“Surf band from Southern California. The Lively Ones made recordings built around storming, reverb-drenched Fender guitars embellished by occasional raunchy sax breaks. Over a period of about 12 months, they ground out about five albums, filled out with many covers or retitled numbers based on rock and R&B compositions. They had a couple of hits in the L.A. area in 1963 (“Surf Rider” and “Rik-A-Tik”), but their best moment was probably “Goofy Foot,” whose staccato gunfire of riffs deservedly propelled the track onto several modern best-of-surf anthologies. They ranged far and wide for source material, giving surf treatment to “Telstar”, “Exodus”, “Rawhide”, and Cole Porter’s “Night and Day.”
“…Number one in Philadelphia
Number one in D.C.
Number one in Chicago
Number one in Detroit
Number one in Austin
Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Vancouver
We’re number one in New York City, Oklahoma City,
I said the blues is number one”
Your favorite blues punkers recorded live at legendary Dutch radio on their “Damage” 2004. tour. Twin guitar, drums & no bass raw rockin’ garage punk action with stuff like Help These Blues, Burn It Off, Cold, Cold Eyes, Grindin’, Bellbottoms, Sweet N Sour, She Said, Wail, Soul Typecast, Shakin’ Rock’n’roll Tonight, Rattling… 16 songs, 47 minutes… Sound check by Mr.Eliminator… Say… Dig!!!
PLAY THE BLUES… PUNK!
Red Hot rockabilly action recorded live at the Agoura Cleveland, March 25th 1978. Link & Robert walk through the bunch of rock’n’roll covers of classics like Mystery Train, The Way I Walk, Red Hot, My Baby Left Me, Lonesome Train, Summertime Blues, Twenty Flight Rock, Rumble… Say… Dig!!!
The Action were UK 60’s mod band that played soul-influenced pop music. You’re already familliar with their mid-60’s tunes featured on Edsel comp. ”The Ultimate Action”. This here is their mini LP issued by Dojo records in 1985. with unissued tunes from 1968. before they became Mighty Baby. From my money, these are their most superior recordings. If you like Open Mind, The Attack and stuff this is fer ya. Ace mod/pop/psych in Surfadelic <360> action sound! Dig!!!
“I’m gonna brag about it
I’m not gonna stay in school
I’m gonna rob and steal
Gonna break every rule
I’m a time bomb, baby
Another pair of my favorite Ramones slabs. “Pleasant Dreams” their 6th studio album produced by Graham Gouldman [member of 10CC, man who wrote “For Your Love”, “Heart Full Of Soul” and “Evil Hearted You” for The Yardbirds] is a 60’s influenced power pop gem with handfull of classics as ”We Want The Airwaves”, ”All’s Quiet On The Eastern Front”, ”The KKK Took My Baby Away”, ”Don’t Go”, ”You Sound Like You’re Sick”, ”She’s A Sensation”, ”7-11”, ”Sitting In My Room”… From my point of view one of their best, better than ”End Of The Centery”. On ”Subterranean Jungle” their 7th Lp, Ramones turned back to their punk rock roots and sound from “Rocket To Russia” era. Interesting is that on this album Walter Lure played most of guitars so the style on some tunes as ‘‘Somebody Like Me” or ”Time Bomb” reminds on The Heartbreakers. Album feature fine covers of ”Little Bit O’ Soul” [The Music Explosion], ”Time Has Come Today” [The Chambers Brothers] and ”I Need Your Love”[The Boyfriends], plus killer originals as “Outsider”, ”Somebody Like Me”, “Psycho Therapy”, “Time Bomb”, “Everytime I Eat Vegetables…”. Vinyl rips by Mr.Eliminator, in <360> binaural Surfadelic sound!
“Sitting in my room
Record player on
Sitting in my room
Humming a sickening tune
Sitting in my room
Something to do soon”
Chess not only reissued the 1967. compilation Chuck Berry’s Golden Decade, but also assembled this 1972. second volume, which contains another 24 Berry songs from the late 1950s to the mid-1960s on two LPs. Of course, the first album gathered the best-known and biggest hits, but there was plenty of memorable material left over, and this album contains the Top 40 hits “Carol” and “You Never Can Tell,” the chart entries “Sweet Little Rock And Roller,” “Jo Jo Gunne,” “Run Rudolph Run,” “Merry Christmas Baby,” “Let lt Rock,” “Jaguar And Thunderbird,” “Little Queenie,” and “Promised Land,” the R&B hit “No Money Down,” and such hits-for-others as “Come On” (the Rolling Stones’ first U.K. single). That’s more than enough to earn the album a “best” rating. [William Ruhlmann]
Story by Mike Ferraro:
I was a founding member of “The Irridescents in, I believe, 1962. We were just four young 15 year old teenagers who loved surf music who also happened to play guitars. We were a garage band that was formed in La Crescenta, California and we went to Hoover High School in Glendale, Ca.
