Sunday, August 31, 2008

Soul Invaders Inc. - Careless Loving

Soul Invaders Inc. This is the one that DIDN'T get away!!!!

Here is another one that i wrote about long before i could even post music here at the devil's music. See i had a run in with a certian record seller at one of the flea markets near my house with this record and it got away from me at that time: You can read about it Here: if you so desire, where after telling my tale of woe of not getting the 45 at that time i was lucky enough to have the sax player from the band, one Mr. Carl Williams leave some comments and tell a tale of playing out live and right in the middle of a sax break his sax actually broke!

Well it seems now Mr. Williams is a pretty big wig in the military! Pretty cool stuff. I mean i'm just a little old record collecting geek who posts some long lost 45's and I've had comments left by a bunch of guys that recorded some of these cool tunes. If you read any of the comments along the way you can see which band members left some.

ah, the wonder's of google searches!

Any way after NOT getting this 45 originally i searched and searched and searched, and it has taken me almost a year to track this little lost funk nugget down but i did! and now i give it to you!


Soul Invaders Inc. - Careless Loving

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Don Pearly - Crazy-Crazy

Way back when i 1st started this blog i posted the A side to this 45 Drag Race and none other than Mr. Pearly himself left a comment asking for the flip because he lost his only copies of his record in hurricane Mitch and since we are finally up and running at full strength here at the Devil's Music well here it is Mr. Pearly! Sorry for the long delay!

Are you still out there Mr. Pearly?

Don Pearly - Crazy-Crazy

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Forward to the Caves 8/28/08 Play List:

Back on the air tonight: Right now if fact!!!

Here is what is happening:

Power of Zeus - It Couldn't be Me
Melvins - Boris
Taint - Hex Breaker
Electric Wizard - Torquemada
Solace - Khan
Orange Goblin - King of the Hornets
Sardonis - Skullcrusher AD / MOR - Electric Earth Promo

Blue Oyster Cult - Hot Rails to Hell
Jimi Hendrix - Stepping Stone
Blue Cheer - Second Time Around
Pink Fairies - I Wish I Was A Girl
Styx - Movement of the Common Man
Jade Warrior - Minnamoto's Dream
Phantom's Divine Comedy - Intro: Tales From the Wizard / Prelude: Devil's Child

Thin Lizzy - Warriors
The Stooges - Search & Destroy
Channel 3 - What About Me? / Stupid Girl
Social Distortion - 1945
Shattered Faith - Right Is Right
Black Flag - Rise Above
Minutemen - Search
The Fluid - Cold Outside
Malfunksion - My Only Fan
Green River - Bazaar
Cheap Trick - Dream Police
Big Black - Kerosene

Man - Room
Mayfly - The Smell of It / Second Hand Dream
Banchee - Child of the Universe
Brave Belt - Too Far Away
Jodo - One night Stand
Terry Brooks & Strange - Ruler of the Universe
Earth & Fire - Maybe Tomorrow, Maybe Tonight
The Poppy Family - Shadows on My Wall
The Nazz - Open My Eyes
The Third Rail - The Shape of Thing To Come
Headstone - High on You
The Boenzee Cryque - Sky Gone Gray
George Baker Selection - Little Green Bag
Agnes Strange - Children of the Obscured
The Tonics - Daddy
Andromeda Go Your Own Way
Arc - Let Your Love Through

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Aphrodite's Child - Babylon

I've already done a big post about this great band so I will spare you the details but if you want to read it hit the linky Here: When i posted some choice cuts off the brillant 666 album, but since my post options are still limited (broken computer) and i had this 45 and tune in draft for some time now i figure i will throw it out there, so here goes... On the great and one of my fave labels "Vertigo".

This has a somewhat funky pinball wizard (The Who) vibe... check it.

Aphrodite's Child - Babylon

Friday, August 15, 2008

Dude! They Totally Found Bigfoot!!!

Big Foot Found

And Tenacious D knew he was real all along!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Vinyl Record Day 2008: Vinyl Madness & Thanks!

The Devil and the Devil's Record Room of Doom!

Typical Friday Night:

Were running at half speed over here @ the devils music so please excuse our late entry into Vinyl record Day since our computer crashed we didn't even know if we would get a post in but I'd like to give a few shout outs & thanks and maybe fill you in on some of the devils vinyl madness!!!

