Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

Little Sammy Gaha - Heavy Head

Little Sammy Gaha was an expatriate Australian singer who used Paris as a home base for recording and touring Europe throughout the early-to-mid seventies. Although not French, he cut a string of singles, including the romping ruckus that is “Heavy Head” in Paris, so I consider him a kindred spirit and outsider joker in this pack of Frankish Rock tribes. This altogether hairy vocalist was given to strange promotional gag shots in ripped T-shirts, short pants offset with clashing women’s leggings and blue platform shoes. Hahahahaha... Li’l Sammy’s even licking an all-day sucker on the sleeve of this demented 45. With a guttural vocal alternating between Louis Armstrong and a laryngitis-afflicted Wolfman Jack as they both beat the flames off the seat of their respective pants, his delivery is pricelessly demented. The backing music to “Heavy Head” combines Ten Years After’s Utopian Woodstock descending riff from the quick parts of “I’d Love To Change The World” that keep charging over a stampede of drums accompanied by the most waka-jawaka-ing I’ve heard within any song outside of “Papa Was A Rolling Stone.” And since it’s a fairly long track, it gives L.S.G. the space to explore the multitude of ways he can beat his heavy head, describing its condition in a hundred ways until he comes to the conclusion: “Don’t worry if it comes off! / You can get another one! / It’s allllllllright!!” Yeah, he’s gotta head full of ideas driving him insane, running roughshod AND gettin’ trampled in the process, hahahaha...Gaha truly broke out of the box and decided to just spazz it out on the B-side for kicks.

I took this review by music_emporium off the discogs page for this release because it pretty much nails it.

Little Sammy Gaha - Heavy Head

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Eldaros - Rock A Book

Rocking R&B number from 1958 by The Eldaros. Every time i type "Eldaros" my fucking computer changes it to "Elders". Foreshadowing to computers taking over the world me thinks...... They were from Syracuse NY and can read about them HERE; if you so desire....

The Eldaros - Rock A Book

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Illinois Speed Press ‎– Get In The Wind (Vocal / Instrumental)

I don't know why this band doesn't get more love...?!? Heavy fuzz guitars and good strong vox make this a keeper for me. From 1968. Love the out of key guitar at the end of the solo. Almost as heavy as what Blue Cheer or Iron Butterfly were doing at the time yet no one cares about this band all that much. I guess the rest of the stuff isn't as heavy but it's still solid. Anyway here's the 45 w/ the Instrumental version for this that need that....

Illinois Speed Press - Get In The Wind - Vocal

Illinois Speed Press - Get In The Wind - Instrumental

Monday, June 6, 2016

Mike Malone ‎- Don't Lecture Me

Don't lecture me, why can't you see, I gotta be, what i wanna be, even though you think i never will....

Mike Malone - Don't Lecture Me

Friday, June 3, 2016

Roy Johnson And The Outlaws - Forgive Me Baby

Great funky lo-fi soul jam from Roy Johnson and the Outlaws. I have no idea who Mr. Johnson was/is, nor anything about his Outlaws, but i reckon he fashioned himself a James Brown wanna be.... Heh. I love this tune and slight ineptness and lo-fi sound. Dudes with some drinks and just jamming it out hard. This is one of the first 45's i picked up years ago when i started to think out of the box of record collecting and picking up things i knew nothing about but looked cool. I think i paid a dollar at a thrifty store. Score.

Roy Johnson And The Outlaws - Forgive Me Baby

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Jaspar Wrath - Did You Know That

Jaspar (or Jasper) Wrath with a little hard rock pop psych rocker from 1971 on Sunflower Records. They were called Jasper Wrath on their full length Lp which is now somewhat sought after. I do not own a copy but it's my ever growing "want list".

Jaspar Wrath - Did You Know That

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Gerry Granahan - No Chemise, Please

No chemise, please, not for me, please
Well you can take back the sack, leave it hangin' on the rack
And bring a sweater back!!

This dude obviously hated the "sack dress". This is one of the first 45's i collected when i started buying non punk, metal, hardcore and rock records and started going back in time to older rock and roll, doc top, R&B, soul and the like. I still dig it. Here is the wiki lowdown below....

Gerry Granahan (born April 20, 1932, Pittston, Pennsylvania) is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known for his work in the 1950s and 1960s.

