News and Nuggets: Teddy & The Pandas / Scramarama / Vogues / Cyrkle / Akarma...
*Spurred by the announcement that the official Teddy & The Pandas website is now offering CDRs of the band's singles and lone album, Glenn Sadin posted information to the Garage66 list that caught the attention of Pandas' webmaster and historian, Bob Wallis. According to Sadin's message he had, in his possession, two acetates recorded by the Pandas that were not included on the singles CDR. The songs, "Games" and "Willie Dum Dum," were actually notated on the FUZZ, ACID & FLOWERS website discography for the Pandas, but nobody in the band could recall anything about the purported recordings. Even Teddy Dewart, whom Wallis discovered via BMI had received composer credits for both tunes, had nary a recollection of "Games," and only a slight rememernace of "Willie Dum Dum." Sadin was gracious enough to send the songs to Wallis on a CDR, and Wallis in turn sent them to Dewart. After listening to the songs, Dewart noted it was "absolutely exhilarating to hear the song remembered only in my head ('Wille Dum Dum') being played through headphones . . . and to now know, that this WAS the song that I wrote." Coincidentally (and amazingly) enough, a few days after being reacquainted with his "lost" songs, Dewart - while cleaning out his attic - located an old box of 45's. Within the box, as documented in an email from Dewart to Wallis, was "disc after disc, acetate after acetate, of Teddy & The Pandas stuff." In addition to some 45s, included were the following audio discs (which are similar to acetates):
1. "City Woman" (vocals) b/w "Spring Came Early This Year" 2. "Games" b/w "I Want To Be Loved (Tonight. For Always)" According to Dewart, "I had it here ('Games') the whole time!! [And], as with 'Willie Dum Dum,' I had until now totally forgotten this one ('I Want To Be Loved'). It's a ballad . . . but, as I remember, a pretty one." 3. "We Can't Go On This Way" done at Associated Recording Studios b/w "Games" 4. "Don't Let The Love Light Leave" instrumental only, with the same pencil-written title on the flip. 5. An acetate of "Willie Dum Dum" recorded at Ace Recording Studios in Boston b/w "Girl From California"
The audio discs and acetates will be forwarded to Wallis for "cleaning up" and eventual release via the Teddy & The Pandas website. Fans of solid '60's garage pop will be happy to know that both "Games" and "Willie Dum Dum" are on par with the Pandas' two best known songs, "Once Upon A Time" and "We Can't Go On This Way." For updates, and additional information, visit http://www.teddyandthepandas.com
*As mentioned last issue, Fantasy's Creedence Clearwater Revival 6-CD box set should be released this month. According to Alec Palao, "I produced the first disc which is all Blue Velvets and Golliwogs, and you will be pleased to know there are nine unissued cuts by the Golliwogs, most of which are from the same session as 'Fight Fire' so you're gonna love 'em! I contributed a lengthy essay on the early days with rare pix and memorabilia etc." The band's early cuts as the Golliwogs foreshadowed the greatness the band would achieve in the '70's as CCR.
*Rhino Records reportedly is currently working a long overdue anthology on The Association, including some of the band's earliest tracks. More information as it becomes available.
*Greg Prevost's film WHERE IS THE CHESTERFIELD KING, starring the Chesterfield Kings, includes a cameo appearance by former Paul Revere & The Raiders front man, Mark Lindsay. Lindsay also recorded one song for the film's soundtrack, "Where Do We Go From Here?" The film has been described as "'Ed Wood' meets 'A Hard's Day Night'."
