MYSTERY ACTION (Boss Martians) – Here’s To Another Year [2000]

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“Seattle’s Evan Foster just keeps getting BETTER as he goes. 5 BOSS MARTIANS albums down (with another on the way) and he finds time to start a 2nd band dedicated to the late 60’s to supplement all that early-60’s surf & hot rod stuff. WOW! I played this almost NON-STOP for a month after getting it! Hard-driving 60s-style ROCK & ROLL with tons of Hammond Organ work and even some horn sections tossed in for good measure make this an exciting package. And your eyes will be knocked out by the HOT electric PINK they used in the packaging. Anyone who digs Philly’s MONDO TOPLESS absolutely NEEDS a copy of this! A fab cover of the Sam Cooke song “Shake” rounds out a collection of powerful originals. DON’T wait! Get it NOW!”

Hey Hey! Yeah Yeah! A REAL COOL  but overlooked transition album for Boss Martians. Here they try new, harder rockin’ sound [which was later fully developed on ”Making The  Rounds” and ”The Set-Up”] influenced by 60’s Mod of Small Faces and 70’s power pop/punk sound of Elvis Costello, Cheap Trick, Ramones and MC5. Great stuff: Conspiracy, Trade Publication, He’ll Be Around [later re-recorded for ”The Set-Up”], Shake, Ten Years Time, Some Kids Will Riot, I Believe… Dig!!!

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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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THE EVENT – This is The Event [1989]

80’s Garage/Mod Revival crew from SanDiego,California. This is their sole LP on Voxx rec. were they recreate the 60’s mod sounds of UK groups like The Action, Creation, Birds, Small Faces Or The Who. Among solid original tunes, here you got covers of JaggedTimeLapse[John‘s Children], Things SheSays [The In Crowd] and That’s AllThat INeed YouFor [TheBirds]. For you Modsters out there, Enjoy!
VOXX It’s What’s Happening!

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THE DAGGERMEN – Dagger In My Mind [1986]

“12 tracks of 2 minute garage rock released on the Prisoners label.  In fact the band were almost a baby version of the Prisoners minus the organ as you had James Taylor’s younger brother David on guitar and drummer Wolf Howard (later of the JTQ, Prime Movers etc).  What you have hear is raw, enthusiastic, melodic garage rock which is surprisingly listenable.  The album has never been reissued in any way and this original vinyl pressing is now much sought after. The band released very little other material – one single (“One More Letter”) and a couple of compilation album appearances (“Now It’s You I Need” on a Countdown mod compilation and a cover of the Who’s “Ivor” on a Hangman garage compilation).
Billy Childish and the Buff Medways released a 3 track Daggermen tribute EP in 2001.  And the Buff Medways featured a certain Wolf Howard on drums!” 
[RYM review]
COOL & RARElegendary 80’s Medway scene Garage/Mod Revival gang sole Lp on the Own Up Label. Yeah sure, there are close connections with The Prisoners, Mighty Caesars, Milkshakes and stuff so ya know whatyou couldexpect. Fast & Raw Garage Ramalama Fest, Dig!!!
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JARVIS HUMBY – Assume The Position It’s… [2003/7]

Try as we might, no one here can think of a name more British sounding than Jarvis Humby. He clearly must be the king of mod-swingers, this Humby character. What you say? Jarvis Humby is actually four blokes? Well then, they’ve set themselves up to quite a task with a name like that. They even put images of Keith Richards, the Who, the Beatles and a friggin’ Union Jack on their album cover.
Fortunately, these Humby boys deliver everything they promise. Pure liquid adrenalin R&B, complete with fuzzed guitars, white-boy blues vocals and an omnipresent Hammond that coats everything with a 1964 flavor. “99 Steps to the Sun” could be the official follow-up to ? & the Mysterians'”96 Tears,” but they don’t leave it at that. Opener “We Say Yeah!” is excellent if typical garage rock until the closing holler of “Yeah, yeah yeah” that you can imagine soundtracking the toga party scene in Animal House (originally filled by Lloyd Williams'”Shout”). “These Eyes” sounds like R.E.M. sounding like the Byrds, with it’s antique 12-string tumble and “The 4th Man” is pure spy show/surf guitar goodness. Coming complete with white pants and Fender reverb, Jarvis Humby will make you want to grow your bangs, pop a couple of pep pills and head on down to Brighton to dance around and fight with the rockers. Vintage! [Joshua Glazer]

