Listen – The Enfields -In the Eyes of the World – MP3
I hope everyone had a most excellent weekend.
I know I did, heading down to the World Famous Asbury Lanes to see my brother (CJ Grogan) play on the same bill as my old friends Mod Fun. It was a reunion of sorts, with several 80s garage/mod musicians (members of Mod Fun, Phantom Five, Lord John, Tiny Lights) and scenesters getting together – many for the first time in two decades – including all surviving members of my own band the Phantom Five.
The Phantom Five: Larry Grogan, CJ Grogan, John Rahmer, Bill Luther, Vince Grogan
Yours truly got up on stage with my old bandmates (with Chris Collins of Mod Fun on drums) for a reprise of our old fave ‘She’s Not’, which was a gas. I think I’m years past wanting to play in a band on a regular basis. This is a fantastic indicator of how time does indeed fly, since I can remember a time when that was all I wanted to do (a period that lasted almost fifteen years). Ex-Phantom Five rhythm guitarist Bill Luther was kind enough to film the performance, and post it on YouTube.
The old(er) school tune I bring you today is one of the mellower sides by the legendary Delaware garage band the Enfields.
Back in the day the always groovy Get Hip label released a compilation of all of the Enfields’ 45s, as well as a number of tunes by band leader Ted Munda’s later band the Friends of the Family. Unlike many such releases – wherein the obscurity/rarity often outweighs the musical quality – the Enfields comp was a revelation, exposing to many for the first time a really talented group that never broke out of their regional scene. If you haven’t heard it, and can still find a copy I recommend it highly, especially for tunes like ‘Face to Face’ and ‘Time Card’.
Today’s selection is the tune ‘In the Eyes of the World’, which has the vibe of a classic garage folk ballad. I dig the ringing guitars, and the haunting melody.
I hope you do to, and I’ll back later in the week with something groovy