1st many thanks to Todd Lucas over at It's Great Shakes for hipping me to "The Hits Just keep On Comin'" and this Vinyl Record Day Madness and for his and his partners great blog. And more importantly my main man DJ Prestige Flea Market Funk for alerting me to the record blogging universe and for his fine expose' over at his spot about another person i need to say thanks too, "The Old Man", who i have bought PLENTY of records from through the years and I am sure i have helped him buy many a case of Busch Beer as well!

Even though I've been collecting records now for well over 20 years I never really knew anyone who "collected" records. I of course had the casual collector friends who had a few records but none i would call true collectors. Even as a teenager when i was thriving on punk, hardcore and metal I would get shit from my friends for keeping my Pink Floyd albums and all that "Hippy" music. Hence I have always and will always collect music of ALL varieties. If you take a look around my little blogging corner you will not find music of any one particular variety, but many.

Anyway back to my little story: I knew no "real" record collectors until I met the JJB & co-worker and vinyl freak Deacon Brimstone and now DJ Prestige among others. At any rate it was a relief to know i was NOT ALONE in my endeavor to search out and find anything new and exciting and by "new" it almost always means something really "old".... Those in the know will know what i mean!

My mother probably had close to 100 records when i was a kid a HUGE amount and i'd spent a lot of time pulling through her collection, (most was crap) but she had a few that were real turn ons. (Janis Joplin's "Pearl" being one) And then at some point in my very young life my Uncle Dan came to live with us. He was a wild man with a huge Afro and wore "Manlets". This was back in the 70's. And i would spend a lot of time is his attic room staring at his crazy blacklight posters and digging through his stacks of vinyl. This is where i first heard Black Sabbath and Jimi Hendrix and an assortment of 60's psych and heavy 70's rock. It was an instant love affair and it even helped shape me as a musician and person I'm sure. After hearing what kind of HEAVY sounds the guitar could make, I wanted in and i wanted in NOW!!! And the quest was on. He would stand over me while i ordered records from the "Columbia House" catalog. You know, 10 for 1 penny and you only have to buy 3 more at full price over the next year!!! I was down with Kiss but he told me to buy Led Zeppelin.... Heh...

I've been very lucky over the years scoring some rare and not so rare but great sounding records. To me it's not how valuable a record is but the sounds in the groove. So for all the people above you have helped shape me as a music geek and those who continue to do so this is a big thank you! There are many who have come and gone through the years and too few time to mention them all but because of each one (including many a past girlfriend) I have amassed around 10,000 records... Maybe not as Huge a collection as many out there but on my limited budget i am very happy with my collection!!! So thanks! And keep on diggin'!!!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Magic Lanterns - Shame Shame

Mostly known for (not) having Ozzy Osbourne as a member:

With a name like the Magic Lanterns, one would expect a late-1960s band that might reflect the psychedelic side of the era's music -- when first heard of in 1968, they seemed to fit in with groups like Strawberry Alarm Clock and other trippy-sounding acts (what Bleeker Bob's in New York calls "Lounge Acts That Dressed Cool"), promising their own brand of incense and peppermints. Instead, the Magic Lanterns were a pop/rock outfit, closer in spirit to the Tremeloes or Marmalade; and apart from the exquisite pop-psychedelia of "Impressions of Linda," their music was mostly straight-ahead upbeat pop/rock, which doesn't mean they weren't good, just less adventurous than one might expect. A Manchester-based band that never saw the success of the Hollies or 10cc, the Magic Lanterns did place three singles on the charts on either side of the Atlantic during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The group started life as the Sabres in 1962, organized by Jimmy Bilsbury (some sources spell it Pilsbury) on vocals and, later, guitar, who also wrote songs. Among the musicians who passed through their ranks were Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, who went on to international fame in the 1970s, but the core of the group, in addition to Bilsbury, were Peter Shoesmith (guitar), Ian Moncur (bass), and Allan Wilson (drums). Organized originally in Warrington, Lancashire, the band played clubs in the area around nearby Manchester, taking on the name the Magic Lanterns in the mid-1960s. They were put in contact with publisher Mike Collier, who arranged for the group to cut a song he handled called "Excuse Me Baby," which got them signed to British CBS Records. The song -- an unambitious piece of mid-tempo pop/rock that could have passed for a Herman's Hermits' single with a little work -- managed to show itself on the British charts in three non-consecutive weeks in the summer of 1966. That was sufficient to get them three more single releases, through 1968, but none of them charted successfully -- still, an early album, Lit Up, did follow. The group's lineup began a series of shifts that left Bilsbury as the sole original member, and brought Alistair "Bev" Beveridge (referred to in some sources as "Les" Beveridge) (vocals, guitar), Peter Garner (guitar, vocals), Mike "Oz" Osborne (bass, vocals) (who was definitely not Ozzy Osbourne, despite rumors to the contrary), and Harry Paul Ward (drums, vocals) aboard. Steve Rowland of Family Dogg came on as producer and sometime songwriter, and in 1968, with their contract newly transferred to Atlantic Records, the group scored a major hit -- the biggest in their history -- right out of the box with "Shame, Shame," a pop/rock number with a lean, bluesy guitar sound and larger-than-life percussion amid solid lead vocals and soaring harmonies, all backed by a tasteful horn section (arranged by John Paul Jones), which placed itself in the Top 30 in America. That record was followed by a lesser single, "Give Me Love," also arranged by Jones, which failed to chart, but that didn't stop Atlantic from issuing a Shame Shame LP in 1969 in America. The group moved to the Big Tree label in 1970, through which they enjoyed a minor chart entry with "One Night Stand." It was around this time that singer/songwriter Albert Hammond -- at the tail-end of the first British phase of his career as a songwriter and session musician -- was brought into the Magic Lanterns by Rowland, through their connection in Family Dogg and their songwriting partnership. The presence of Hammond, and his collaborations with Scott English and his regular songwriting partner Mike Hazelwood, toughened up the group's sound, as was evident on their second album, One Night Stand -- "Let the Sunshine In" showed more sophisticated production and a lusher sound than the group had heretofore demonstrated, including elegantly layered harmonies and a dense orchestral accompaniment reminiscent of the Hollies' "King Midas in Reverse." Similarly, "One Night Stand" had a pair of loud guitars, one acoustic and the other electric, supported by tasteful horns at the center of its sound, and "I Don't Want to Go Sleep Again" was a catchy piece of country-style rock. The group didn't make it past 1971, however -- Bilsbury exited and was next heard from as a member of the Les Humphries Singers, who saw a lot of success in continental Europe (especially Switzerland) and cut records for English Decca in the mid-1970s. The others evidently left music, although Mike "Oz" Osborne was destined to be mistaken by pop historians for Ozzy Osbourne -- much to the latter's chagrin -- for decades to come. Hammond and Hazelwood soon lit out for the United States, while Hammond went on to a recording career of his own. The Magic Lanterns remain almost a footnote to his career, and the only extant collection out of their work in 2004 is largely focused on Hammond's contribution to their later history. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

Magic Lanterns - Shame Shame

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Ko-Kane - Shucky Darn - Pink Gin

Still having computer problems here at the devil's music but here is something i uploaded pre-computer crash:

Other than Shucky Darn being on a few comps: Funky Hot Pants and The Players:

I couldn't find anything about this 45.

It's a cool piece of Low-Fi Funk from 1972. It actually sounds like it might have been recorded on a boom box. It's pretty damned cool.

Ko-Kane - Shucky Darn

Ko-Kane - Pink Gin

Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Continentals - Funky Fox

Were having some technical difficulties over here at the devil's music (computer crash) so posts will be a little less frequent around these parts until we can solve the issues but i have a few things "in the can" so to speak so keep checking back. In the Meantime check out this Funky Blue Wax from The Continentals from 1972. Although these guys got started in the 50's as a doo-wop R&B group i guess by '72 they were trying to stay in the game. Unless of course this is an entirely different Continentals, then i got noting....

