31 March, 2011

BOB MORRISON - I LOOKED IN THE MIRROR


BOB MORRISON - 'Hey! Puppet Man'/'I Looked In The Mirror' (Columbia 4-43451) Dec 1965

This is such a fantastic double sided record by Bob Morrison.
Columbia Records signed him for a run of singles and with his clean cut image I think the label were aiming him at the teener market. Perhaps both sides of this disc written and arranged by Bob Morrison took them by surprise.

'Hey! Puppet Man' is garage pop heaven with killer fuzz throughout, there's no let up and this side really rips. But, I'm in a folk-rock mood at the moment so I'm featuring the flip 'I Looked In The Mirror'.
This side is a slow paced moody folk rock tune and is a pure mystical loner trip. Bob sounds really pissed off with his lot on this one. Either way, the listener gets two sides of perfection.

A couple more singles on Columbia followed but not with the vibe of this debut. He then signed to Monument in late 1968 and began writing songs for other artists, mainly AOR.

A solo album did follow in 1971 but I've not heard it.

Columbia discography:
'Hey! Puppet Man'/'I Looked In The Mirror' (Columbia 4-43451)
'I Fall To You'/'Then Suddenly' (Columbia 4-43565)
'I'm In The Place'/'Wait' (Columbia 4-43726)
'The Work Song'/'Go Away' (Columbia 4-44009)

BOB MORRISON - I Looked In The Mirror




Billboard advert December 1965



Billboard advert January 1966

29 March, 2011

CHER - SEE SEE RIDER


CHER - 'Where Do You Go'/'See See Rider' (Liberty 66136) October 1965

In 1965 there was only one 'Queen of the Sunset Strip' and that was Cher. She famously beat The Byrds in the sales market with 'All I Really Want To Do' a few months earlier but her follow up 'Where Do You Go' slumped and didn't reach the Top 40 in England and was therefore considered a flop.

The flip side is the far superior 'See See Rider'. I've heard this song many times by numerous groups, none finer than The Animals take, but I've got huge respect for this folk rock/girl group hybrid version that really proves Cher was hip and so was Sonny Bono for that matter. He gets the arranger and producer credit and he creates a real turned on Phil Spectoresque wall of sound.

'See See Rider' was recorded at Gold Star Studios, Hollywood with the best sessionmen from Los Angeles. Certainly no expense spared on this one.

CHER - See See Rider

28 March, 2011

THE HUMAN BEINGZ - SPIDER MAN


THE HUMAN BEINGZ - 'Hey Joe'/''Spider Man' (Elysian Records 820F-3376) 1966

The Human Beingz hailed from Youngstown, Ohio and hit the big time with a version of 'Nobody But Me'. Now that song quite rightly gets it's acclaim and came to my attention via Lenny Kaye's Nuggets LP in the early 80s.

But what did the group have to offer before their hit record? Well, they released a couple of well received 45s on local labels and in 1966 came up with 'Spider Man', a terrific folk jangler written by T.J. Voithofer of The Counts. Absolute genius.

The other side has The Human Beingz performing the folk rock standard 'Hey Joe'.

Line-up:
Mel Pachuta (bass)
Dick Belley (lead guitar-lead vocals)
Mike Tatman (drums)
Ting Markulin (rhythm guitar)

THE HUMAN BEINGZ - Spider Man


24 March, 2011

THE MOURNING AFTER - THE BROKEN DOLL & THE RIVERSIDE GIG POSTERS FROM 1989 - 1990

Here are 3 posters I created for my old pals garage band The Mourning After. There wasn't any money to go around to pay for professional artwork and it was in an age where no-one bothered with a computer and software packages were light years away so I drew them by hand in my bedroom with an HB pencil, some felt tips, then used a tube of Pritt Stick and a packet of lettraset to add finishing touches.

I would then go down to the local photocopy emporium and pay for 100 copies. These would then be posted on pub, subway and other walls of choice location to advertise the forthcoming gig. It was all very much a punk rock ethos of DIY. 


The Broken Doll was a gloomy pub on the outskirts of Newcastle that usually put on indie bands. They had a small stage upstairs and this is where The Mourning After performed every time they played the pub.....on these occasions the 28/07/89 and 07/04/90....
Other 60s influenced groups who played The Broken Doll were The Offhooks, The Sinister Urge, The Thanes, The BeatPack and Dead Flowers.