*The Gants Sessions CDs are tentatively scheduled for release before the end of the year. Included will be the very first song that Sid Herring ever wrote, "Cryin'." For updates, visit www.geocities.com/gantgirl1965/News.html or http://www.thegants.com
*Scramarama, a two-day rock and roll and film festival at the Palace Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, will include an appearance by Ron Edgar and Sean Bonniwell. They'll be billed as Music Machine 2000. They'll also perform (as Edgar and Bonniwell) at the Knights Of Fuzz concert at the Village Underground on October 27th. And, in other Music Machine news (thanks to Sean Bonniwell): "Back in the days when the Music Machine was rehearsing in my garage (1965-66), when my single focus was material for the band, I owned a Sony reel-to-reel two track, which served my song writing well as I could overdub and 'bounce' until the basic tracks orbited Neptune. I recorded most of the songs at 1 and 7/8 speed to save tape, regrettable, because it's taken me years to find a reel-to-reel relic that plays at that speed--and I have boxes of tapes with these demo songs clinging tenuously to that ancient medium. These are songs written for the Machine that we never recorded--all in all about 40 worthy of arranging and recording in the style the band is known for. I've been considering compiling these raw 'guitar and vocal' demos on a CD and calling it 'Virtual Garage,' as all the songs were recorded on that Sony in my garage 35 years ago. When I told Ron Edgar about the tunes he said something like, 'We should record those songs for a new album before one of us falls like a bad tree.' Most of the songs have been transferred to digital, and are in the 'evaluation' process (sonic cleaning and tweaking). As no more than a handful of garage disciples will be interested in 'Virtual Garage,' mass production isn't likely. However, limited copies of the album may be forthcoming (contingent on requests)."
*The newest Sundazed releases are the two albums by the Cyrkle ("Red Rubber Ball' and "Neon"), the four albums by Harper's Bizarre ("Feelin' Groovy," "Anything Goes," "The Secret Life Of," and "Harper's Bizarre") and the eponymous album by Montage--the group Mike Brown fronted post-Left Banke. For more information, visit http://www.sundazed.com
*Collectors Choice Music has released a first time CD of "The Best of The Sunshine Company." The collection includes 22 tracks, and features the band's three chart singles, plus rarities. Also on tap is a reissue of the folk-rock album by the Election, being billed as "one of the (if not THE) great lost folk-rock records of the '60's." I never heard of the band, either...For additional info, visit http://www.collectorschoicemusic.com
*Recent imports that might be of some interest include: The self-titled LP by San Francisco's Loading Zone, from 1968; Another self-titled album from '68 by Autosalvage; and the 20-track "The Best Of Kaleidoscope: Infinite Colours, Infinite Patterns."
*Italy's Akarma label continues to reissue albums on CD by some unknown or cool '60's garage / psych bands. In addition to their 3-CD Damnation of Adam Blessing collection, the label has recently released a Rockin' Ramrods collection, and a previously unreleased album by Crystal Circus, a Los Angeles band that included Greg Mumford of Thee Sixpence and Strawberry Alarm Clock fame.
*According to Eric Predoehl's Louie Louie web site http://www.louielouie.net, "In August, producers Eric Predoehl and Jesse Block shot a lot of footage with Chocolate Watchband, Syndicate of Sound, Cyril Jordan of the Flamin' Groovies, and Mike Wilhelm at the BayPop Music Festival in San Francisco. All of this footage will be used for as-yet untitled television project." Hopefully more information with be forthcoming shortly.
*Taragon Records has early November slated for two 2-on-1 CDs by the Vogues. Though far from being a garage band, the group did have two songs that have become staples for the dreaded "oldies" radio format: "You're The One," a very snappy and upbeat tune written by Petula Clark and Tony Hatch, and "Turn Around Look At Me." The 2-on-1 CDs contain the albums "Turn Around Look At Me" / "Till" and "Memories" / "Sing The Good Old Songs." Taragon has previously released compilations or albums by the Spiral Staircase, Cascades, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, and the Arbors.
WEBSITE WATCH: I stumbled upon a site dedicated to the Legendary Northwest Labels of the '60's at http://j_withers.tripod.com/nwlabels.htm It's difficult to read due to the repeated obtrusive background logos, but there's some good info available. SPECIAL THANKS to Sean Bonniwell, Gant Girl Beth, Alec Palao, Glenn Sadin, and Bob Wallis.
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