The Remains – Diddy Wah Diddy b/w Once Before

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The Remains

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Listen/Download – The Remains – Diddy Wah Diddy

Listen/Download – The Remains – Once Before

Greetings all.

Near the end of February, the sad news came down that the drummer of the mighty Remains, Chip Damiani had passed away at the age of 68.

Back in the garage/mod days of the 80s, when reissues of classic 60s material were coming fast and furious, the French import comp of the Remains best material was a big favorite.

Record collector types are always bending someone’s ear about how their favorite band really should have been huge, but in the case of the Remains, that old saw has the ring of truth.

Formed in Boston in 1964, the Remains made music that was hard edged – often muscling in on the garage punk vibe – full of R&B swagger yet with enough pop flavor to get them (theoretically, anyway) on the radio.

They were enshrined on 1972’s ‘Nuggets’ comp, with ‘Don’t Look Back’ (written by a young Billy Vera), but that record – as great as it was – only scratched the surface.

Despite a lack in actual chart success (outside of Boston), the Remains managed to make it onto the Ed Sullivan show, and score themselves a spot opening for the Beatles on their last tour in 1966.

They shoulda/coulda been, but broke up not long after the Beatles tour.

In their short career they recorded one rare LP for Epic, a handful of 45s (most of the tracks from the LP), and that – as they say – was that.

The two tracks I bring you today were released on 45 in 1966.

Their reading of Bo Diddley’s ‘Diddy Wah Diddy’ was their biggest hit – charting in the Northeast and southern California – and has a big, booming sound. The drums, acoustic guitar and electric piano get things rolling before the harp and vocals come in. There’s plenty of forward motion for the dance floor, and just enough grit for the longhairs in the crowd.

The flipside, ‘Once Before’ – opening with a razor sharp rhythm guitar slash – sounds like what the Yardbirds might have sounded like had they emerged on the opposite side of the Atlantic. Written by Chip Damiani and bassist Vern Miller, the song is my favorite of the band’s original songs, and in a just world would have been a hit.

Fortunately, after decades of doing other things (with Barry Tashian crossing paths with Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris) the Remains came back together in the late 90s and performed at many modern garage fests.

You can grab all of their material in reissue (hard copy and digital), and if you dig these tracks, I assure you that the rest of their catalog will not disappoint.

See you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #36

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Playlist

Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)
Sunshine Company – Love That’s Where It Is (Imperial)
Candymen – Ways (ABC)
Tommy Roe – Aggravation (ABC)
Tommy Roe – Leave Her (ABC)
Chain Reaction – You Should Have Been Here Yesterday (Verve)
The Poor – My Mind Goes High (York)
The Turtles – She’s My Girl (White Whale)
Emmit Rhodes- Really Wanted You (ABC)
Rick Nelson – Don’t Make Promises (Decca)

British Walkers – I Found You (Try)
Changing Tymes – Free Spirit (She Comes On) (Bell)
Brian Hyland – The Joker Went Wild (Philips)
The Collage – Rainy Blue Day (Smash)
The Collage – Would You Like To Go (Smash)
Fun and Games – Elephant Candy (White Whale)
Fun and Games – The Grooviest Girl In the World (White Whale)
Jimmie Haskell – Prelude (ABC)
Jimmie Haskell/Denny Doherty – To Claudia On Thursday (ABC)
The Love Generation – The Love In Me (Imperial)

The Montanas – That’s When Happiness Began (WB)
Hondells – Just One More Chance (Columbia)
Coopers – Didn’t I (White Whale)
Nino Tempo and April Stevens with the Guilloteens – I Love How You Love Me (Atco)
Del Shannon – She (Liberty)
Cowsills – River Blue (MGM)
Eternity’s Children – Mrs Bluebird (Tower)
Chris and Peter Allen – Just Friends (Mercury)
Free Design – Kites Are Fun (Project 3)
Joyride – Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine (World Pacific)
Van Dyke Parks – Come To the Sunshine (MGM)
Thom McCan Commercial

 

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 36 – 160MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

This month I was in the mood for some hooks and jangle, so I dipped into the archives and pulled out a bunch of groovy stuff. You get a grip of Curt Boettcher-associated material (songs, productions, arrangements), some soft pop, sunshine, bubblegum and even a bit of freakbeat.

Wait for a sunny day and play this one while you fly a kite (cuz kites are fun!).

