THE UNTAMED YOUTH – Untamed Melodies / Major Chaos! [Garage/Surf Revival]

”Well, they’re dancing all over, yeah
They’re dancing everywhere I go
You know I see ’em on the tv
And I hear it on the radio…”

 

Missouri’s finest, the Untamed Youth (Deke Dickerson, MACE, Steve “Sammy” Rager, Joel Trueblood) is one of the best groups of 90’s garage/surf revival wave and my favorites next to The Boss Martians, The Bomboras, Man Or Astro-Man, Los Straitjackets etc. They play energetic & fun 60’s influenced frat rock/hot rod/surf music with loads of real cool covers, perfect for wyld beach parties. ”Untamed Melodies” is great best of collection of trax from their first three 1988-1992 Norton lps and 45’s. ”Major Chaos!” is kinda rarities compilation with unreleased songs rare 45’s and stuff from 1987. to 1998. This stuff is A MUST for all you dragsters & surfers out there. It’s almost summer here kiddies and it’s time for some untamed rockin’ beach fun! Do the wobble and the watusi, Dig!!!

 

”Gonna twist, gonna stomp with you
Do the wobble and the watusi too
Locomotion, here we come
Gonna have some kind of fun”

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THEE MIGHTY CAESARS – English Punk Rock Explosion!! [80’s Garage Punk] Vinyl Rip!

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”Thee Mighty Caesars – punk raconteur Billy Childish’s interim band between the retro-revivalism of the Milkshakes and his ultimate rock & roll expression in Thee Headcoats — were the ideal bridge between the Shakes’ stylish, loyal Merseybeat revivalism and the fully-functioning threadbare punk-rock cathartic songwriting Childish began wielding like a rusty knife once Thee Headcoats had formed. Even though the aesthetic trappings were the most ridiculous of any of Childish’s outfits (the band was pictured and, presumably, performed in togas with leaf wreathes donning their noggins) Thee Caesars allowed him a forum for making a transition between rocker and artist. English Punk Rock Explosion!, a greatest hits compilation, was the only Mighty Caesars album to capture the full scope of this rock & roll culture collision. From brutal guitar instrumentals such as “Death of a Mighty Caesar,” with it’s tribal beat and percussive guitar, to the first recording of the nihilist, venom-spewing anthem “You Make Me Die,” English Punk Rock Explosion! is an unrelenting parade of melodic-yet-raw diamonds in the rough. While this may have been Childish’s least prolific and shortest-lived band, this is a crucial document of DIY punk’s (ancient?) history. Full of all the hubris of youth and tempered by the wisdom of a jaded experience, Thee Mighty Caesars were a force with which to be reckoned.” [Chris Handyside]

 

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Issued in 1988. this lp is kinda like a “Best Of” part 1 [part 2 is ”Surely They Were The Sons Of God”]. Raw lo-fi garage punk action with Downliners Sect 60’s  r&b/garage influences. Vinyl rip by Surfadelic. Et tu, Brute? Dig!!!

 

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THE MILKSHAKES – 20 Rock & Roll Hits Of The 50’s & 60’s [1984. Garage/Beat] Vinyl Rip!

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For goodness sake, I got the hippy hippy shakes…

 

”On 20 Rock & Roll Hits of the 50s & 60s, Thee Milkshakes attempt to inject new life into some old chestnuts and succeed, to a point. Billy Childish and Mickey Hampshire both shred things up vocally and their guitars growl and sting in all the right places, while the lo-fi recording gives the set an authentic feel full of vim and vigor. Their choice of songs to cover is both happily inspired (the Shirelles’ “Boys,” Link Wray’s “Comanche,” Eddie Cochran’s “Something Else,” Chan Romero’s “Hippy Hippy Shake”) and sadly pedestrian (Chuck Berry’s “Carol,” and “Sweet Little Sixteen,” Barrett Strong’s “Money,” Little Richard’s “Rip It Up”).” [allmusic]

When in the mood for some wyld garage beat action I pick this among 100’s of Billy Childish slabs. This is one of my favorite all-covers lps and my fav Milkshakes album too. It brings back memories on those early Hamburg days of The Beatles wyld R’n’R rumble. Vinyl rip by Surfadelic. For goodness sake, Dig!!!

