The Rich Kids
Listen – Denny Belline & the Rich Kids – Rain – MP3
Welcome to the beginning of another chapter in the interwebs saga known as Iron Leg.
The tune I bring you today is something I picked up years ago just as my hardcore garage punking days were winding down.
Some friends and I had taken a ride over to Red Bank in search of a record store that we heard had recently moved. I’d never bought anything at their old location but harbored lust in my heart for a copy of a local rock fanzine from the 60s that they had hanging on their wall, to which that had affixed a price tag of one hundred American dollars (which, by the way I almost bought, back when $100 bucks would have been an absolutely insane sum).
Anyhoo…we eventually found the store in its new location, only to discover that they were on the verge of insolvency and were about to close their doors forever. I suspect that moving from a hole in the wall on a side street to a piece of prime real estate on the main drag probably shot their rent up exponentially, but I had some cash burning a hole in my pocket and they had a room full of records they were trying to sell, so I started digging.
While the trip wasn’t exactly a bonanza, I did pick up a couple of very nice records, including a couple of fairly rare psych LPs and a couple of garagey things. One of the other items I picked up, which maybe wasn’t as fabulous as I suspected, was an album by Denny Belline and the Rich Kids.
I already knew Belline’s name, having a copy of a 45 by his earlier band the Dwellers, and having seen copies of the Rich Kids later 45s on the Steed label. When I pulled the Rich Kids album out of the bin – stone minty fresh by the way – it was immediately apparent that they were committing an act of stylistic larceny, i.e. (to borrow a phrase from the kids) biting the Young Rascals look six ways from Sunday. It was a definite “If I was Felix Cavaliere I’d be calling my lawyer” thing, but since I dug the Rascals, and the record was inexpensive (even more so when I got to the counter and discovered that everything in the store was half the sticker price), I grabbed it and took it home with me.
Once I got it there and had a chance to give it a spin I wasn’t exactly blown away. The whole thing has a ‘live in the studio party’ vibe, and some of the performances were lackluster.
However, there was also something very cool, i.e. a cover of the Beatles ‘Rain’.
Despite the fact that the Beatles were huge, and got covered lots of time, you don’t tend to see a lot of contemporary covers of the psychey stuff, especially not ‘Rain’. Belline and the band slow the tune down a tad, add a harpsichord, and while they were clearly no threat to the Beatles (or the Young Rascals), it’s a nice version of the song.
I hope you dig it, and I’ll be back later in the week with something melodramatic.