See you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Pre-Monkee-fication: Sir Raleigh and the Coupons b/w Del Shannon

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Dewey Martin (above), Del Shannon (below)

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Listen/Download – Sir Raleigh and the Coupons – Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day

Listen/Download – Del Shannon – She

Greetings all.

The tunes I bring you today ought to both be very familiar, of not in the versions you see here.

You already known I’m a big fan of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart.

Despite their Monkees-related fame, both Boyce and Hart were working as successful songwriters prior to their association with the law firm of Dolenz, Jones, Nesmith and Tork.

Both of the records featured today are recordings of songs done by the Monkees, but done before the Monkees (get my drift?).

‘Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day’, written by Boyce and Steve Venet (Venet co-wrote the theme to ‘Where the Action Is’ with Boyce and penned songs with Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, in addition to co-writing ‘The Roach’ for Gene and Wendell), was recorded by a number of groups in the mid-60s, including the Astronauts and the Shadows of Knight.

The version you have here was waxed by Sir Raleigh and the Coupons in 1965.

Sir Raleigh was a pseudonym for a pre-Buffalo Springfield drummer/vocalist Dewey Martin. Sir Raleigh and the Coupons (the name a reference to a then-popular brand of cigarettes) recorded one 45 for Jerden (as well as one for Tower and another for A&M), which was also issued in Australia under the name ‘Sir Duncan and the Yo-Yos’.

Their version of ‘Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day’ has a hard, garage edge to it (like the Astronauts take) with a great lead vocal by Martin and a wailing guitar solo.

Del Shannon had a run of hits that lasted from 1961 (with ‘Runaway’) to 1965 (with ‘Keep Searchin’’).

By the time he recorded his version of Boyce and Hart’s ‘She’ in 1966 (pre-dating the Monkees by a few months) he was in the grips of a dry spell that never really let up.

Despite the fact that he was a stranger to the charts, Shannon did some of his most interesting work in the mid-to-late 60s.

‘She’ (produced by Boyce and Hart) opens with fuzz guitar and combo organ, with some cool lead guitar punctuating things through the verse. Shannon’s vocals are predictably excellent, and the backing vocals are very cool, too.

I can only imagine that had he the kind of momentum the Monkees did, his version might have been the hit.

Both versions are very cool, and make me want to see the new Boyce and Hart documentary (a lot).

I hope you dig them, and I’ll see you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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The Tygers – I Still Love Her

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The Tygers

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Listen/Download – The Tygers – I Still Love Her

Greetings all.

I hope all is well in your part of the universe.

The tune I bring you today was the final piece of a puzzle that ended abut 20 years of confusion.

Back in the olden days, when there were no internets to speak of and we all had to rely on record guides, fanzines and whatever first-hand/old-time stuff we could lay our hands on, we often had to rely on (often faulty) word of mouth when it came to researching music.

I remember picking up a 45 by Tony’s Tygers called ‘Little By Little’, and making the assumption that whatI had was a recording by the early Hunt and Tony Sales (sons of Soupy) band.

I labored under this assumption for a long, long time.

Then, a few years back I saw the 45 you see before you on a friend’s sales list, picked it up on his recommendation and dug it.

Though it was very poppy, seemingly rising from the conventional end of things, there was enough sonic coolness to pique my interest.

So I stepped out onto the web and before long I discovered two things:

First, these Tygers were the same band as Tony’s Tygers.

Second, they had nothing to do with the Sales brothers, having come from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

As it turns out, these Tygers (who competed locally with another band called the Tigers) recorded a handful of 45s and an LP for the local Teen Town label, before ‘Little By Little’ started to generate enough heat that A&M picked it up and re-released it nationally.

The vibe here is leaning in the direction of bubblegummy AM radio pop, yet seems to be drawing from the same stew of UK power pop, like the Who and the Move that their slightly southern neighbors the Choir were working with. There are times where the Tygers sound to me like the New Colony Six evolving from their earlier garage sound to their pop years.

Tony’s Tygers’ A&M deal didn’t go past that one single, but they continued to record and release stuff for Teen Town all the way to 1971.

Following the break up of the Tygers, Tony Dancy would move west and go on to write songs for Hanna-Barbera cartoon shows.