 

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THE MISSING SOULS !!!

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Great garage/mod revival band from Lyon, France. These guys’n gal really dig 60’s garage the right way. On their 2016. debut slab and singles all songs are covers of tunes from Pebbles/Back From The Grave/Girls In Garage kinda comps, done in a real cool and refreshing style & sound. They are one of the best garage revival gang I heard lately. They’re FABULOUS, believe you me! Soon I’ll post collection of 60’s originals they covered, until then Check ’em out!

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FLAMIN’ GROOVIES – Now [1978/2005 DBK]

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”While it took a long and torturous five years for the Flamin’ Groovies to find their way back to an American record deal with Shake Some Action, a year and a half later the band had a follow-up ready, and while 1978’s Flamin’ Groovies Now isn’t quite as cohesive as the album that preceded it, in many respects the band sounds at once tighter and more relaxed, with some time on the road firming up the rhythm section while giving the songs a bit more room to swing (which wasn’t one of the strong suits of the British Invasion bands that provided their aural template). The band lost guitarist James Ferrell during the post-Shake Some Action tour, but former Charlatans picker Mike Wilhelm proved to be a more than simpatico replacement on these sessions, and while leader Cyril Jordan didn’t come up with another new song as transcendent as “Shake Some Action,” “All I Wanted” comes pretty close. But it’s significant that most of the songs on Flamin’ Groovies Now are covers, and while all of them are played with love, enthusiasm, and the right period flair (especially the Beatles’ “There’s a Place,” Paul Revere & the Raiders’ “Ups and Downs,” and “Move It,” an early U.K. hit for Cliff Richard), they give the album a feeling of being padded, and just because covering the Rolling Stones rarity “Blue Turns to Grey” was a good idea didn’t mean the Flamin’ Groovies had any business tackling “Paint It Black.” All in all, Flamin’ Groovies Now is a terrific-sounding record that captures a fine band when it was in great form.” [Mark Deming]

 

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”After their power pop masterpiece Shake Some Action (1976), the Groovies did actually release two equally great albums, Now (1978) and Jumpin’ in the Night (1979) both in the same winning style as Action: Brit invasion, early rock’n’roll and Byrds jangle, done with enough attitude to compete with current punk scene.”

”This 1978 Sire album, produced by Dave Edmunds, put the Groovies back on the map as the band won fervent praise on both sides of the Atlantic. They apply their fiery British Invasion-inspired sound to the Rolling Stones’ Paint It Black ; the Byrds’ Feel a Whole Lot Better ; the Beatles’ There’s a Place , and a bunch of original tunes.”

 

UK version of Lp with different tracks listing

UK version with different tracks listing

 

As you probably know, there are different versions of this Lp but don’t worry, everything’s here. 15 trax with some personal favs: Between the Lines, Take Me Back, Good Laugh Mun, Yeah My Baby, All I Wanted. Now… Dig!!!

 

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UNITED STATES OF EXISTENCE [80s Garage/Psych Revival]

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”Psych ’80’s band from Baltimore, MD. collection looks to be the band’s only-ever released effort ‘Introducing’ with a handful of extra tracks tagged on. Tunes that I got the most out of were “Makin’ My Scene” (should’ve been a major hit), “Bad Roads At Midnight”, the well-played “Welcome Tomorrow, “Goodbye Today”, “Volunteer Fireman”, “In Classic Play” and a couple of tracks that remind me of The Seeds “Shadows Of Rainbows” and “Return To The Psychedelic”. Couldn’t help but to notice that this CD has a must-experience psych / pop feel to it. Should draw in fans of the Left Banke, John’s Children, Chesterfield Kings, Marshmallow Overcoat and possibly Plasticland. An off-the-radar band that’s definitely, worth checking out.”

”Collection of the titles they wrote from 78 to 87, including the Bam Caruso LP, wich was already a collection, and the sampler titles from ”Battle of the garage”, ”Rebel kind” and ”Dimensions of sound”. Plus an unreleased title and an unreleased track by the progressive band they tried to be before they made their coming out.
The sound is great, unique, a little reminiscing of Plasticland who had the same obsessions: 6O’s psychedelia and krautrock.”

