“In a bizarre way you have to admire Bebe Buell. She’s certainly followed her own path through life which has included stints as a model, a Playboy centerfold, a slew of high profile relationships with rock stars including David Bowie, Barry Cowsill, Elvis Costello, Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop, Todd Rungren, John Taylor, and Steven Tyler (father of her daughter Live Tyler), a talent manager, and a musician.
Hangin’ with rock stars seemingly convinced Buell she had what it took to be a musician herself. Working separately with Rick Derringer and The Cars, she made her recording debut with the 1981 four track EP “Covers Girl”. The two tracks on side ‘A’ were produced by Rick Derringer, while the flip side found Buell working with Ric Ocasek and the rest of The Cars. All four tracks reflected a distinctive new wave orientation.”
Bebe was a fine young girl with a burning desire for rock’n’roll. This is Rhino rec. EP with four cool & sexy covers of Bacharach, Tom Petty, The Nightcrawlers and especially of Iggy’s “Funtime”. Comes with Playboy pics inside! Rated R 😉
There are many extraordinary things about Ronnie Spector’s Siren album. It was conceived and produced by the legendary Genya Ravan (aka Goldie Zelcowicz) of one of the first all-girl bands, Goldie & the Gingerbreads. It has a street feel much like Ronnie Spector’s solo concerts over the years. And it has pretty much a cast of thousands. Well, if not thousands, more session people scattered over one album than Phil Spector would put on one song. It is an important piece of Ronnie’s musical legacy which bridges the gap between The Ronettes Sing Their Greatest Hits to the 1995 collection of her ’70s/’80s material on Sony, the “Dangerous” re-release on Australia’s Raven Records. One of the Ramones biggest selling albums, if not their biggest, was the one produced by Phil Spector. Genya Ravan’s choice of the Ramones song “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” is brilliant. They may have been headbangers, but they were Ronnie Spector fans.
Members of Johnny Thunders’ Heartbreakers, the Dead Boys, and Mink DeVille must have been honored to appear on this, and the musical integrity and heart is there, for sure. Here’s the classic ’60s voice which ruled on Top 40 for five hit records in 1963 and 1964 rocking out with the best of them on songs like “Settin’ the Woods on Fire” with backing by the Diamond Dupree Band, or singing to the reggae beat of the Bahama Mama Band on Roger Cook’s “Let Your Feelings Show.” This is a dynamic and diverse album with even Janis Joplin/Merrilee Rush/Troggs songwriter Chip Taylor weighing in on “Any Way That You Want Me.” If Phil Spector overproduced to good effect, Genya Ravan purposely underproduced, choosing instead to let flavors of different musicians paint the fabric behind Ronnie Spector. In her book ‘Be My Baby’ on page 248, Ronnie says “Genya was a strong producer who knew what she wanted, just like Phil.” High praise indeed! [Allmusic]
“The Brit girl emerged at the tail end of America’s Pop renaissance and on the brink of a British beat boom. Come 1964, Girl Pop was reproduced at a frightening rate and it is the driven and dedicated girl pop collectors who slaughtered the Brit girl inferiority myth and prompted reissue labels to revisit the vaults for the rare masters. This 2009. collection includes overlooked artifacts from Tracy Rogers, Claire Francis, Diane Lancaster, The Carolines, The Carrolls and others.”
Pretty solid collection of some obscure UK 60’s girl mod/pop sounds. If ya dig US girl groups sounds you gonna like this too. Check some favs ‘n’ dig!
“Is she really going out with him? “Well, there she is, Let’s ask her” “Betty, is that Jimmy’s ring you’re wearing?” “Gee, it must be great riding with him” “Is he picking you up after school today?” “By the way, where did you meet him?…”
[The Shangri-Las ”Leader Of The Pack”]
This Rhino ’87 vinyl collection is one of my favs ’cause it’s a great introduction in 60’s girl groups sounds and has such ace stuff as Shangri-Las”Leader Of The Pack”, ”Remember (Walkin’ In The Sand)” & ”Give Him A Great Big Kiss”, Dixie Cups”Chapel Of Love” & ”People Say”, Chiffons”One Fine Day”, Shirelles”Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, ”Baby It’s You”… You could hear many of these classic tunes in some fine movies as ”Goodfellas”, ”Full Metal Jacket”, ”True Romance”, The Wanderers, ”Quadrophenia” etc. Well, if you’re in romantic mood and wanna feel the real 60’s atmosphere don’t go no further… Vinyl rip by Surfadelic. ”When I say I’m in love, you best believe I’m in love, L-U-V!” Dig!!!
