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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)".

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.)

Record Hunter: Randy & the Radiants "My Way of Thinking" (Sun, USA, 1965)

I played this single when I was DJing last week and someone came over to see what it was. He was very surprised to see that it was on Sun Records. But, of course, while Sun is famous for its 1950s rockabilly records, including early Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins, plus Johnny Cash and the early blues records that Sam Phillips put out, the label carried on going through to the late 1960s. And while the label's founder wasn't particularly a follower of trends after that initial explosion of rock'n'roll in the mid-1950s, his son Knox found this young band and got them signed to the label for a couple of 45s, this one being a highlight of Sun's twilight years.

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