The Tripmakers were a French band that came over for a few gigs. I'm sure they supported The Mourning After in Edinburgh a few days earlier.

The poster/flyer was inspired by a Pebbles cover of course and the wording 'Love Special Delivery' (abbreviation LSD) was knicked from the song recorded by 60s garage band The Fire Escape.

The Riverside was a much bigger venue that attracted professional bands, usually those that had just signed to a record label or were very much part of the 80s underground. The Fuzztones gig poster 29/05/90 gave me the opportunity to plagiarize lyrics from The Standells song 'Riot On Sunset Strip' with 'Long hair seems to be the main attraction' and 'They're causing a riot'.... it was probably lost on everyone who saw it.

Those days my a.k.a. was conception or opulent conception. (not EXPO67)  




RICHARD AND THE YOUNG LIONS - YOU CAN MAKE IT


RICHARD AND THE YOUNG LIONS - 'You Can Make It'/'To Have And To Hold' (Philips 40438) February 1967

The third and final Richard and the Young Lions single was the garage classic 'You Can Make It' which again kept to their usual sound of pounding drums and fuzz action. Sadly though the record stayed well clear of any decent chart position and the group were dropped by Philips, never to be heard of again.

I first heard 'You Can Make It' on the all time classic 80s garage compilation 'What A Way To Die' and when I started collecting original 60s garage and psych singles this killer slab of wax was high on my wants list.

line-up:
Richard Tepp
Fred Randall
Lou Vlahakes
The Twig
Bob Freedman

RICHARD AND THE YOUNG LIONS - You Can Make It


Richard and the Young Lions get a mention as a 'Twin Premiere' - Cleveland - Ohio - WKYC 1967-03-10


23 March, 2011

RICHARD AND THE YOUNG LIONS - NASTY


RICHARD AND THE YOUNG LIONS - 'Nasty'/'Lost And Found' (Philips 40414) December 1966

The follow-up to 'Open Up Your Door' proved to be a frustrating flop. I'm surprised 'Nasty' didn't fare better because it's another winner with it's garage fuzz power bombs and Richard Tepp's Jaggerisms. This could almost be The Rolling Stones in truth.

Both sides were written by the same songwriting team as before, this time around the flip 'Lost And Found' is a gentle ballad with commercial appeal.

RICHARD AND THE YOUNG LIONS - Nasty

22 March, 2011

RICHARD AND THE YOUNG LIONS - OPEN UP YOUR DOOR


RICHARD AND THE YOUNG LIONS - 'Open Up Your Door'/'Once Upon Your Smile' (Philips 40381) July 1966

The trilogy of Richard and the Young Lions singles began with this pounding garage slab of teen spirit made even more memorable due to the abundance of loud fuzz bass and the distinctive sound of an African hair drum that gives the tune a memorable pulsating drive.

The group hailed from Newark, New Jersey and were led by the tall and skinny Richard Tepp who appears to have been obsessed by Mick Jagger. He borrows Mick's vocal delivery to great effect here and I've seen the clip of Richard and the Young Lions performing 'Open Up Your Door' on TV Show Swingin' Time (aired September 1966) and he's pinched some of Mick's stage moves.

The flip 'Once Upon Your Smile' is slow paced moodiness with some brass and organ. Both songs were written by songwriters Larry Brown and Raymond Bloodworth who were recording artists in their own right and released records as The Distant Cousins.

The record sold well, some copies coming housed in a picture sleeve.

RICHARD AND THE YOUNG LIONS - Open Up Your Door





Cleveland - Ohio - WKYC 1966-11-04 - Richard and the Young Lions hit the #1 spot
 

21 March, 2011

THE WHO & THE LORDS BACKSTAGE AT FRIEDERICH-EBERT HALLE IN LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY 1967

On the 12th of April 1967, The Who played a notorious gig at the Friederich-Ebert Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany that ended in a riot when the crowd started throwing chairs onto the stage in protest at heavy handed security guards...

The Who were in the middle of a short tour of Germany to promote their new single 'Pictures Of Lily'. Also on the bill were German beat group The Lords, and London modsters The Action and John's Children. These pictures were taken backstage by Chrissie Grambitter.  