”Well, what color are his eyes? I don’t know, he’s always wearing shades Is he tall? Well, I’ve got to look up Yeah? well I hear he’s bad Hmm, he’s good-bad, but he’s not evil Tell me more, tell me more”
“THE BANANA SPLITS” and “THE BEAGLES” were both 1960s’ TV icons,which established their history in Saturday Morning TV.”
”The Beagles were a pair of animated canines known as Stringer and Tubby (Stringer was the tall one playing the guitar, Tubby handled acoustic bass). Together with their manager Scotty, each episode would find the pair bungle their way through some comedic scenario which saw them learn a valuable lesson along the way which would then be encapsulated in a song.
Released on Columbia’s budget Harmony label, 1967’s “Here Come the Beagles” may have been marketed as a kids album, but offered up a great mixture of Beatlesque pop, folk-rock and even more radio-friendly bubblegum sounds. Credited to W. Buck Biggers, Treadwell Covington, J. Harris and Chet Stovers (Biggers and Stovers were apparently responsible for writing the cartoon scripts), material such as the title track ‘Looking For the Beagles’, ‘Sharing Wishes’ and ‘I’d Join The Foreign Legion’ offered up an irresistible blend of strong melodies and great harmony vocals (love to know who these guys were) which should have stormed up the charts. While virtually any of the ten tracks would have made a dandy single, personal favorites included the organ powered ‘Indian Love Dance’ and the rockin’ ‘Humpty Dumpty’.”
”The core of this 31-song disc is the entirety of the group’s sole ’68 album, We’re the Banana Splits. For all its good-natured, well-produced late-’60s pop, it is too sweet and happy in one dose, like having a banana split for appetizer, lunch, and dessert. Still, those songs do include the well-remembered hit “The Tra La La Song,” plus some surprisingly raving garage- soul-pop with “I’m Gonna Find a Cave” and the Wilson Pickett-like “Doin’ the Banana.” The more bubblegummy happy-go-lucky numbers and ballads are harder to bear, but obviously the session cats playing on these tried harder than they had to, putting sitar on the lightly psychedelic “In New Orleans” and Baroque harpsichord on the uncharacteristically moody “Wait Til Tomorrow.” The CD also adds eight non-LP bonus tracks, including more typically bouncy lightweight kiddie pop/rock and a boisterous alternate version of “The Tra La La Song,” but also the rather fetching ballad “Pretty Painted Carousel,” which sounds a bit like early Peter & Gordon. Actually the best part of the package, though, are the ten tracks from the rare 1967 LP by fellow kiddie TV group the Beagles, who are actually not bad mid-’60s pop/rockers with a Beatles-Merseybeat influence to the songs and harmonies, though the production bears strong American soul and pop influences.” [allmusic]
Garage pop rock for 60s kids and others. Brought to you by the kind request, Dig!!!
Auckland’s 60’s garage/pop band very popular in Australia and New Zealand where they scored several nationally charting singles. They were heavily influenced by ‘British Invasion’ groups as Small Faces, The Who, Yardbirds, Animals, Creation… They issued an album [unfortunately not so hot] ”A Study In Black” in ’67 and a bunch of singles.