Rhythm and blues vocal group the Continentals formed in Brooklyn, New York in 1955. Lead tenor Herman Montgomery, second tenor Neville "Buddy" Payne, baritone James Gripper, and bass James Vincent "Vinny" Cooper were already performing as the Condors when they lured first tenor Danny Hicks away from rival combo the Romancers — to distinguish the new lineup from the myriad bird-named units across Brooklyn, the Condors began searching for a new moniker, finally settling on the Continentals in honor of a then-popular television series about a notorious lady killer. After building a devoted local following, the group signed to Bobby Robinson's Whirlin' Disc label in 1956, but around that same time Payne impulsively joined the Marine Corps, forcing the remaining Continentals to quickly find a replacement — in new tenor John "Peanut" Jones, who previously appeared alongside Hicks in the Romancers; the revised lineup soon cut "Dear Lord." Featuring Montgomery on lead and cut with an extraordinary studio group including saxophonist King Curtis, guitarist Mickey Baker, and drummer Philly Joe Jones, the single finally appeared in October of 1956 and was above all a showcase for the Continentals' remarkable harmonies — still, despite their local popularity, "Dear Lord" failed to catch on, and after just one more session, 1957's "Picture of Love," their recording career ground to an abrupt halt. Later that year Gripper joined the U.S. Air Force, and another erstwhile Romancer, baritone Willie Keels, took his place; the group soldiered on until early 1959, when Cooper — the Continentals' musical director and a scholarship student at the Julliard School of Music — suffered a massive heart attack and died at the age of just 21. Only Hicks continued his musical career, later performing with the Keynoters, the Paragons and the Fantastics. Montgomery passed away in 1999, but on June 25, 2004 a lineup consisting of Hicks, Gripper, Jones, Payne, and Payne's younger brother Ronnie reunited to performed at Howard University, in honor of the "Doo-Wop in D.C." event , marking the Continentals' first live appearance in close to a half century.
Jason Ankeny

The Continentals - Funky Fox

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Friday Night Party and Weekend Digs: A few words and pictorial...

Di the birthday girl gets her my little pony b-day card

JJB: She had a few:

So the JJB had a little B-day party for a few friends that had b-days close together at her place in beautiful Upper Darby PA and Saturday after the party we planned on doing some Philadelphia record digging and dig we did!!! I was trying to get DJ Pres and jack the Ripper out to PA for the digging session but DJ Pres had a gig Saturday and it never happened but you guys have to get to Philly! Philly is a VINYL KINDA TOWN!!!!

here's a few pics:

the JJB & the Devil Dick

Amy with a few empties

The gals: Shannon, Amy, JJB

Jenn, Amy, Di, Shannon.

the B-Day girl gives us a pantie shot!

And now an ass shot!

Demian of Serpents Throne, the fat old man, and B-day girl Di

Drew, B-day boy Metal Jim and Jed from Strapping Young Lad having a Metal Moment.

The 70's rock wasn't cuttin' it for the metal crew so they started their own party!

Pellet gives the 1 finger salute

Victoria, Pellet and the grumpiest Yoga Master on Earth: Josh27

Here is the Saturday Digging session:

JJB Digging Deep

The old man getting down and dirty

The giant face looks on while the devil digs!

Checkin out the digs!

Saturday night we went out for a fantastic vegan dinner at this place called "Horizons" and had some great wine with another friend of Jenn's, Kate who had also just had a b-day. Sorry no pics of Dinner but on the way there we drove past the same cat who was selling records on the street corner that I bought a bunch of records off of months ago. We couldn't stop because we were running late for our dinner reservations which is a shame because it looked like he had a lot more stuff than the last time we stopped but I did manage a few drive by photo's to prove his existence!!!

Sunday morning we got up and headed back to Jersey and decided to hit "The Spot" on our way. We got there late but the old man was there and was holding some vinyl for me. We hit a few tables up and got a few things here and there and ran into Psych Dave who was trying to sell some classical shit to Stinky Steve who was set up but I didn't even bother looking at his stuff because I really can't deal with the kook.... It started to get Hot as balls so we split soon after arrival: but as usual records were plentiful @ "the spot"

JJB gasing up to get back to NJ

The old man diggin' in his bag and giving me the used car salesman lines: "Whoa! There is some rare psych in this batch! Your gonna love this stuff! Fuzz guitars! Wow! Rare too!!!" I'll give yoou a good price too!

this is what i get...?!?

JJB & The Old Man;

Yours truly w/ "Thee Psych Box"

The Digs!

I bought so much shit on the cheap but I'm feeling a bit lazy so maybe after a few more beers i will type out the scores!

A few beers more and here is about 1/4 of the scores!

