60’s Surfin’ Chicks

Beach Girls

It wasn’t just guys singing about surfboards and hot rods during the surf and drag boom in the early ’60s; the girls were doing it, too, as this delightful 25-track compilation from Ace Records shows. Although nothing here was really ever more than a regional hit, these female singers and groups add a refreshing spin to a genre that puts a premium on motion and speed and expands love to include the sun, endless waves, and high-performance car engines. It adds up to a wonderful batch of rarities including Brian Wilson’s production of “Pray for Surf” by the Honeys (who included Marilyn Rovell, Wilson’s soon-to-be wife), “(Dance with The) Surfin’ Band” by Hal Blaine & the Young Cougars (drum legend Hal Blaine with the Blossoms on vocals), “Will You Love Me (Like You Did Last Summer)” by the Westwoods (Gracia Nitzsche singing an arrangement composed by her husband, Jack Nitzsche), a stomping “Drag Race Johnny” by Australia’s endearing Little Pattie, and the first ever effort by the great songwriting team of Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, “Red Corvette,” which was billed to Ellie Gee & the Jets. Each of these sides is at least historically interesting, and if some, like a rare surf song from Motown Records, “Surfer Boy” by the Supremes, are conceptually improbable, each conjures up the sound and feel of an endless summer where it isn’t just the guys in motion. [ Steve Leggett]

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THE BRISTOLS feat. FABIENNE DELSOL

“Attracted to the British music scene of the time, Fabienne moved to London in 1996, almost immediately joining the Bristols, a then studio project consisting of Liam Watson and Ed Deegan, two producer-engineers at Toerag Studios.

Fabienne had never really sung before but after Liam’s proposition for an audition and knowing that his taste in music was so perfectly matching hers, she was determined to give it a go. The first single ‘Questions I Can’t Answer’ was recorded in a couple of hours, the first vocal take being used on the record that came out the same year on a Damaged Goods 7”. The Bristols were by then willing to make the most of it and in order to play live and tour decided to form a full line up, including members of the Headcoats, Kaisers and Cee Bee Beaumont.

After two albums, a few singles and several tours of Europe, the Bristols came to an end when Fabienne was unable to find a suitable new bass player to replace the original one. Eager to carry on singing, Fabienne went solo, getting backing from various musicians but with no fixed line up.”

Whoa! Whatta post! More girl voiced rockin’ sounds in this REAL COOL 60’s influenced Garage-Pop project, Fabienne Delsol & Liam Watson’s garage supergroup featuring amongst it’s ranks Bruce Brand (Milkshakes/Headcoats) Owen Thomas (Graham Coxon Band/Cee Bee Beaumont) Parsley (The Adventures of Parsley/Dutronc/Dee Rangers).
Influenced by 60’s Garage/Freakbeat as well as Girl Groups, French Ye Ye Pop and stuff, THE BRISTOLS made perfect retro beat sounds for 21st century.
 
If you dig stuff like Delmonas ,April March or Ludella Black, well crafted 60’s garage pop rock with a bit of psychedelia, you mustn’t miss this ’cause… it’s even better. This is the best stuff I discovered lately. THIS IS A MUST!!!
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!!! THEE HEADCOATEES !!!

“Daughter Told Her Mommy, I Wanna Be A Headcoat Girl”
“Formed in 1991, in Kent, as a backing band for Billy Childish’s band The Headcoats, The Headcoatees soon began releasing material of their own. Featuring Holly Golightly, Ludella Black, Kyra LaRubia and Debbie Green, the all girl outfit were active throughout the 90’s, industriously releasing a plethora of albums and singles.”
Straight from [whose else but] the Billy Childish kitchen came thee best girl garage punk band in the world. Surfadelic is pleased to finaly give a treat to Thee Headcoatees LP discography. From their ’91. debut slab “Girlsville” to the real cool ’99 singles collection “The Sisters Of Suave”, you gotta dance, dance, dance to the raw beat of these legendary ”Headcoat” PUNK GIRLS!!!
Their sexy & funny treat of classic Headcoats tunes as well as covers of Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed, 60’s garage/freakbeat, Sonics, Shadows Of Knight, Troggs, Beatles, Ramones, Undertones, Plastic Bertrand and stuff gonna have you on yer knees.
With one of the most ridiculous 45’s titles ”We Got 7 Inches, But We Wanted Twelve!” and cover of Billy’s tune turned into all-out, full blown fellatio anthem ”Cum Into My Mouth” you know, they’re more than just another girl group. Welcome to the Girlsville!
“Treat Yourself With Respect Be A Headcoat Girl”

!!! GARAGE REBEL GIRLS !!!