Larry’s Rebels were somethin’ like ‘NZ Paul Revere and the Raiders’ [even covered their song ”Mo’reen”], merging pop tunes with ‘hard edge’ freakbeat/garage sound. Most of their stuff are covers but pretty cool as energetic renditions of ”Painter Man” [The Creation], ”What’cha Gonna Do About It” [Small Faces], ”I’ll Make You Happy” [The Easybeats], ”Inside Looking Out” [The Animals], ”It’s Not True” [The Who], great Yardbirds influenced cover of J.Burnette ”Train kept a rollin’” called ”Flying Scotsman” and hit single ”I Feel Good” [Allen Toussaint/Benny Spellman]. Also there are some fine originals as mod mover ”Shakin’ Up Some Soul”, freakbeat groovers ”Coloured Flowers” and ”Passing You By” [as The Rebels, without Larry].
This here is a vinyl rip of fine Australian ’83 collection of their singles from 1965-1969. Everything you ever need from Larry’s Rebels. Feel Good… Dig !!!
”David Marks is best known as one of the founding members of the Beach Boys, remaining with them from February 1962 to October 1963. He played rhythm guitar and sang back-up vocals on the band’s first four albums (Surfin’ Safari, Surfin’ USA, Surfer Girl and Little Deuce Coupe) and in over 100 concerts, touring the United States, from Hawaii to New York, and appearing on their first string of national TV appearances. While his time in the band may have been relatively short, Marks contribution to the band’s seminal sound is significant.
David went on to record solo material with his band, the Marksmen, on both A&M and Warner Brothers records. Additionally, two of his Thousand Oaks psych pop bands, the Moon and the Colours, still enjoy a large cult following among the era’s collectors and music aficionados.”
Ok surfers, this here is a fine collection of ”ex Beach Boy” David Marks ’63-’65 recordings with The Marksmen. You could hear surf instros ”The Sheriff Of Noddingham” and ”Travellin‘‘ on Lost Legends Of The Surf Guitar Vol.2 or hot rod ”Kustom Kar Show”, cover of ”Let’s Dance”, but most stuff is pretty rare and Unreleased. You gotta deal with mix of surf, beat and pop tunes, hybrid of South Bay Surf and early British Invasion influences like cool tunes ”I Wanna Cry’‘ or ”Don’t Cry For Me”. Well, don’t cry but… Dig !!!
“The Hondells were a west coast surf/hot rod band in the early 60’s that had songs on the Billboard Hot 100 and appeared in several movies like “Beach Blanket Bingo” and “Beach Party”.
The band toured throughout the United States with the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars and played with a USO tour in Vietnam. They released several albums and singles on the Mercury label under the name of The Hondells. The main members of the band also played on and released songs as “The Weird-Oh’s” and “The Super Stocks”.
The band members were Richard “Ritchie” Burns, Wayne Edwards, Randy Thomas, Dennis McCarthy, Al Ferguson, Les Weiser and “King of The Fuzz” Davie Allan. Most of their material was produced by Gary Usher.”
Ugh! It’s gonna be a bit of overkill but for you ‘hard core’ fans of surf & hot rod Hondells style it’s never enough. I’ve already posted their classic ’64/’65 slabs [several times] and an collection, but these 4cd’s cover everything The Hondells crew recorded in the 60’s. Here you got albums, singles, alternate versions, commercials, rarities, their recordings as THE SUNSETS, THE FOUR SPEEDS, THE COMPETITORS, THE GHOULS [lp posted on old blog], THE SUPER STOCKS, THE GO-GO’S , with LLOYD THAXTON and GARY USHER. Everything you wanna know about your favorite Honda bikers is here, so c’mon… You’re Gonna Ride With The Hondells !!!
Real nice 3Cd complete of all Booby’s Mustang recordings with cool booklet story and pics. CD 1 & 2 contains both 65/66 studio albums with bunch of unreleased stuff and great sound [essential 40 trax!], while CD 3 has “Live at PJ’s”. This is my final post in Bobby Fuller series so you better look out !!!
Here’s Bobby Fuller hit album and one of the real classic rock’n’roll lp’s from 60’s. Almost all tunes are garage pop/rock winners, produced by legendary Bob Keane from surfin’ Del-Fi Records. Ripped from heavy Mustang Vinyl in Surfadelic Ultra Binaural Sound by Mr.Eliminator himself, this slab’s a must, don’t miss it. C’mon let’s rock’n’roll with The Bobby Fuller 4 !!!