The record I bring you today is a long (LONG)time fave, which has appeared in mixes and the Iron Leg Radio Show over the years.
I first encountered it’s fuzzed out wonders back in the olden days of the early 80s on Boulders Vol5, along with some other groovies by the Children and the Caretakers.
‘I Cannot Stop You’ by the Cherry Slush is one of those records that kind of blew my mind from the first time I heard it, combining garage punk, pop and just enough psychedelia to flip your wig.
The Cherry Slush were a Saginaw, MI band that had released records in their previous incarnation as the Bells of Rhymny.
They had fallen in with local bigshot Dick Wagner, then of the Bossmen, later of Frost and the Alice Cooper Band, who wrote ‘I Cannot Stop You’.
The record was released in 1967 on the Coconut Groove label, and then picked up by Chicago’s USA label.
It became a big regional hit, and even made inroads on the national charts (it even got Canadian and European pressings). The Cherry Slush performed on a bunch of televised dance party shows, and toured outside of the region.
They did one more 45 for USA, but unfortunately the label tanked not long after it came out, dooming any opportunity the band had for capitalizing on the success of ‘I Cannot Stop You’.
The song has been reissued a bunch of times on bootlegs, and the legitimately on the excellent survey of USA Records put out by Sundazed.
I hope you dig the track, and I’ll see you next week.