A West Texas quartet whose Tower release came in a picture sleeve.
Compilation appearances have included: Mrs. Griffith on Mindblowing Encounters Of The Purple Kind (LP) and Psychedelic Unknowns Vol. 8 (LP & CD); and Won't See Me Down on Let's Dig 'Em Up, Vol. 2 (LP).
NB: Line-up 'B' known as Rubber Memory 2
NB: (1) reissued in 2001 on vinyl (Loopden #2P-002) with three inserts.
A super-rare album by a New Orleans garage band. Although it contains several great cuts, more than half of the album comprises uninspired fillers where primitive heavy rock (with the obligatory post-In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida drum solo) alternates with lounge sounds.
For more info on the band check out the December 2001 issue of The Lance Monthly at http://www.lancerecords.com and the band's own website at http://homepage.mac.com/therubbermemory/PhotoAlbum1.html
(Clark Faville/Stephane Rebeschini/Max Waller/Mike Dugo)
In 1972, Frank Zappa decided to renew his explorations of the '50s/early '60s music, which he had already begun with his Ruben And The Jets album in 1968. This time it was "for real" and he assembled a group to re-use the name. It's an interesting complement for Zappa fans, as Sherwood, Camarena, Duran and De Guevara all played with Zappa at various times and the two covers were designed by Cal Schenkel.
The music is really enjoyable and, if its roots are clearly in the doo-wop and rock and roll styles, the pedigrees of the musicians ensure the listener to hear some excellent guitar parts, good vocals and funny lyrics (Low Ridin Cruiser, Cruisin Down Broadway, All Nite Long).
Zappa produced and arranged the first album, Denny Randell the second.
A privately-pressed album by an Atlanta, Georgia band which is full of rather twisted, weird folk music.
Psychedelic punkers from Michigan. The above 45 is speculative, as both cuts:- Confusion and The Painter appear on Michigan Mixture, Vol. 2 (LP) and Confusion was released on a 45 by Mid-Town, and has also resurfaced on Michigan Mayhem Vol. 1 (CD) and Let 'Em Have It! Vol. 1 (CD). The track is also by far the best of the two. It comes with a rather catchy intro, a good beat and lots of fuzz.
Thought to have been based in the Tidewater, VA area - hence the inclusion of their excellent fuzzed version of A Certain Girl on Aliens, Psychos And Wild Things (CD).
(Brent Hosier/Dr.Simon Trent D.S.U./Max Waller)
NB: (1) has been reissued.
NB: (4) also issued in Spain with a picture sleeve (Exit 2-555-B) 1969.
A Louisville, Kentucky band whose early blues rocker Walking The Streets Tonight was penned by Doug Sahm. The group formed in 1965 when Steve and Jim McNicol and Chris Hubbs left The Oxfords and continued until 1970.
In 1969 they signed to Amazon and recorded an album in Nashville, which is quite good. The best tracks, King and Queen Of The World and Wendegahl The Warlock are dominated by heavy organ work and veer towards the progressive genre. Three 45s were also released on the same label, although they were all taken from the album. (Although curiously Stay With Me isn't listed on the sleeve). One of their 45s You, I is a frantic and catchy 'heavy' rock number with some raucous distorted guitar - a sorta uptempo poppy Blue Cheer (?!). It even climbed to No 24 in the Billboard charts.
After they split in 1970, Jim McNicol formed Lazarus who recorded an album (Amazon 1001) in Nashville the same year. Steve and Jim later teamed up with their younger two brothers to form, you'll never guess, the McNicol Brothers. The younger McNicol then formed a band with a younger Hubbs, called The Weads, no doubt to compete with their elders. They had one 45 on the Trump label.
Steve McNichol reformed The Rugbys around 1988 with three original members, with a good reputation for performing carbon copy covers in the Louisville area.
(Max Waller / Larry Dowell / Stephane Rebeschini)
A surprisingly obscure Michigan band considering that The End is a really superb organ-guitar led psychedelic punker with great vocals. The flip, Take My Love... was a cover of the Blues Magoos' song.
Compilation appearances include: The End on Mayhem & Psychosis, Vol. 2 (LP), Mayhem & Psychosis, Vol. 1 (CD), Glimpses, Vol's 1 & 2 (CD), Glimpses, Vol. 1 (LP) and Garage Monsters (LP); Take My Love on Follow That Munster, Vol. 2 (LP).
This was essentially an instrumental rock group from Norwalk, California, whose album is now a minor collectors' item and who charted with Boss, a surf instrumental. However the flip of this, Don't Need You No More, is a putdown song with vocals and musically and lyrically a precursor of the garage punk sound of the mid-sixties which is why I've included the band here. Check it out on Highs In The Mid Sixties, Vol. 20 (LP).
Boss has also resurfaced on Born Bad, Vol. 4. It provided the riff for The Cramps' Garbageman.
NB: (1) Shown as by Rich Clayton and The Rumbles. (3) As by The Fabulous Rumbles. (8) - (14) As by Rumbles Ltd.
From Omaha, The Rumbles were undoubtedly Nebraska's top sixties band. They started out as Rich Clayton and The Rumbles, a surfing band. Their debut release was actually a double-sided surf instrumental. By the time of their third 45 they were calling themselves The Fabulous Rumbles. Echoing Past was another instrumental. From 1969 onwards they operated under the name Rumbles Ltd. LP (3) collects all their 45s from 1964-70.
Three of their cuts:- Fourteen Years, Hey Lenora and Push Push can now be heard on the cassette compilation Monsters Of The Midwest, Vol. 1. Other compiled cuts include I'll Be Gone on Soma Records Story, Vol. 3 (LP), The Echoing Past on Soma Records Story, Vol. 2 (LP), Fourteen Years on Tymes Gone By (LP) and It's My Turn To Cry on Psychedelic Unknowns, Vol. 9 (CD).
They reformed in 1980 (line-up B) releasing a 45 and two albums.
A LA-based mid-sixties punk band. The 'A' side is very punkish, the flip more flower-folkish and very LA-sounding.
Compilation appearances include: Hold Me Now on Nuggets Box (4-CD), Pebbles Vol. 8 (CD), Boulders, Vol. 1 (LP) and Highs In The Mid Sixties Vol. 1 (LP); Without Her on Nuggets Vol. 4 (LP) and The Cicadelic 60's, Vol. 2 (LP); Hold Me Now and Without Her on The Cicadelic 60's, Vol. 8 (CD).
The Dave Clark Five's Glad All Over, by this girl-group, has resurfaced on Girls In The Garage, Vol. 4 (LP).