I hope you dig the track, and I’ll see you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #35

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Playlist

Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)
Artie Schroeck Implosion – Six O’Clock (Verve)
Bud Shank – Coconut Grove (World Pacific)
Sound Symposium – Darling Be Home Soon (Dot)
Tony Hatch – Black Is Black (WB)
George Tipton – Rainmaker (WB)
Pat Williams – Don’t Leave Me (Verve)
Billy Vaughn – Time of the Season (Dot)

Gary McFarland – Get Back (Skye)
Bobby Bryant – While My Guitar Gently Weeps (World Pacific Jazz)
Don Randi – Tomorrow Never Knows (Reprise)
Cal Tjader – Lady Madonna (Skye)
Count Basie – Come Together (Tiger)
Freddy McCoy – I Am a Walrus (Prestige)
Living Guitars – Baby You’re Rich Man (Camden)
Mike Melvoin – Paperback Writer (Liberty)

Electric Tommy – Amazing Journey (Viva)
Electric Tommy – Sparks (Viva)
Enoch Light and the Light Brigade – Over Under Sideways Down (Project 3)
Ronnie Aldrich – Ride My Seesaw (London)
Helmut Zacharias – Hurdy Gurdy Man (Capitol)
Mariano and the Unbeleivables – Sunshine Superman (Capitol)
Living Guitars – San Franciscan Nights (Camden)

Freddy McCoy – Pet Sounds (Prestige)
Liberace – Suite Judy Blue Eyes (WB)
Sound Symposium – America (Dot)
Paul Horn – Eight Miles High (RCA)
Living Guitars – Out and About (Camden)
Roger Coulam – Dizzy (Contour)
101 Strings – Spinning Wheel (Alshire)

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 35 – 191MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

I know I said last week that I would be posting some Dave Van Ronk stuff this week, but I forgot that I already had this month’s podcast in the can, so Dave and his pals will be along next week.

This month, the Iron Leg Radio Show is dedicated completely to instrumental covers of 60s pop and rock tunes from all ends of the instro spectrum. There are jazzers, easy listening, Moog, pop orchestras, you name it, there’s something here for everyone.

It is a groovy collection, and I hope you dig it.

See you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Eric Andersen – Honey

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Eric Andersen

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Listen/Download – Eric Andersen – Honey

Greetings all.

The tune I bring you today is one of those odd points on the line where a pejorative prophecy of sorts is fulfilled.

Those of you that are not deeply into the world of 60s/70s singer-songwriter sounds, or lack a grasp on the Village folk scene of the 60s may not know the name Eric Andersen.

I would however venture a guess that you have heard some of his songs.

Back in the day, when he was one of the many ‘new Dylans’ (the prophecy referred to above) he penned some truly remarkable tunes, including ‘Violets of Dawn’, ‘Thirsty Boots’ and ‘Close the Door Lightly’.

Eric Andersen was a talented singer and writer who also happened to have movie star good looks. Unfortunately, the 1960s was an era packed so tightly with talent and charisma that sometimes even those with all of the right moves didn’t make it all the way to ‘star’.

That Andersen – who has been recording steadily since 1965 – was branded one of the many ‘new Dylans’ (which I referred to as pejorative since the title ended up as an albatross around many necks during the 60s and 70s) isn’t surprising, but his 1968 LP ‘Tin Can Alley’ didn’t do anything to shake it off.

He had already electrified his sound the previous year with ‘’Bout Changes and Things Take 2’ (which was, oddly enough, an electrified re-recording of 1966’s ‘Bout Changes and Things’), but ‘Tin Can Alley’ really pushes into ‘electrified Dylan’ territory.

This is not to say that the album is bad (it’s pretty good) but rather that you look back wishing that some artists had taken the counterintuitive tack and not locked into what seemed like the obvious groove.

‘Honey’, recorded with a who’s who of NY studio heads (including Al Kooper) is a line drive right down the main street of Dylan-town, sounding like a slightly more energetic ‘Highway 61’ outtake.

For something a little more ambitious and interesting, stay tuned for next week’s look at Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters.

See you then.

Peace

Larry

 

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Brewer & Shipley – Truly Right / Time and Changes

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Michael Brewer and Tom Shipley

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Listen/Download – Brewer & Shipley – Truly Right

Listen/Download – Brewer & Shipley – Time and Changes

Greetings all.

The two tunes I bring you today can be filed as ‘familiar sounds from an unfamiliar source’.

Both of these songs are better known via their recording by other groups, but here they are presented by their authors, Michael Brewer and Tom Shipley.

Brewer and Shipley are themselves better known by their later recordings, like their 1971 hit ‘One Toke Over the Line’.