REAL COOL! UK Garage/Mod revival crew sole lp in the style of another legendary Brit gang THE PRISONERS. Little Steven likes ’em, Austin Powers likes ’em, Mr.Eliminator likes ’em… Check ’em out!

“A bunch of white guys trying to play black rhythm and blues and failing miserably. Thank God!”
[Little Steven]

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ANTHONY MEYNELL & SQUIRE – Hits From 3000 Years Ago [1981]

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While briefly retiring the Squire name, Meynell issued this album of unreleased tracks under his own name in 1981. Not surprisingly, it sounds just like Squire (in fact, this album boasts an alternate version of the Squire favorite “My Mind Goes Round in Circles”). Once again, the songs are top-notch odes to his ’60s influences. While The Singles Album is a varied collection of songs, Hits from 3000 Years Ago is a far more cohesive album. The songs are filled with an excitement and wild-eyed innocence that may not get punk enthusiasts excited, but mod fans and power pop fans will eat this up with gusto and passion. It’s sugar sweet and ballsy enough to crank up loud while cruising down Main Street on a Saturday night and not be embarrassed about. The music is timeless and more melodic than most albums released in the last 25 years (one tune here has probably more hooks than a modern power pop album). “”I Don’t Get Satisfaction”,””B-A-B-Y Baby Love,” and “To Keep Me Satisfied” are pure magic with power chords! While not Anthony Meynell’s finest work (that honor goes to the Get Smart!), this is solid from beginning to end and actually out-pop’s the excellent Singles Album! [Steve “Spaz” Schnee]

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SQUIRE – The Singles Album [1985]

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When the Jam moved up from punk upstarts to mod statesmen in 1979, the British kids turned to other mod outfits to satisfy their craving for everything well-dressed and retro. While the Chords followed in the Jam’s footsteps, the three other main contenders for the mod followed different musical paths: Secret Affair were a magical blend of punk, soul and pop with a mild dose of prog; the Lambrettas were straightforward power pop; and Squire were a mix of all of the above and more. In fact, if the mod scene hadn’t existed, Squire would have still made brilliant, timeless records, no matter what was going on around them. While only releasing one full-fledged album (Get Smart!), singer/songwriter Anthony Meynell would embrace the ’60s wholeheartedly while releasing a batch of singles that still managed to sound contemporary while exposing the many influences he wore on his sleeve.

The Singles Album, originally released in 1985, features 17 moments of inspired pop genius that will appeal to fans of mod, power pop and ’60s inspired ecstasy. Meynell and his mates created songs that could have easily topped the charts in the mid-’60s but were virtually ignored during the late ’70s and early ’80s. Making records that did not bear the stamps of modern production (synths, programmed drums, etc.) may have not helped their careers in the short run, but Squire’s releases sound so much better for it more than two decades later. While some would accuse them of being mere copyists, Squire may beg, borrow and steal from the best, but they still sound like Squire! “No Time Tomorrow” borrows heavily from the Fab Four’s “Tomorrow Never Knows” while tracks like “Don’t Cry to Me” and “I Know a Girl” reach back to their simple Merseybeat days. “My Mind Goes Round in Circles” recalls the best of the Who’s early pop epics. From the punk power of “Get Ready to Go” to the glorious Baroque pop of “Every Trick in the Book of Love,” this remains one of the most cruelly overlooked compilations from the early ’80s. [Steve “Spaz” Schnee]

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