“Adam and Eve, sittin’ in the woods Eve said, Man I got somethin’ real good It’s in that tree, you’ll get smart fast! Adam said ‘sure, Satan my ass I don’t see no snakes but all women are bad”
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“Half the tracks here are by genuine guitar-wielding all-girl bands, including the Debutantes from Detroit, Los Angeles quartet the Girls, Goldie & the Gingerbreads from New York, Pinky Chicks from Japan, the Honeybeats from Italy and San Francisco’s Ace Of Cups. It might seem somewhat unlikely, but the Chantels are the featured musicians on the instrumental Peruvian Wedding Song. Thanks to acknowledged classics such as He’s Gone and Maybe, it’s beyond all doubt that the girls could really sing. Who knew they could also play? It’s rather ironic that some of the most striking records to emerge from mid-60s Britain were the work of an American producer. Beat combo Colette & the Bandits’ riff-driven A Ladies Man is up there with the 45s Shel Talmy produced at the time of the Kinks and the Who. Talmy also produced Goldie & the Gingerbreads’ Please, Please, another prime example of British beat, but one recorded by an American group. Brenda Lee’s wild update of What’d I Say and Jackie DeShannon’s folk rock nugget Dream Boy were also recorded in the UK, in each case with the young Jimmy Page on guitar. He also plays on Dana Gillespie’s cult favourite You Just Gotta Know My Mind.
Some other noteworthy guys help out elsewhere: Kiwi duo the Chicks’ great version of Lee Hazlewood’s The Rebel Kind features the Mike Perjanik Group with Doug Jerebine on guitar; the Turtles back-up teenage trio the Chymes on their jangly He’s Not There Anymore; chart band the Mob play on Mousie & the Traps’ How About You; Gail Harris’ live recording of I Idolize You features the Wailers; and the Milkshakes provide the instrumentation on the Delmonas’ Peter Gunn Locomotion (the only non-60s track here, not that you’d notice). Other highlights include Jean & the Statesides’ Putty In Your Hands, which knocks spots off the Shirelles’ original and the Yardbirds’ cover, Lydia Marcelle’s new-to-CD rocker The Girl He Needs, and International Girl by the Beas, who sound like the Bangles 20 years ahead of their time.”
 “Hey I’m on my way on a journey out of this world Swirling through the vortex to the center of a girl”
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キノコホテル [KINOCO HOTEL]

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“J-league” Garage/Mod Revival four-piece all-girl rockers, fronted by the extravagant Marianne Shinonome, known for her sometimes crazy onstage antics, such as throwing condoms in to the audience, swinging a whip, and climbing atop the keyboard. Formed in Tokyo 2007, they recorded several albums of Hammond driven fuzzed-out Mod/Pop rockers. Banzai!!!
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Girls In Thee Garage

 Girls, Girls, Girls… and even more Girls!!!
I think it’s cool to start the new year with Chicks all around & everywhere. So here’s a fine comp with some “Girl Garage”, Pop and classic 60’s Girl Group sounds [’64-’67]. Some of these tunes previously have landed on classic comp series “Girls in the Garage” but who cares. The cover pic reminds me on girly version of The Music Machine, so it should be a good sign.
Anyways, if you are a lesbian or simply really dig the chicks with guits & sticks, this stuff’s fer ya. Dig!!!
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THE GOODEES – Candy Coated Goodees [1969] + Bonus Trax

The girl group’s last gasp of 1968. The Goodees enjoyed brief popularity in the late 1960s. Formed in Memphis, Tennessee, the group is best known for the minor hit “Condition Red”, a teen melodrama that bore a striking resemblance to the Shangri-Las hit “Leader of the Pack”. This here is their sole Stax slab + non Lp singles and unissued stuff. Includes cool take on The Swingin’ Medallions'”Double Shot (of My Baby’s Love)”. Sooooo Good-ees,Dig!
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