Not the Zombies (below) but an incredible simulation…
Listen – I Don’t Want To Know – MP3
I hope everyone is well, and has been digging the mix of last week. We’ll be running through a couple of individual tracks this week, and I ought to be dropping the second half of the psychedelic podcast in the next few weeks (though maybe not until after New Years Eve).
I ought to start off today’s post with a reference to the unintended, long lasting impact of a tiny bit of DIY from back in the day.
During the height of my garage/mod days, I (and everyone else I knew) was all about the comps. Prior to the digital age (and pretty much before the CD age, as it was) we would truck into the city (NYC) on a regular basis and hit places like Venus Records (where have you gone Ron Rimsite, coo coo ca choo…) and Midnight Records to check out what the new garage/psyche comps were. This – aside from collecting OG vinyl, which I didn’t really set my mind to for a few years – was the only way to check out old school fuzz and psyche.
My pals and I used to wonder what it would be like to put out our own comp (especially after we started to accumulate original garage vinyl) but none of us had the know-how or financial wherewithal to get the job done.
A few years later, I decided to parlay my compulsive mixtape making into something I was (though I had no idea at the time) in no way prepared to do properly, that being release my own comps.
I bought a bunch of 30 minute chrome blank tapes, designed some j-cards and liner notes on my old Mac Performa 200 and created the short-lived, entirely handmade/homegrown, and (very) poorly distributed Delusions of Grandeur tape compilations. I don’t remember – it has been a long time and I don’t think I even have a full set of the tapes anywhere – but there were around a half dozen different tapes that I produced myself and sold through my fanzine (and in person at shows) for about a year. I have no idea how many I eventually made/sold, but it wasn’t much.
The tapes were largely composed of US garage and psyched 45s, though my pal Bill put together a UK R&Beat comp as well.
These 20 years hence, I had pretty much forgotten about these tapes, and figured everyone else had as well. That was until I was Googling some band or other and found that someone, somewhere had recorded these tapes in a database of garage comps. When I subsequently featured one of the singles from the tapes on this blog, a reader commented that the tune had been on one of the Delusions of Grandeur comps, and I had to fess up.
Weird how these things come around.
Anyway, this has all been prelude to the fact that today’s selection appeared on one of those tapes, and in all the years I’ve owned it, I’ve never been able to find out anything about it.
The only obvious fact is that the U.S. Male’s ‘I Don’t Want To Know’ is a cover of a tune (written by Chris White) from the Zombies first LP. The U.S. Male hew pretty closely to the original, up to and including a breathy, Blunstone-esque vocal. Though I wouldn’t go as far as to describe this as “garage” (an appellation that seems to be attached to any obscure rock record of a certain vintage) it has a great pop vibe to it, and of course scores extra points as an obscure cover.
If any of you knows anything about this band, please let me know.
That said, I hope you dig it, and I’ll be back later in the week, and then later with something for Christmas.