ to a go-go,
workin’ with my mojo,
checkin’ out the mini-skirt blues!”
Flower Children – Mini-Skirt Blues
posted August 11, 2014 5:37 am
Red Beard and the Pirates only recorded a few songs, but “Go On Leave” is the one they’re most remembered by. It has just about all the classic garage-punk ingredients; frantic beat, pumping bass, fuzz outbursts, raw vocals, and girl-put-down lyrics.
Red Beard and the Pirates – Go On Leave
posted August 4, 2014 5:04 am
As a band named The Evil, they sure lay it out straight, there’s greener places beyond this hill. It’s time for him to hit the road, and baby, you’re not invited.
Evil was a 60s garage band from Miami, Florida. They released one 45 on Living Legend “Always Runnin’ Around” / “Whatcha Gonna Do About It” that was also later released on Columbia. This wild track wasn’t released at that time.
They won a battle of the bands and the prize was some studio recording time. The track was written in about ten minutes on the day and cut as an acetate (a fragile test pressing), not meant to survive. It was unearthed a few years ago when a local garage music historian named Miami Jeff organized a release for it.
We’re lucky to have this track, but imagine all the great songs that
It stayed with one of the band members from the mid-60s until recent years when local garage band historian Miami Jeff was given it & organised a release. I often wonder how many killer songs only existed as a fragile acetate and are now lost to time.
posted July 28, 2014 5:04 am
It’s an oldie but a classic at that, “Earth Angel” by The Penguins. You’ve definitely heard it before, even if you don’t remember or if it was covered by one of countless artists, but this is the original.
posted July 21, 2014 5:38 am
Today’s Music Monday we’re sharing with you a new track by Seinabo Sey, a Swedish pop/soul singer based in Stockholm. This is the video for her second single and we think you’ll like it.
Throw this track late into your next mix for something people haven’t heard before.
posted July 14, 2014 5:04 am
This is the “BDKMV Refix” featuring The Clubcasa Chamber Orchestra by IAMNOBODI. This mellow lyric-free track is one you can leave on in the background or play on a loop and not notice. A chilled-out soul track to start your week off right or relax after a long day.
posted July 9, 2014 9:04 am
If you’re not already a Lee Hazlewood fan, I’m going to make you one right now.
– He wrote “These Boots Are Made For Walking”, which was a #1 hit for Nancy Sinatra in 1966.
– He’s known for his beautiful baritone voice. Before he started writing songs, he worked as a radio DJ. Before that he was in the army and before that he was in medical school.
Okay… One of the first things Lee Hazlewood did in his music career was produce this:
This song comes from his first album and is a nice showcase for his deep voice:
This song was recorded around the same time. It’s a bit mean-spirited, but listen to him sing the word “dime” at 0:53:
This one comes from his second album, which is one of my top five favorite albums of all time. I spent more money on my copy of this record than any other in my collection. The songs are amazing, but even better are the stories he tells before each one. Listen:
This is the title track from his third album. This song kicks an incredible amount of ass:
This song also comes from the third album. He originally wrote it for Dean Martin:
This one comes from the same album. God, it’s so cool. The beat is amazing. This song gets stuck in my head a lot:
Okay. A few more. Check out “Dark In My Heart”:
Here’s Lee in his post-mustache days – it’s almost as great to hear him talk as it is to hear him sing:
Lee passed away in 2007, but he was writing great songs right up to the end. Here’s one of the last things he ever recorded:
It’s Lee Hazlewood’s birthday today. If I had the power to declare this Lee Hazlewood Day, I would. For me, it is.
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You can follow more of Buck 65’s writings in Facebook and in Twitter. He has a new album coming out in September, named Neverlove.
posted July 7, 2014 5:00 am
Wanda Jackson – “Let’s Have a Party”
Wanda Jackson was only halfway through high school when country singer Hank Thompson heard her on a radio show and asked her to record with his band, the Brazos Valley Boys. By the end of the decade, Jackson was known as the Queen of Rockabilly and had become one of America’s first major female country and rockabilly acts.
Her version of “Let’s Have a Party,” (video below) which Elvis had cut earlier, was a U.S. Top 40 pop hit for her in 1960. After the hit she renamed the band the Party Timers.