The two musicians had been bouncing around the LA scene in the mid-60s, writing and recording prior to their better known partnership.

They had composed (by themselves or as a pair) songs for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the Byrds, Noel Harrison, the Poor, Glenn Yarbrough, HP Lovecraft and the Garden Club (basically a duet between Shipley and Ruthann Friedman).

I first heard ‘Truly Right’ on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s 1967 ‘Ricochet’ LP which also featured a couple of very early songs written by Jackson Browne. It quickly became a favorite (the group’s first two LPs are lost classics of mid-60s LA) but it was a while before I figured out that the composers of the song were THE Brewer & Shipley.

That same year, the Poor, featuring a young Randy Meisner, would record Shipley’s song ‘She’s Got the Time (She’s Got the Changes)’, one of the finest bits of Sunset Strip popsike ever made.

Flash forward a few years and I find out that Brewer and Shipley recorded their own LP in 1968 entitled’Down In LA’ and that it included their versions of the two songs mentioned above.

The approach is much more relaxed/Laurel Canyon hippy than the harder edged pop of the NGDB and the Poor.

‘Truly Right’, which opens with acoustic guitar gains speed gradually, with the bass and drums coming in a bit at a time, until the whole band is moving along (with some groovy electric piano – courtesy of Leon Russell – running underneath). Brewer and Shipley lay down some very nice harmonies.

‘Time and Changes’ (truncated title, same song) is taken at a mellower, less popsike pace than the Poor’s version, but the overall effect is excellent. As much as I love the Poor 45, the Brewer and Shipley version has that late-60s, LA harmony vibe that reminds me of some of the cooler CSNY tracks.

If you can get your hands on the ‘Down In LA’ album, grab it because it expands on the vibe, working in a little bit of country rock, all the songs presented by B&S’s great harmonies.

Oddly, by the time ‘Down In LA’ was released, Brewer and Shipley had departed from the coast and relocated to Kansas City, MO.

They went on to have a hit with ‘One Toke Over the Line’ and its LP ‘Tarkio’ in 1971.

I hope you dig the sounds, and I’ll see you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Elvis Costello and the Attractions – You Belong To Me

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Elvis says “Whut???”

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Listen/Download – Elvis Costello and the Attractions – You Belong To Me

Greetings all.

Every once in a while even the most jaded of collectors needs to be reminded that he/she is not omnipotent of infallible (you shouldn’t need to be reminded, but we are after all taking about record collectors, so…).

Back in the olden days, when I was in high school and new wave was (new) I used to sit at the same lunch table as a couple of marginal characters (at least I thought they were marginal at the time) named Bob and Alan.

Like most non-athletic adolescent boys of the time we spent an inordinate amount of time discussing/arguing about music.

I had recently discovered Bad Company.

Yeah…

Though Bob and Alan were both hard rock aficionados as well, their tastes ran to KISS (I’m still ambivalent), but they had already started to progress by digging into bands like the Clash and Elvis Costello and the Attractions.

I had spent most of my early teen-hood obsessing about the Beatles, and was as a result a case of musical arrested development. I was suspicious of anything even vaguely punk-adjacent, so when the boys started rapping about Elvis, I kind of rolled my eyes and ran the opening chords of ‘Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love’ through my head for the thousandth time.

Flash forward a year or two, and the unfinished synapse that started with the Beatles closed its circuit when I discovered how much of debt new wave and power pop owed to the Fabs and every other pop and jangle band of the 60s.

Before long I was scouring the local flea market for commercial stuff like the Cars and the Romantics listening to college radio.

Then, in college, a friend whipped Elvis’s ‘Armed Forces’ album on me. I immediately threw down my arms, hoisted the flag of surrender and joined Oliver’s Army.

I had seen the Attractions on Saturday Night Live, and Elvis and his spasmodic affect struck me the wrong way (though I remember digging DEVO, so maybe it was a case of ‘weird but not quite weird enough’ or something like that, but when the dulcet tones of ‘Armed Forces’ wormed their way into my head, I discovered that the four-eyed goon staggering around the stage was a songwriter of no small talent and deserved my attention after all.

I eventually found my way back through EC’s early albums – losing track some time in the early 80s when his prolific nature outpaced my interest and bank account – and discovered that there was much gold to be dug.

The record that really knocked me for a loop was the second by EC and the Attractions, 1978’s ‘This Year’s Model’, and the track that I wore the grooves out on was the one you see before you, ‘You Belong To Me’.