Gerry (Gerald Granahan) has confirmed his actual birthdate is April 20, 1932 on both his Facebook page and his official website, and has commented that he does not know where the June 17, 1939 birthdate has come from. The confusion stems from the fact that Dave Alldred, drummer for Dicky Doo and the Don'ts, later assumed the name Dicky Doo as his legal name. As it turns out, June 17, 1939 is the birthday of Dave Alldred, aka Dicky Doo, rather than Gerry Granahan.

Granahan worked at WPTS in Pittston as a radio announcer and disc jockey in his youth. His Elvis Presley-like voice got him a job recording demos of songs submitted to Presley.[1] Granahan was offered a contract with Atlantic Records in 1957 as a rockabilly artist under the name Jerry Grant, but his release sank without a trace, and another release shortly after on Mark Records was also a flop.

In 1958 Granahan teamed with publisher Tommy Volando on Sunbeam Records, and recorded the single "No Chemise Please". The song became a nationwide hit in the U.S., peaking at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] None of his next four singles for Sunbeam were sales successes; however, during this time Granahan also co-wrote the song "Click Clack" with Dave Alldred of The Rhythm Orchids. A demo of the tune reached Dick Clark, as well as Tony Mammarella, who had just founded Swan Records. Because of contractual obligations, Granahan released the song under the alias Dickie Doo & the Don'ts on Swan, and Clark guaranteed it airplay on American Bandstand.[1] The single's success resulted in Granahan recruiting a backing band consisting of Harvey Davis (bass), Al Ways (sax), Ray Gangi (guitar), and Dave Alldred (drums) to tour and record as Dicky Doo & the Don'ts, who went on to chart several more singles. Granahan also managed a regional hit in the U.S. Northeast with the single "Let the Rumors Fly", released on Gone Records.

Granahan also produced extensively. He recorded the doo wop group The Fireflies and the girl group The Angels, and later in the 1960s, Patty Duke and Jay & the Americans. Granahan produced The Wild Ones' version of the song "Wild Thing", which was dwarfed by the success of the version by The Troggs.[1]

Later in his career, Granahan worked in the industry, serving as vice president of Dot Records and Paramount Records. He still performs today as Dicky Doo and the Don'ts Featuring Gerry Granahan.

Gerry Granahan - No Chemise, Please

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Stench Band - Pray For The Dead

Weirdo experimental avant-garde from 1972 via The Stench Band. File under Drugs and Captain Beefheart...

The Stench Band - Pray For The Dead

Sunday, May 15, 2016

After Taste - The Old Place

Weird one here. I can't figure it out. The flute gives it on old 70's prog vibe but the guitar work sounds very 80's? So i have no idea about what years this came out? Anyone know? ??? ??? But any song that has a line about drinking the milk from dead cows can't be all bad. In fact, i dig this oddity.

After Taste - The Old Place

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Spinners - Heebie Jeebie's

I think this is The Spinners first record from 1961? And it's a far cry from the smoother soul sounds they would later find huge success with in the 70's and 80's, this is a straight rocker with nice stinging guitar work. Tight.

The Spinners - Heebie Jeebie's

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Solomon Burke - Maggie's Farm

Funky soul version of Dylan's Maggie's farm from 1965 by Solomon Burke. Lets see how long this lasts....

Solomon Burke - Maggie's farm

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Schizo - Schizo (and the little girl) / Paraphrenia Praecox

I've become obsessed with this record. There's a certain vibe that is manic and urgent, it's sort of unnerving. At least to my brain. My guess is that they were on some good drugs at the time and it worked. Sounds like something off of 666 by Aphrodite's Child. Fuzzed out AF and groovy. I Love it... They were French.

Schizo - Schizo (and the little girl)

Schizo - Paraphrenia Praecox

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Elderberry Jak - Vance's Blues

Hard rocker from 1970 from Elderberry Jak. These cats were from West Virginia. Nice write up HERE; if you want a little more dirt.

Elderberry Jak - Vance's Blues

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Stone Foxx - Gypsy lady

A hard rocker from Bermuda by "Stone Foxx", year unknown. Who knew there was a rock scene in Bermuda?

Stone Foxx - Gypsy Lady

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Uprise - What A Way To Go

Completely inept and semi awesome. 3 chords and they can't even hit the snare drum in time.... File under WTF?!??

Uprise - What A Way To Go