Listen/Download – Fabulous Thunder – Jealous of You
I hope everyone is having a groovy New Year (so far) and that you all had a chance to pull down the ones and zeros on the Year In Review mix.
The tune I bring you today is a fantastic example of how sometimes things just kind of fall into your lap.
I’ve gone into the fact that my father-in-law has on many occasions grabbed stacks of records he comes across at garage and estate sales, once a stack so large that it consisted of many thousands of records that took me the better part of two years to really digest.
So, late last summer he and my mother-in-law were down visiting and he handed me a shopping bag full of unsleeved 45s.
Upon first look, it didn’t seem like much (mostly 70s Top 40 pop) but I’m always game to paw through a pile of records, so I said thank you and brought them home.
As is often the case, I didn’t really give them a close look until much later, at which time I pulled out maybe half a dozen interesting looking things and put them aside, not really digging into that pile for another month.
The big surprise in that bunch was the record I bring you today, the inclusion of which in this sack of wax was all but inexplicable.
I’ll always gravitate to 45s on unknown labels, especially ones with group names like ‘Fabulous Thunder’.
I think I was expecting some kind of surf/hot rod instro action, so imagine my surprise when I drop the needle and discover not imitation Link Wray, but rather a slice of poppy, mid-60s folk rock.
How this got into a pile of Anne Murray and Starland Vocal Band 45s I do not know, but I sure am glad that it did.
That said, other than the fact that the Fabulous Thunder hailed from Florida, and that this record came out in 1966, I haven’t been able to turn anything up (other than the volume).
It may not be gut-crunching, fuzzed out punk, but as we’ve learned in this space before, not everything that came out in 1966 was.
I hope you dig it, and I’ll see you next week.