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Most famous amongst fans of our kind of music for his 1960s single 'The Trip', Fowley started out in Los Angeles in the late 1950s as part of The Argyles with their hit record 'Alley Oop'. From that point onwards, he was involved in musical projects too numerous to name ...Read More
Record Hunter: Whatcha Gonna Do About It c/w Always Running Around - The Evil (Capitol, German pressing, 1967)
The original release of this Miami, Florida band was on the Living Legends label in 1966, which apparently has more feedback and distortion than the re-mixed version that came out when Capitol licensed it a few months later, expecting it to be a big hit. I have a German pressing with what is possibly the most boring picture sleeve in the world (a photo of the Capitol Records building in Los Angeles) - it wasn't issued in the UK. I used to think that the Evil was the same group under a different name that was earlier called the Montells, because an album on the Australian Corduroy Records put both bands on the same reissue LP (in the mid-1990s). They have their similarities, including having the same bass player. But they were separate entitites. And the Evil is the better band by some way (though don't let that stop you buying anything by the Montells should you be lucky enough to chance upon anything by them). If you want to know more about The Evil and sixties Florida bands in general see if you can track down a copy of Jeff Lemlich's fabulous book "Savage Lost (Florida Garage Bands - The '60s And Beyond)".
The Kneejerk Reactions could almost be called The Usual Suspects: Sir Bald Diddley, Bruce Brand and Trevor Harding; adding Nasser Bousda on organ for this, their second long player. Like a good Medway combo, they nail 60 years of rock'n'roll to the masthead and barrell through 12 originals that mix garage, R&B, beat and surf with a little exotica and eastern sounds... In other worlds... ROCK AND FUCKING ROLL!Read More
Have you ever wondered if there will ever come a day when this thing called rock'n'roll begins to bore you? It's a legitimate question, when you think about it. Some say it has lost its way, that rock music now seems unoriginal and not representative of what once was its main point, its youthful energy. But then comes a disc from a rookie Danish quartet - called The Youth - and all these considerations are suddenly irrelevant. Revivalism, traditionalism, looking back at things past seem not only beautiful, but right.Read More
One thing the world can use is more Thanes records and, thanks to Dirty Water Records, this 45 shows why that's true. Lenny and the guys have a way of writing songs that sound like long lost classics.... They are THAT good!Read More
Here is the debut 12" waxing from one of the world's latest beat combo sensations, The Youth, and the songs peppered with their four on the floor, basic yet ear-catchingly energetic rhythms.Read More
First off, you need to understand that there's usually a guy in a chicken suit at these guys' shows. At least that's what I gathered from a few videos. [PJ: It doesn't happen at every show. Maybe this reviewer saw ME dressed as a chicken on the video of the Funtastic Dracula Carnival from last year?] I think that imagining a guy in a chicken suit is going to help you to appreciate this album. Why?Read More
We hadn't seen or spoken to each other for a number of years. But, still, we're very sad to hear about Kyrill Khieninson, singer of The Dirty, the first release on Dirty Water Records, and the man who first suggested to PJ that he starts a record label. "The Dirty Water Club is really well known," he said. "If we do our single on Dirty Water Records, we'll sell more copies." It sounded fair enough so that was that. The start of Dirty Water Records. (Even though we still have loads of copies of the single in our stock room...) Every release that came afterwards happened, in a way, because of him. Rest in peace, you crazy bastard.Read More
After 14 years of some great gigs and club nights (including some organised by Dirty Water and others at which we've DJ'd) the Buffalo Bar, by Highbury & Islington tube station, will close its doors for the final time following its New Year's Eve party.Read More
Fans of live music who have learning disabilities may not get to see their favourite bands because of their carers’ shift hours. But YOU can help to make a difference. Read more about it here or go direct to the Gig Buddies website for more information on how you can volunteer. (If you know of a similar scheme for people with physical disabilities, please post information in the comments section below.)
The photograph shows some people with disabilities and their gig buddies outside a gig by The Horrors.
I'm sure these guys back in '64 never imagined that they'd become known across the entire world. Or that someone would make a documentary about them. But their current notoriety is well deserved.Read More
Being mostly Mexican Americans the bands of East Los Angeles had a unique sound – neither white rock'n'roll nor black rhythm'n'blues/soul, they took a bit of everything and threw it in the pot, with great results.Read More
"Boss" was the a-side but I more usually play the flip, the excellent "I Don't Need You No More". I guess that "Boss" had the bigger impact at the time because they followed it up with "Boss Strikes Back" (on the nationally distributed Dot label, which re-issued "Boss"/"I Don't Need You No More" six months after its original release, which came out at that same time in the UK on the London label).Read More
A random record pulled off the shelf for you today. Don't be deceived by the slow, mournful Hammond organ start to the song - this one's a real garage screamer but with a blue-eyed soul vibe that'll drag you onto the dance floor. On the Nashville-based Dial label, known to many soul fans for numerous Joe Tex releases, for whom owner Buddy Killen set up the label (there's no link with the jazz label of the same name out of Hollywood), there's nothing more I can tell you about 'em. They're a mystery... There are other versions of this song, including one that seems to be a bit more well known, by a group called The Breakers. But, for what it's worth, I prefer The What-Knots.