01. The Bassmen. the last laugh [SG Gallantry 1965]
02. The I.C.C. (In Crowd Consolidated). don't love me [SG Hy Nibble 1967]
03. The Dinks. penny a tear drop [SG Sully 1965]
04. The Flower Children. mini-skirt blues [SG Allied 1968]
05. J.T. and the Trolls. I can't believe it [SG Tyondal 196X]
06. Jordan Parker Revue. man of the hour [SG Night Owl 1967]
07. U.S. Stamps. pull the wool [SG Galiko c1967]
08. Le Ombre D'Oro. buio in sospensione [SG Esse 1968]
09. Shags. you're a loser [SG Rocky 196X]
10. MG & the Escorts. next to nowhere [SG Reo 1967]
11. 13th Precinct. you gotta be mine [SG TRX 1967]
12. The Grammy Fones. now he's here [SG Brent 1967]
13. The Morticians. now that you've left me [SG Roulette 1966]
14. The Berwick Players. images [SG Look 1968]
15. Los Pepes. un dia feliz, otro de llanto [SG Hit 1966]
16. The Regents. she's got her own way of lovin' [SG Reprise 1965]
17. The Bare Facts. georgiana [SG Jubilee 1966]
Moody garage beats & psychs all the way this time. Well, some uptempos too!
In the first part we start with hard feelings waiting for revenge from The Bassmen (Tucson, Arizona) - "I'll never be satisfied 'till you've cried"! - followed by a word of advise from Misessota's In Crowd Consolidated (I.C.C.) - "look at the life i live, nothing to offer you but grief, don't look at me". Obscure song written by Walker Munson, related with The Big M's. Kansas' Dinks are next with their brilliant moody tear drops and then the psychy organ grooves of LA's Flower Children and their Mini Skirt Blues.
More obscurities to be found the second part. Intense bitternes and loneliness feelings cried out by J.T. and the Trolls. No information at all found about this horn & organ garage stomper, so any enlightening comments are more than welcome! Next is the Jordan Parker Revue from Dayton, Ohio. A recent discovery and personal fave from the start! "My only dream is to spend 24h with you!". From that we move to New York for the second and last 45 by the U.S. Stamps pulling the wool over their girl's eyes. And then to Italy to more obscure feelings by Le Ombre D'Oro (The Golden Man) after a relation break up.
The Shags are next spitting out their feelings to a non correspondant love - "You're a loser, you'll never find somebody to love". Again, no information found about this nugget apart from it being recorded in Omaha. Montreal's MG & the Escorts follow up with one of the most touching songs I've ever heard in my life about the end of a love:
"You never used to wake up so weary,
you say the world is getting you down,
but I know it's different.
You never smile at me like you used to,
you never woke me and tell me you love me and I know it's ending.
And though I try to hold us together,
there ain't no use in carrying it all,
I know that I'm losing".
Closing the third part are Illinois' 13th Precinct and "You Gotta Be Mine". Positive thinking here and 'go for her' attitude now!
All moody midtempos in the fourth part. It kicks off with The Grammy Fones seeing how their loving target turns her head the other way when a new boy enters the scene. And they beg and beg for love. Any additional details about the band are more than welcome! We move then to Phillipsburg, New Jersey, for the only realease by The Morticians. More despair and loneliness here laid over a moody guitar and electric piano arrangements. A complete fave! The Berwick Players then also tell us, in their first of three 45s for Nashville's Look label, about a breaking up and how hard is to leave someone, seeing her image everywhere they look at. More details about the band welcome too!
This fourth set ends with Los Pepes (Valencia, Spain). One of the
best beat garage bands in Spain in the sixties. "Un Día Feliz, Otro de
Llanto" (a day for happiness, another for crying) is brilliant jangly
beat about self-esteem, encouraging lyrics for moving forward after a
Just before ending the show are LA's The Regents (faves!) with their first 45. And they can't help telling their ex how glad they're they found a new girl!
"She'll love me twice as much as you,
she's not the most beautiful girl, but to me she's all the world,
and I know she wont lie to me like you.
She won't run around making me jealous like you"
At last, The Bare Facts (Portsmouth, Ohio) and their first (of two) release telling Georgiana how much they love her, but also giving her the word: "I won't let you hurt me anymore".
Enjoy! See you in the next episode.
[+ info welcome on] I.C.C., J.T and the Trolls, Le Ombre d'Oro, Shags, Berwick Players and Grammy Fones
[+ The Dinks] Garage Hangover blog
[+ Jordan Parker Revue] PurePop blog
[+ 13th Precinct] Garage Hangover blog