Bland, Billy - Let The Little Girl Dance - Sweet Thing - Old Town 1076
Bohannon, Hamilton - Foot Stompin' Music - Dance With Your Parno - Dakar 4544
Booker T & The Mg's - Big Train - Home Grown - Stax 134
Brown , James - Stoned To The Bone Part 1 - Stone To The Bone (Some More) - Polydor 14210
Brown , James - Sat It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud Pt 1 - Pt 2 - King 12716
Brown , James - Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved Pt. 1 - Pt 2 - King 6347
Chi-Lites, The - Stoned Out Of My Mind - Someone Elses Arms - Brunswick 55500
Cool Heat - Groovin' With Mr. Bloe - Are You Nuts? - Forward 152
Courtney, Lou - Do The Thing - The Man Is Lonely - Riverside 4589
Crusaders, The - Put It Where You Want It - Mosadi (Woman) - Blue thumb 208
Davis, Tyrone - I Had It All The Time - You Wouldn't Believe - Dakar 4501
Detroit Emeralds - You Want It, You Got It - Till Yoy Decide To Come Home - Westbound 192
DeVaughn, William - Be Thankful For What you Got - Pt 2 - Roxbury 0236
Dramatics, The - The Devil Is Dope - Hey You! Get Off My Mountain - Volt 4090
Eleventh Hour, The - Hollywood Hot - Hollywood Hotter (Instrumental) - 20th Century 2215
Eli's Second Coming - Love Chant Part 1 Part II Silver Blue 7302
Emotions, The - Boss Love Maker - Show me How - Volt 4066
Faith Hope & Charity - Let's Try It Over - So Much Love - Maxwell 805
First Class - It's Never Too Late - The Beginning Of My End - Ebony Sound 187
Hampshire, Keith - Big Time Operator - Mono - A&M 1486
Hathaway, Donny - Little Ghetto Boy - Mono - Atco - 6880
Ingram, Luther - Missing You - You Were Made For Me - Koko 2110
Invisible Man's Band - Rated X - Rated X - Broadway NB7 11 127
Lee, Laura - I Don't Want Nothing Old (But Mooney) - Since I Fell For You - Hot Wax 7201
Lewis, Barbara - Love To Be Loved - Make Me Your Baby - Atlantic 2300
N. E. Philly Band - Why Don't We Live Together - Mono - Fantasy 764
Originals, The - Keep Me - A Man Without Love - Soul 35085
Pagan, Ralfi - Make It With You - Mono - Wand 11236
Price, Pricilla - Funny - Only Yesterday - BASF 15151
Ray Charles Orchestra, The - Booty Butt - Sidewinder - Tangerine 1015
Satamaria, Hugo - Feeling Alright - I Can't Get Next To You - Atlantic 2689
Simon, Joe - Come On And Get It - The Chockin' Kind - Sound Stage 7 2628
Simon, Joe - Talk Don't Bother Me - Mono - Spring 133
Swann, Betty - Today I Started Loving You Again - Mono - Atlantic 2921
Tate, Howard - Baby, I Love You - How Blue Can You Get - Verve 10525
Taylor, Jonnie - Friday Night - Steal Away - Stax 0068
Tolbert, Isreal - Big Leg Woman (with a short Mini Skirt) - I Got Love - Warren - 106
whatnauts, The - World - We'll Always be Together - Stang 5034
Youngblood, Lonnie - Man To Woman - Man To Woman (Instrumental) - Shakat 708
Young-Holt Limited - Mellow Dreaming - Black and White - Cotillion 44092
Z.Z. Hill - Think People - Don't Make Him pay For His Mistakes - Hill 222

Joyous Noise - Lost Man

Sticking w/ some lighter psych pop from the 60's here. Not much i know about this group and I can't remember where i dug this 45 up but since i seem to be in the 60's lately i thought i'd share. There seems to be a modern day band out there now with the same name so they kept coming up and i couldn't dig anything up on these guys.

Joyous Noise - Lost Man

Friday, August 1, 2008

Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart - Out & About

I'm sending this one out to Larry over at Iron Leg for his love of 60's pop and psych...

Tommy Boyce (born Sidney Thomas Boyce, September 29, 1939, Charlottesville, Virginia; died November 23, 1994) and Bobby Hart (born Robert Luke Harshman, February 19, 1939, Phoenix, Arizona) were a songwriting duo, best known for the songs they wrote for The Monkees.

Hart's father was a church minister. Hart served in the Army after leaving high school, and on discharge travelled to Los Angeles seeking a career as a singer. In the early 1960s, he met Tommy Boyce, who was already on his way to being a successful songwriter.

