Today’s selection comes with one of the most interesting pedigrees in all of 1960s rock and roll.
I first found my way to Bodine during my deep dive into the sounds of the Cowsills, since their one and only album was produced by Bill Cowsill (not long after his separation from his family’s group).
When I finally got my hands on a copy of Bodine’s self-titled 1969 album, I was surprised to see a couple of very familiar names in the credits, mainly Jim Lalor and Jon Keliohor, both of whom had been in Pacific Northwest folk rock pioneers The Daily Flash.
I’d had an import Daily Flash compilation in my crates since the mid 80s, and had in the ensuing years picked up both of their 45s (their sole output).
As it turns out, despite some great sounds and a ton of talent and promise, the Daily Flash had a hard time, and started to fall apart in the late 60s (lots more info here).
Doug Hastings was for a brief time a member of the Buffalo Springfield, Keliohor was involved with the Gentle Soul, and two group members were connected to Rhinoceros.
Bodine recorded its sole LP in 1969 with Cowsill at the board.
The album is quite good, touching on a host of late 60s threads, including country rock, slighty harder edged San Francisco sounds (reminding me of Kak) and even touching on funk at times.
‘Disaster’ – the album’s closing track – is a fast-moving track with some wild guitar with an anti-drug message. It’s the kind of track that would have made a great single,and might have gotten the band some well-deserved exposure.
As it stands, the band and their one album are both fairly (and unfairly) obscure, but definitely worth your time.
I hope you dig the cut and I’ll see you all next week.
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