19 March, 2011

THE REMAINS - SAY YOU'RE SORRY


THE REMAINS - 'Say You're Sorry' (Epic EP 9068) Spanish EP 1967

Unless certain records fall out of the clouds and into my hands I'll never own them. Take this four track EP by the legendary Remains that got a release in Spain. Over the years this record has become the holy grail for Remains collectors probably for the great looking picture sleeve that houses the black gold.

This was up for sale on Ebay this week for a wallet bursting $1300. It didn't sell, but one look at previous auctions sales of this EP suggests that the price wanted by the dealer wasn't that far off the mark. The record usually goes for approx $1200 on the rare occasions that it's offered for sale.

The music of course needs no introduction but my highlighted song 'Say You're Sorry' is one of The Remains more obscure recordings created in the studio on August 9th, 1966 in New York City.

THE REMAINS - Say You're Sorry


18 March, 2011

CHIPS & CO - LET THE WIND BLOW


CHIPS & CO - 'Marbletown'/'Let The Wind Blow' (M5 192) 1965

Not a great deal is known about Chips & Co so I'm hoping this post will prompt some information. The group were thought to come from upstate New York (FA&F) but it has also been suggested that they were from Connecticut. I found a small advert in a 1966 print of Billboard announcing the release of their second 45 on ABC 'You're You' confirming the group originated from Jersey.

'Marbletown' is a driving rocker with a strong beat but I prefer the flip 'Let The Wind Blow'...listen out for a throbbing rhythm with trashy surf guitar and an uptempo Bo Diddley beat. Cool indeed.




16 March, 2011

FLOWER BOMB SONGS - 4 YEARS OLD


I started my music blog 4 years ago to write about obscure and forgotten garage, psychedelic and punk records with the emphasis on the glorious 45. At that time virtually every music blog I landed on was posting full music files of albums and CDs with artwork.

I said to myself 'What the fuck is that all about?' and to this day I will not associate or link my blog with those shoddy types despite numerous requests.
I also decided to keep the same colour combinations and lay-out from the start. I'm a perfectionist and put demands on myself to only post high res pics of labels and photos. I only write about records If I've got an original copy (or decent quality re-issue) and never upload MP3s from a CD. They're always mastered by me from a vinyl record.
I always wanted to name my site after a Byrds song because The Byrds have always been and will always remain my favourite ever group.
At first my blog was called 'Renaissance Fair' but I discovered that a psych dealer set up a site 2 years ago and called it...well you guessed it....so I decided to change the name of my blog to 'Flower Bomb Songs'...

Most Byrdmaniacs will know that David Crosby wrote a song in 1967 called 'Flower Bomb Song' but The Byrds refused to record it as did The Jefferson Airplane when he offered it to them. They recorded his song 'Triad' instead! All attempts to locate the demo of 'Flower Bomb Song' have failed and it's now unlikely to be found.

The greatest thing about my blog is the fact that musicians have contacted me because I've written about their group or one off garage 45 from the mid 60s. Over the years I've had great pleasure in conducting email interviews with many cool people who provided me with excelent information, unseen photographs from their archives and unheard music.
I'm currently helping Wolfgang at Break-A-Way-Records and hope that The Roosters have their music compiled and released. Tim Ward wrote so many amazing folk janglers...some unreleased songs have never been heard since 1966.

Anyway here's my roll of honour of groups and performers who provided this site with important information over the years: Take a bow chaps!!

A LITTLE BIT OF SOUND - ADRIAN PRIDE - AVENGERS - BEEDS - BELLTOWERS - BOYS FROM NEW YORK CITY - BRAD LONG - CALLIOPE - CAT'S MEOW - CELLAR DWELLARS - CINDERMEN - COUNTRY GENTLEMEN - GRASSFIRE - HANGMEN - HARBINGER COMPLEX - HEADLESS HORSEMEN - JAGGED EDGE - JUST LUV - LES GYPSYS - LOOS FOOS AND THE FIBRE GLASS CORNFLAKE - LOVE EXCHANGE - LYN LA SALLE - LYRICS - MC SQUARED - MOORPARK INTERSECTION - PAUL MESSIS - PROJECTILES - RANDY AND THE RADIANTS - RHYTHMLADS - ROGUES - ROOSTERS - ROYAL NONESUCH - SOUND EXPLOSION - UNHEARD - UNITED TRAVEL SERVICE - YANKEE DOLLAR

GENE CLARK - THE FRENCH GIRL


GENE CLARK - 'Only Colombe'/'The French Girl' (Sundazed 192) rec April 1967

Yesterday's posting of 'The French Girl' by The Daily Flash got me thinking about the very obscure take that Gene Clark recorded in April 1967. His version was slated as the B-side of 'Only Colombe' for a single release to maintain his profile after the disappointing reception of the studio album 'Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers'.