Their partnership made a breakthrough with a song recorded by Chubby Checker, "Lazy Elsie Molly", in 1964. They went on to write hits for Jay & the Americans ("Come a Little Bit Closer"), Paul Revere and the Raiders ("(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone") and The Leaves ("Words"). The latter two songs provided the Monkees with hit B-sides in 1967. The duo also wrote the theme song to the daytime soap "Days of Our Lives".

In late 1965, they wrote, produced and performed the soundtrack to the pilot of The Monkees, including singing lead vocals (which were later replaced, once the show was cast). In 1966, despite some conflicts with Don Kirshner, who was the show's musical supervisor, they were retained in substantially the same role. It was Boyce and Hart who wrote, produced and recorded (with the help of their band, the Candy Store Prophets) backing tracks for a large portion of the first season of The Monkees, and the band's accompanying debut album. The Monkees themselves re-recorded their vocals over Boyce and Hart's when it came time to release the songs, including both "(Theme from) The Monkees" and "Last Train to Clarksville", the latter of which was a huge hit.

When the Monkees began to record and produce their own material for their third album, and Boyce and Hart were ousted as producers, they were not sure how the band felt about them personally. Attending a Monkees show, though, they were spotted in the audience, and singer Davy Jones invited them up onstage, to introduce them: "These are the fellows who wrote our great hits — Tommy and Bobby!" Every original Monkees album (except for the Head soundtrack) included songs by the duo.

Boyce and Hart also embarked on a successful career as recording artists in their own right, releasing three albums on A&M Records: Test Patterns, I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight, and It's All Happening on the Inside (released in Canada as Which One's Boyce and Which One's Hart?). The duo also had several hit singles; the most well-known of these were "Out and About," "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight," "Alice Long" and "I'm Gonna Blow You A Kiss in the Wind", which they performed on the television show Bewitched. They also appeared on other TV shows including The Flying Nun and I Dream of Jeannie.

They also were involved with producing music for motion pictures for Columbia Pictures. The motion pictures include two "Matt Helm" movies ("The Ambushers" and "Murderer's Row"), "Winter A-Go-Go" and "Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows".

In 1971 a sitcom named Getting Together appeared on ABC-TV, starring Bobby Sherman and Wes Stern as two struggling songwriters, who were friends of The Partridge Family (and were introduced on their show). The series was reportedly based loosely on Boyce and Hart's partnership. At this point, they decided to work on various solo projects.

In the mid-1970s, Boyce and Hart reunited with Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz, performing the songs Boyce and Hart had written for The Monkees a decade before. They toured amusement parks and other venues throughout America, Japan and other locations from July 4th, 1975 to early 1977, including being the first American band to play in Thailand. The group also recorded an album of new material for Capitol Records in 1976. Legally prohibited from using the Monkees name, they released the album and toured as Dolenz, Jones, Boyce and Hart. A live album was also recorded in Japan, and was eventually released in the United States on compact disc in the mid 1990s. During this time, DJB&H were met by thousands of the same screaming fans who had followed the Monkees 10 years previously as well as younger second generation fans. These tours also coincided with the syndication of the Monkees TV series and helped bolster the sales of Arista's release of "The Monkees - Greatest Hits".

DJB&H also starred on their own TV special called "The Great Golden Hits of the Monkees Show". It was created during 1976 which included a "Boyce & Hart Medley" of songs they wrote as well as the songs they produced for the Monkees. Unfortunately, it did not feature songs from the new album. The show aired in syndication only, despite the production being worthy of network TV.

In 1979 Boyce formed his own band, called The Tommy Band, and toured the UK as support to Andrew Matheson (ex-Hollywood Brats). The tour was largely ignored by the public especially in Middlesbrough where just one person paid to watch the show.

The duo did reunite during the late 1980's resurgence of the Monkees. They performed live and signed autographs. They remained friends unlike most other artists and proved they could work together after many years.

After a stint living in the UK, Tommy Boyce returned to live in Nashville, Tennessee, where he struggled with depression, and later suffered a brain aneurysm. In 1994, he shot himself in the sitting room of his house.

Hart was nominated for an Oscar in 1983 for his song "Over You", written for the film Tender Mercies.

According to the Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll, Boyce and Hart wrote more than 300 songs, and sold more than 42 million records as a partnership.

Their song "(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone" was covered by the Sex Pistols and hardcore punk band Minor Threat on their album In My Eyes.

Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart - Out & About