(Sundazed reissue BR 119, 2000)
Nashville… the land-locked home of country music. Not a hotbed for surf and hotrod-influenced rock ‘n roll. And yet, Nashville produced some of the coolest surf/hotrod sounds of the ’60s in Ronny and the Daytonas.
The band was built around John Wilkin, who’s mother was Marijohn Wilkin, a successful Nashville songwriter. He wrote the first single, “G.T.O.,” while still in high school. Thru family connections he picked up a publishing deal and cut the tune with local Nashville studio musicians. The tune made it … Continue
(National General Records NG-2000, 1969)
Formed in 1969 by guitar slingers Leigh Stephens (recently from Blue Cheer) and Mick Waller (recently from the Jeff Beck Group), Silver Metre was a short-lived San Francisco rock band and this self-titled LP is their only release. The band also included bassist/keyboardist Pete Sears, who went on to play on several classic Rod Stewart albums (including Gasoline Alley and Every Picture Tells a Story) and was a member of both Jefferson Airplane and Starship. Jack Reynolds was the vocalist.
Recorded at … Continue
Magic Christian Music
(Apple ST-3364 (U.S.), 1970)
They were supposed to be the next Beatles. They had everything going for them: signed to Apple Records in 1968, the McCartney-penned tune “Come and Get It” put them on the map. They shoulda been huge.
But ’70s power pop band Badfinger was star-crossed. The relationship with Apple disintegrated as the label crumbled. A disastrous contract with Warner and an unscrupulous manager tore the band apart and led to the suicide of songwriter and front man Pete Ham in 1975 at the age … Continue
(Chrysalis Records, CHR 1207, 1978)
Cleveland, Ohio, band Pere Ubu coined the term avant-garage to describe their raw, avant-garde sound. But, what initially was a joke on music journalists, actually turned out to be a pretty appropriate description. Punk, but not punk; new wave, but not new wave; garage rock, but not garage rock; industrial, but not industrial; Pere Ubu took all these styles and twisted them into a unique, arty, dissonant sound of decay with an emphasis on paranoia, angst-filled, dark lyrics.
Released in 1978, Dub Housing… Continue
Oh, the ’70s.
Yeah, much of the later-decade disco was pretty deplorable, but early disco could be quite soulful.
George McCrae was such an artist.
Hailing from West Palm Beach, Florida, McCrae’s first group was the Jivin’ Jets in the early ’60s. The group ceased to exist in 1963 when he joined the Navy, but upon his return to civilian life, he reformed the band with the addition of his wife, Gwen. Eventually the two became a duo act, recording for Henry Stone’s Alston label. As time went on, Gwen … Continue