Saturday, December 6, 2008
The Galaxies IV - Don't Lose Your Mind - Piccadilly Circus
Something to rev up your Saturday, by way of Trenton New Jersey! Some really cool psychedelic garage music by The Galaxies IV!
The Galaxies IV formed at Catholic school in Trenton in 1964. Members were T.J. Tindall on guitar, Chris Holmes on guitar and vocals, Charles Brodowicz keyboards, Len Demski bass, and Alan Fowler on drums. T.J. Tindall left the band early on when his family moved to Pennington; he eventually joined the Edison Electric Band.
The first Galaxies IV 45 was Let Me Hear You Say Yeah/ Till Then You'll Cry recorded at Regent Sound studios in New York City and released on the Veep label.
This was followed with two 45s on the Mohawk label, first Don't Let Love Look Back, and then Piccadilly Circus / I'm Goin' For Myself.
Piccadilly Circus is a version of the Rolling Stones' 2120 South Michigan Blvd, often covered by 60's bands and usually retitled (other versions include Sly Stone's Buttermilk and Thee Midniters Whittier Blvd).
Piccadilly Circus was picked up by RCA for national release with the Chris Holmes' wild original Don't Lose Your Mind on the flip.
Winning a huge battle of the bands at Lambertville Music Circus judged by Phil Spector and Cousin Brucie Morrow led to features in the NY Times and Reader's Digest.
Adding a lead vocalist, Steve Shier they changed their name to Galaxie V and then Alexander Rabbit, releasing an lp on Mercury. Afterwards, Chris Holmes took the stage name Duke Williams and led his own band throughout the '70s.
Info courtesy of garagehangover.com
The Galaxies IV - Don't Lose Your Mind
The Galaxies IV - Piccadilly Circus