”Amazing vintage psyche pop vibe with this album. Turn on the lava lamp and sit back. Non-stop cool.”

You can hear all the cool 60’s garage/psych vibes of The Seeds, Electric Prunes, Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Castaways… Check ’em out!!!

 

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THE RAMBLERS – Ramblin’ Back To The Grave [1987. Killer 60’s Garage Revival !!!]

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”Oh bliss! Bliss and heaven! Oh, it was gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh. It was like a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now. As I slooshied, I knew such lovely pictures!”

Listen up folks and listen well ! This here is a garage rock revival HIT record done by a band from Orange, France and it’s their sole lp. Why they are not better known or should I ask why they are criminally unknown is beyond me. This slab rocks from start to finish with unstoppable attack of organ ‘n’ fuzz drivin’ garage beat that will have ya on yer knees beggin’ for mo’. Killer stuff all over the place with cool covers of Velvet Underground ”White Light/White Heat”, 13th Floor Elevators ”Fire Engine”, and great originals. This is top 60’s garage revival record up there with the best of genre. Don’t miss it! Let’s get ready to ramble!!!

[Special thanx to my friend Fred from France for this extreme pleasure]

 

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THE VIBES – What’s Inside [1985] + EPs (Psychobilly/Garage Revival )

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Formed in Essex, UK, this garage-billy John Peel favs managed to realese several singles and an lp in ’84/’85. This is not ”slap bass boring dickhead boom boom billy” as some of you could expect, but pretty interesting kick ass 60’s garage influenced rockabilly with it’s own kink. You can hear cool covers of some of you favorite Pebbles/Nuggets etc. garage tunes as ”No Friend Of Mine”, ”Ain’t It Hard”, ”Judgement Day”, ”Double Decker Bus”, ”Mini Skirt Blues”, ”Im In Pittsburgh (And It’s Rain’in)”… as well as fine originals with touch of early The Cramps as ”Hasil Adkins In My Head”, ”The Underestimated Man”, Footsteps” [xerox of ”Don’t eat the stuff off the sidewalk”] or great rockers as ”Inside Out (See All)”, ”Ballad Of J.D.” and garage psychedelics ”Hear Noises”, ”Loosing My Mind, ”Something Ain’t”. By 1986 they evolved into The Purple Things but that’s another chapter. Now dig this!!!

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THE SPOONS [90’s Garage Rock Revival]

 

Complete re-post of this Croatian garage rockers discography. Formed in late 80’s in Pula, they started with their own brand of 60’s garage punk rock and gained somethin’ of a cult status. Influenced by such garage acts as Lyres, Fuzztones, Dead Moon, The Stooges, The Seeds, The Sonics they just can’t do wrong. Their ‘classic’ first two albums [my favs] ’91. ”Voxin” and ’94. ”Web Of Fuzz” featured all great original tunes [unlike most of 60’s garage revival acts].

 

On ”Strychnine”, collection of unissued ’93/’94 stuff, you got cool covers of some of their favorite garage tunes originally performed by The Sonics, Moving Sidewalks, Litter, Love, Human Beinz, 13th Floor Elevators etc. With new line-up they recorded their 3rd album ”Supervoxin” in ’95. The sound gets more sophisticated here but it feels as somethin’ of their previous magic and edge were lost. Anyway here you got some fine originals like You Better Run, Kicks, Solar Machine and Mysterious Way. Also, as there are few covers of 60’s garage classics like L.S.D., Strychnine and Love’s legendary instro Emotions.

 

Again reformed In 1999. they issued their final album ”Here Are The Spoons” they are back to primal garage sound of The Kinks, Pretty Things, The Wailers, with cool tunes as ”Motorvation”, ”Bell Above Us”, ”Gotta Get My Fee” and fine covers of ”Rainin’ In My Heart” and ”Dirty Robber”. ”Take The World As It Comes” is very first garage recording ’88 session issued as Lp in 2002, with the originalline-up [Brunetto Subiotto on vocals]. This is pre-debut Lp stuff, almost all covers of classic garage tunes. So now, check this stuff below, it’s a must for fans of 60’s garage revival and others. Dig!!!