The Irridescents were composed of: Hank Fouchet, Lead Guitar; Mike Ferraro, Rhythm Guitar; Collin Field, Bass; David Kimber, Drums. We performed in and around the Glendale area. While playing at a Hoover High School dance, I learned that I had mispelled the word Irridescents. I was told by an english teacher that there was only one R in the spelling and there was no plural of the word!!! Oh well….We were just a bunch of kids having fun and trying to impress the girls and maybe get a few dates!
I believe it was in 1963 we performed at the “Battle of the Bands” at the Deauville Castle Club in Santa Monica, California. Instead of playing the current hits of the day, we played some original songs and compositions that were written by our lead guitarist, Hank Fouchet. Among them were “Swamp Surfer” and a composition of “Bali Hai” that was transformed into a a “surf music” sounding piece. After our performance we were approached by a fellow whose name was Steve Reggio. He said he liked our sound and original music and would like to record us and produce an album. As “star struck” teenagers we promptly signed the contracts and a week later we were in Hollywood at the Western Recording Studio (shortly later to become the famous Western Recorder recording studio)performing our surf style original numbers and fantasizing about competing with the Beach Boys!!.
The album came out 2 weeks later. It was called “The Silver Sounds of the Surf” It was a brown velvet cover with a surfer on a board in silver. But we were completely surprised and shocked when the album was titled: Dick Dale and The Irridescents. Wow!! Dick Dale was our idol. What is this? Well, it turns out that before Dick Dale became famous in Southern California with his surf style music, he made a number of non surf music vocals that were less than notable. He evidently signed away his music rights. So this Steve Reggio realized all he needed to do was find some gullible band with original music that wanted to record and then he would put Dick Dale’s name on it….totally bogus…….How did we find out about it? Well…most of us use to go see Dick Dale perform every week at the”Harmony Park Ballroom in Anaheim. And during one of his breaks from playing he held up his new album and said: “This is my new album that is now in the record stores” Then he reached down and picked up the album that we recorded and said: “This album is also in the stores but it is a fake- don’t buy it” I can still feel the blood rushing out of my brain. We were so embarrassed. We were paranoid that he might know we were the culprits!! We just stood there on the dance floor trying to look as innocent as we could!!
Shortly thereafter, I think, but I am not completely sure, we sold our rights to our songs for a pittance and Steve Reggio then replaced The Irridescents with the name of “The Stompers” on the cover of the same album.
As I understand our single and our album are now somewhat collector items, I guess we have now achieved a degree of fame that we were seeking in 1963!!
P.S.: We understood at the time that our album sold 2,000 copies in Southern California- purchased, no doubt, by unknowing surfer types.
Re-post of rare instrumental lp credited to DD and The Stompers.
This is actually The Irridescents Lp with two vocal trax by Dick Dale. The Irridescents can be heard on “Diggin’ Out” and “Get A Board!” surf compilations. Vinyl rip by Surfadelic!
There are other Music Machine compilations available but this is still one of the best. Issued in ’84 on Rhino Records, this is an excellent comp for L.A. blackgloved 60’s punkers, comprised almost entirely of single versions, plus 4 unreleased tracks. All the tunes are powerful originals written by Sean Bonniwell and crew as killer psych/punk ”Talk Talk”, ”The People In Me”, ”Double Yellow Line”, ”The Eagle Never Hunts The Fly”, ”Mother Nature-Father Earth”, ”Love Me Again”, ”Dark White”… MM is top ten 60’s garage band and one of my alltime favorites. Vinyl rip by Surfadelic. Welome to the ‘dark world’ of The Music Machine!
Two of the most famous 80’s garage revival bands in the battle of the garages. Mono Man vs Rudi Protrudi EPs fight. ”Someone Who’ll Treat You Right Now” is Lyres 4 trax ’85 EP on New Rose records with three great originals and cool cover of The Pete Best Combo ”(I’ll Try) Anyway”. ”Bad News” is ’86 a remake of The Fuzztones debut single plus three cover trax, two of which have landed on classic ”Lysergic Emanations” album. I know ya know but anyways… Check this out!