Unfortunately, the single was cancelled and Gene Clark left Columbia Records. The recordings were produced by Gary Usher and arranged by the legendary Curt Boettcher with vocal support by his group The Ballroom. The same collection of musicians worked with Tommy Roe when he recorded 'Moon Talk', reviewed previously on my site.

Both songs would remain unheard until 1991 when a posthumous CD collection of Gene's work was released shortly after he died at the age of 46. Those fine folks at Sundazed released this excellent retrospective 45 in 2008 using the mono mixes.

GENE CLARK - The French Girl


15 March, 2011

THE DAILY FLASH - THE FRENCH GIRL


THE DAILY FLASH - 'The French Girl'/'Green Rocky Road' (UNI 55001) January 1967

Back in the 60s Seattle was the centre of a regional rock scene and perhaps The Daily Flash were one group from that scene who had the talent to break out nationally. The fact that they failed is a mystery.

They relocated to Los Angeles in 1966 and made a name for themselves playing numerous gigs at The Whiskey A Go Go. The group even secured performances on TV shows, Boss City and The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.

'The French Girl' was released during late January 1967 but made little impression in most areas apart from Seattle where it went Top 10. It's such a great baroque pop highlight and deserved a better fate.
Surprisingly, it's only been compiled once before, way back in 1988 on the vinyl LP Baubles collection put out by Big Beat.   

THE DAILY FLASH - The French Girl


this pic taken from here

KRLA Beat 13/08/66


this pic taken from my Daily Flash album on Psycho Records

14 March, 2011

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH - WITNESS PEOPLE


FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH - 'Liza Jane'/'Witness People' (Colgems 66-5003) April 1969

The Fountain Of Youth were a teen group from Fredericksburg, Texas who previously recorded as The Crossfires releasing the following 45:  'Who'll Be The One'/'Making Love Is Fun' (Tower 278)... They came to the attention of the Colgems label who signed them in March 1968 (there is a mention in a Billboard magazine from this time)..

Looking at the promo pic of The Fountain Of Youth it shows the teenagers to be a clean cut, square looking combo in psychedelic shirts. By the time of this single, their 4th for Colgems,  I'd be surprised if they looked as wholesome as this.

'Liza Jane' was released in April 1969 and is typical bubblegum pop of that time period. The jewel is the heavy psych flip 'Witness People'... There isn't that much information around about The Fountain Of Youth but they seemingly had a lead singing drummer!
Richard Podolor produced their Colgems singles. He also worked with psych outfit The Glass Family, The Starfires, The Standells, The Chocolate Watch Band and many more I'm sure. 

line-up:
Jimmy Panza (lead vocals & drums)
Gary Itri (bass & vocals)
Gary Jenschke (lead guitar & vocals)
Ken Molberg (rhythm guitar & vocals)

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH - Witness People


12 March, 2011

THE LEWIS & CLARKE EXPEDITION - WHY NEED THEY PRETEND?


THE LEWIS & CLARKE EXPEDITION - 'Why Need They Pretend?'/'Chain Around The Flowers' (RCA Victor 66-1022) April 1968 (German release)

The Lewis And Clarke Expedition released a handful of 45s and an album on Colgems and are long overdue some kind of retrospective CD compilation. This single from April 1968 was featured in the movie 'For Singles Only' and was not on their studio album.

'Why Need They Pretend?' is laid back acoustic pop psych with strings and flute. I really DIG this! 

Singer songwriter Travis Lewis (real name Michael Murphey) went on to have success in Country music.

THE LEWIS & CLARKE EXPEDITION - Why Need They Pretend 

German picture sleeve
 






07 March, 2011

SHARKS & ME - BUSES

 
Thanks to a tip off from Wilthomer here's Dutch group Sharks & Me with their freakbeat version of 'Buses'. It was compiled on Rubble Volume 9 s/t 'Plastic Wilderness' (Bam Caruso KIRI 079) 1991.