I suspect that my 1980s garage-mania has a lot to do with why I love this song so much, since there’s more than a touch of the Pebbles at work here.

You get the ringing guitar riff, the elbows-on-the-keyboard combo organ and the kick of the bass and drums, all of it with roots that reach back to 1966 (thanks to Nick Lowe for the production). I always find myself wishing that someone back in the garage revival days had glommed onto this one but I suspect that such a move would have been perceived as apostate (no matter how hip in real life).

The groovy 45 you see before you was picked up (along with half a dozen others by EC) whilst out digging in the hinterlands of New York last summer.

I hope you dig the track, and I’ll see you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #34

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Playlist

Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)
Underdogs –Love’s Gone Bad (VIP)
Jacques Dutronc – Et Moi Et Moi Et Moi (Vogue)
Bobby Brelyn – Hannah (Jorel)
Mars Bonfire – Ride With Me (UNI)
Chris and Peter Allen – My Silent Symphony (Mercury)
Ruthann – Carry On (Glittering Dancer) (Reprise)
Utica Club Natural Carbonation Band – Utica Club Natural Carbonation Beer Drinking Song (Utica Club)
Jim Lowe – Michael J Pollard For President (Buddah)
Jefferson Airplane Levis Commercial

The Eagles – Eagle (Warner Brothers)
Bucky Wilkin – I Wanna Be Free (RCA)
Bucky Wilkin – Delta Day (RCA)
John Buck Wilkin – Faces and Places (Liberty) 
John Buck Wilkin – My God and I (Liberty)
John Buck Wilkin – Boy of the Country (Liberty)
John Buck Wilkin – Apocalypse 1969 (Liberty)
John Buck Wilkin – Me and Bobby McGee (Liberty)
John Buck Wilkin – The Daydream (Liberty)
Sopwith Camel Levis Commercial

Buck Wilkin – Going On (UA)
Buck Wilkin – Get Up (UA)
Buck Wilkin – Down On Music Row (UA)
Buck Wilkin – Star Spangled Girl (UA)
Buck Wilkin – Sun, Moon and Stars (UA)
Canned Heat Levis Commercial

Boyce and Hart Coke Commercial
Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart – Where Angels Go Trouble Follows (A&M)
Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart- Out and About (A&M)
Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart – Sometimes She’s a Little Girl (A&M)
Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart- Blow You a Kiss In the Wind (Aquarian)
Curt Boettcher Levis Commercial

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 34 – 197MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

I have some cool stuff for you this time around, including all kinds of new arrivals, a long look at the sounds of unjustly forgotten Nashville rocker John Buck Wilkin and a set of Boyce and Hart action.

As always, I hope you dig the sounds.

See you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Scotty McKay – All Around the World

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Scotty McKay

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Listen/Download – Scotty McKay – All Around the World

Greetings all.

I thought I’d whip something tasty on you this week.

I have known the name Scotty McKay since back in the garage/mod days when his raving 1967 version of ‘Train Kept A Rolling’ (long rumored to include a solo by Jimmy Page) got comped a few times.

What I did not know, and wouldn’t learn until I dug up the record you see before you today is that McKay (born Max Lipscomb?!) was, in the 50s and 60s a veritable rock’n’roll Zelig.

As a teenager he played rhythm guitar in Gene Vincent’s Blue Caps, then went on to record in a variety of styles (rockabilly, pop, R&B) into the 60s, when he changed his name.

A Texas native, he played alongside bands like the Chessmen and Kenny and the Kasuals (he would record with the latter) while releasing a series of 45s.

The Jimmy Page story varies from place to place, but it seems McKay met the Yardbirds when they were touring through Texas and the connection was made. It seems that McKay recorded the track and sent the tape to the UK where Jimmy added his plucking and sent it back.

The tune I bring you today is a little burner that McKay laid down in 1966 on the flipside of a tune called ‘Here Comes Batman’.

The ‘Batman’ side was popular and got the record pressed on a few different labels.

His cover of Titus Turner’s ‘All Around the World’ (aka ‘Grits Ain’t Groceries’) is taken at a fast pace and sits on the Bobby Fuller side of the garage border.

McKay and his band would go on to appear in a couple of low-budget horror movies (there appear to have been a few efforts to turn him into a teen idol).

He went on to produce some records (including the pre-ZZ Top American Blues) eventually turning to religious music. He passed away in 1991.

I hope you dig the track and I’ll see you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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