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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)".

Bananas fanzine: The Kneejerk Reactions – "the Indestructible Sounds of..."

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!

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Sentireascoltare: The Youth "Nothing But..."

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.

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Bananas Fanzine: MFC Chicken - "Solid Gravy"

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?

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Singer of The Dirty dies in Thailand

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.

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Disabled music fans need gig buddies

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.

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Record Hunter: Don't Need You No More c/w Boss - The Rumblers (Downey, USA, September 1962)

"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).

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Record Hunter: I Ain't Dead Yet - The What-Knots (Dial, USA, December 1967)

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.

Record Hunter: You Ain't Treatin' Me Right c/w The Long Road - Mac Curtis (King, 1956, USA)

Mac Curtis, born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1939, began playing guitar at the age of 12. At the age of 15 a show at his high school was shut down due to "sexually suggestive movements" on stage. But he got signed up to King Records pretty soon afterwards, and maybe that helped! This is his third single. But any of those first six releases of his on the King label are worth grabbing when you see 'em.

Record Hunter: Our Love Will Still Be There - The Troggs (Fontana, 1966, French picture sleeve EP)

Okay, so this track isn't the "a-side" on this EP. The first song is "With a Girl Like You". On the other side are "Jingle Jangle" and "I Want You". But the caveman stomp of the latter track is already on my shelves of seven inch vinyl. And "Our Love Will Still Be There" is my reason for buying this French EP.  One of my favourite bands ever, the Troggs are world famous for "Wild Thing", of course. But every one of their 45s is worth having, in my opinion. Even their 1970s ones, like "In The Summertime", in which Reg Presley's lascivious snarl is still fully present. On this track the fuzz guitar totally makes it for me. I can imagine all kinds of bands making soft, lovey-dovey, versions of "Our Love Will Still Be There". But the Troggs give me what I want - full on sixties punk attitude on a love song. What can be better?

Record Hunter: Slow Death c/w Tallahasse Lassie - Flamin’ Groovies (UA, 1972, German pressing with picture sleeve)

Here's one I bought off Robin Wills of the Barracudas (a spare copy, obviously). He says, 'This is the single that started it all for me. It hit this 12 year old full face and the love story has never ended. I still play this single over and over and 40 years later it still sends shivers down the backbone. The overall attitude, the riff, the lyrics, those pounding drums, the amazing Dave Edmunds production (just check the best hand clap sound ever on the third verse) - this single has and does it all...and for me is still the most perfect single I've ever heard or experienced.'

Record Hunter: Do The Slauson Shuffle – The Olympics (Tri-Disc, USA, 1963)

The Olympics are best known for their big hit in 1958, "Western Movies", but they carried on through the sixties recording soul and r&b and staying pretty much up to date in their sound. "Do the Slauson Shuffle" is from 1963 and ought to be enough to get anyone up on the floor and dancing. "Good Lovin'" (Loma), made famous by the Young Rascals' cover version is also worth keeping an eye out for, as well as "Mine Exclusively" (Mirwood).

Record Hunter: In the Cover of Night – Don & Jerry (Fabor, USA, 1965)

Don Griffin and Jerry Strickland were primarily song writers, out of Louisiana, but they got together with California band The Fugitives and made a couple of 45s in 1965-66. This, the first of two singles, came out in the spring of ’65. (Ron Gray and the Countdowns recorded this song shortly afterwards for N-Joy label and is a pretty good version too.)

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