Here are the liner notes from that compilation:

"While we're in Amsterdam let's check out Sharks & Me , who formed in '65 and consisted of Wim de Vries (bass, vocals), Lia de Vries (vocals), Kees Meuren (drums), Lex Luft (guitar) and Dick Dickens (guitar). They made only two singles before metamorphosing into Mayflower.

Sharks & Me - Buses by EXPO67

THE HUNG JURY - BUSES


THE HUNG JURY - 'Buses'/'Let The Good Times In' (Colgems 66-1010) Oct 1967

Colgems unknowns The Hung Jury released this puzzling 45 in October 1967. Nothing much has been written about the combo and no guides list the record, so all in all they've had scant recognition. This is a shame because 'Buses' is a memorable sunshine pop tune and has that perfect summer of '67 sound with pleasing vocals and tinny organ.
'Buses' then bursts out of the sunshine and into the darkness with a twenty second thrill ride of controlled fuzz guitar. A complete and welcome surprise.

The songwriting team of Parker and Moeller wrote 'Buses'...Thomas Moeller was the keyboardist in UK beat group Unit 4+2 and they wrote most of their strongest material. The producer Chris Houston (surname more often Huston) was lead guitarist in another English group The Undertakers.

THE HUNG JURY - Buses


A full page advert in Billboard October 1967 signalled the beginnings of The Hung Jury. Colgems seemingly had more in store for them but this was their first and last release.

05 March, 2011

THE ROBBS - JOLLY MILLER


THE ROBBS - 'Jolly Miller' (Mercury LP SR 61130) Nov 1967

Third entry on my blog for The Robbs, this time around an album track called 'Jolly Miller'.
As far as I know 'Jolly Miller' is a traditional folk song but the original composer is unknown. Dee Robb gets an 'arranged and adapted' credit on the back of the LP.

The Robbs version is very experimental considering their normal songs are pleasant pop and folk rock. Their adaption is classy Byrdsian psychedelia with strange weird noises and sound effects. Bliss!!


The back cover of my Robbs LP - much better than the ill advised front. Check out The Byrds sticker on my amplifier - very apt


The Robbs in the studio 1967

GRAF ZEPPLIN - YOU'RE IN MY MIND


GRAF ZEPPLIN - 'You're In My Mind'/'Sunset' (Orlyn 8140-4588) June 1968

This group of teenagers from Oak Park, Illinois formed in late 1966 and came up with the name Graf Zepplin after seeing a 1930 postage stamp commemorating the German aircraft. Drummer Dave Green mis-spelled zeppelin on his drumkit but fortunately the group stuck with Graf Zepplin (I think it looks cooler anyway).

In March 1968 Graf Zepplin won a Battle Of The Bands out on Navy Pier, Lake Michigan, their prize being some free recording time at Recordings Unlimited Studio in Chicago.

'You're On My Mind' written by farfisa organist Bob Blumenthal would have been a moody garage number but the sound engineer added some wild sound effects from an oscillator which completely transformed the song into a classic psych mindbender.
The flip 'Sunset' is a mellow trippy folk ballad and quite charming it is too.
500 records were pressed and were given away to friends and sold at gigs. Copies are now sought after.

I don't have an original copy so I've mastered my 'garage greats' bootleg to MP3. 

Line-up:
Gary Knaus - rhythm guitar
John Armour - lead guitar & lead vocals
Bob Blumenthal - farfisa
Bill Steed - bass
Dave Green - drums

GRAF ZEPPLIN - You're In My Mind



Credits: 
label scan - Bosshoss66
Group picture and info taken from the 'zine 'Lost And Found #3'


03 March, 2011

LAVENDER HILL EXPRESS - VISIONS


LAVENDER HILL EXPRESS - 'Visions'/'Trying To Live A Life' (Sonobeat RS 102) Dec 1967

Lavender Hill Express hailed from Austin, Texas and included in their ranks Jess Yaryan and Rusty Wier who came to prominence in Austin's hottest group The Wig.

I can't think of much flower pop coming out of Texas but 'Visions' is a wonderful and elaborate sunshine groover with rich vocal harmonies and a string arrangement by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. The memorable harpsichord is played by arranger Richard Green.

The single was recorded in November 1967 and released in stereo just before Christmas.

LAVENDER HILL EXPRESS - Visions