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Sammy Carlson / Cavestomp 2000 / Domenic Priore / Cub Koda / reissues / Something Weird Video / The Albuquerque Journal
*Sammy Carlson of the Regents (http://www.theregents.com) sent me an email detailing the story of a fire that recently burned down the historic Evergreen Ballroom. The 68-year-old Pacific Northwest institution featured many of the area's finest garage bands throughout the '60's, including the Regents (of course), the Kingsmen, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Don & the Good Times, and the Galaxies...as well as lesser known acts such as the Gatormen, Triumphs, Gestures, Bootmen, Statics, Nomads, and Raymarks. Check out Sammy's website for more information on the Ballroom.
*Cavestomp 2000 will be held the weekend of November 3rd, 4th, and 5th at the Westbeth Theatre Center in New York City. Acts scheduled to appear include Richard & The Young Lions, the Troggs, and the Gants.
*Domenic Priore has completed a new book about the Sunset Strip. Titled RIOT ON SUNSET STRIP: ROCK 'N' ROLL'S LAST STAND IN HOLLYWOOD, the book is "primarily about 1965/1966, though the first chapter is really about how the Sunset Strip became a creative center from the '30s through to the early, pre-Byrds '60s. The rest of the book covers '65 - '66, and a bit into early '67 (a lot of music that was being played in the clubs was released in '67, after the club scene was over, so the record releases are stretched beyond the last good year, 1966)." Hopefully, the book will be published soon, although there is no current target date for release.
*Cub Koda, who was in the '60s teen garage band the Del-Tinos (though he was best known for being the lead singer/songwriter for Brownsville Station), passed away in early July. Cub also penned a monthly column in GOLDMINE that regularly featured very positive reviews of obscure '60's garage band reissues, and left behind some very interesting music as his legacy. R.I.P. Cub...
*Recent and forthcoming reissues to snatch up: Heartbeat Productions has finally released the Sanctions/Jim & The Lords pre-Electric Prunes recordings on CD and vinyl. The recordings date from '65, and include mostly cover versions, though an early version of the Prunes' "Little (Li'l) Olive" is included. I've so far had difficulty locating a copy. For more info, visit http://www.heartbeat-productions.co.uk. I stumbled upon a two-for-one CD titled "Grand Funk Railroad: Psychedelic Knights," featuring the first two albums by Michigan's pre-Funk Terry Knight & The Pack. This one was released by Groovy Master, Inc. Although the standard "any duplication of this recording...blah blah blah" is clearly labeled on the disc, it is very obviously mastered from a vinyl source, with pops and hisses very prevalent throughout; "Cruisin' AKA Daybreakers" is a limited CD release (200 copies) of Iowa's Daybreakers, best known for their '67 track "Psychedelic Siren." Though I have yet to receive my copy, the disc reportedly also includes the flip "Afterthoughts," as well as a handful of demos from the same period. Rounding out the CD are newer recordings by Cruisin'. Both bands feature(d) bestselling mystery writer, Max Allan Collins. For more info, visit http://www.maxallancollins.com, and link to the FOMAC (Friends of Max Allan Collins) page; GearFab promises "Psychedelic Crown Jewels Volume Three" for release in September. Included will be never-before-released or compiled tunes from '65-'67, with photos and bios of each band. If it's as strong as "Volume Two" was...this will be a must buy. Visit: http://www.swiftsite.com/gearfab.com; New-must-have CD reissues I've seen advertised, but not yet verified, include the Merry-Go-Round album; a two-on-one Cryan' Shames collection; Tobacco-A-Go-Go, a collection of '60s garage/psych bands from North Carolina; and the '68 album by the Peppermint Trolley. More on these as they are confirmed.
*According to VIDEO WATCHDOG magazine, Something Weird Video will release on DVD a double feature of H.G. Lewis's classic exploitation flicks, "Just for The Hell of It" and "Blast Off Girls" in 2001. " Just for The Hell of It" features Miami's New York Public Square (the band, not the building, as the credits read!) performing live at the Ale House. In my opinion, this is possibly the single greatest '60s garage band scene in cinematic history. "Blast Off Girls" is, of course, required viewing for anybody reading this column. A fictional account of a '60s garage band dealing with their "one hit wonder" status, the flick features appearances by real garage bands Charlie and Faded Blue. This one belongs in the AFI's "100 Greatest Films" list, damn it! Something Weird is reknown for filling out their DVDs with rarely seen extras, so who knows what else might be included in this package.
*Ken Rodriquez of The Albuquerque Journal (largest newspaper in New Mexico) recently interviewed The Lance Monthly's very own Dick Stewart for a giant-size feature on Lance Records, the Knights, and Lance recording star, Jason Stewart. The write-up will be the cover story for the newspaper's entertainment section, so be on the lookout for hopefully the full story on Lance Records, home of the Knights, Fe-Fi-Four-Plus Two, the Kreeg, the Lincoln Street Exit, and other great '60s garage bands.
Special Thanks to Sammy Carlson, Dominic Priore, and Simon Edwards of Heartbeat Productions.
By Mike Dugo - (Lance Monthly staff writer - U.S. '60s Garage Band Columnist - article first printed in "The Lance Monthly" August 2000 issue, Vol 2, No. 6)
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