Here are some of my random thoughts and words about obscure and in-demand ’60s garage and psychedelic singles over the years. All of the original blog posts on my old website have since been deleted so no label scans or picture sleeves are available. Instead, I’ve used photos of The Others.

LOS FLECHAZOS – ’Ella Me Hace Enloquecer’ / ’Kinky Boots’ (DRO 1D08294) 1991

Long time favourite Spanish mod band Los Flechazos released this 45 on DRO in 1991. As with every non English vocal band, I ain’t got a clue what the guy is singing about. Luckily it doesn’t detract from this short burst of modness.

The production is maybe a little too clean for most tastes especially the drum sound. I dig the hammond though and because of that sound I’m posting the song on my blog.

’Kinky Boots’ is a go go style instrumental with hammond and is for the most part based on ’Till The End Of The Day’ by The Kinks.


THE OTHERS – ’Bitter Bells’ EP (Misty Lane Records 026) 1995

This split EP with The Thanes was given away free with garage fanzine Misty Lane – issue 16. Only 500 copies were pressed. Maybe I’ll cover the great Thanes tracks at a later time. Whilst I’m diggin’ my Others records I’ll give them some publicity.

’Bitter Bells’ is a memorable cover of the Neal Ford and the Fanatics song. They get this moody 12 string jangler down on record perfectly. It surely sounds like a relic from ’66.

The other cover they tackle is by 5 P.M. The original of ’How Many Days’ can be found on the Arf Arf compilation release ’No No No’


THE OTHERS – That’s Your Problem’ / ’You Don’t Believe Me’ (Zebrah Records 004) 1996

I’ve long since forgiven those Romans for invading England then raping and pillaging my fellow countrymen 2000 years ago. So I salute Rome band The Others as being my favourite Italian band.

This 45 on small Belgium label Zebrah Records was limited to 500 copies so is a future collectable.

Previous releases on Zebrah Records were by The Purple Merkins, The Ultra 5 and 50 Foot Combo.

Both sides of this record are cover versions done in The Others usual style of care and attention. ’You Don’t Believe Me’ is of course The Pretty Things folk jangler and the other side is a version of the Splinter-Tax ’66 tune ’That’s Your Problem’….

Songs recorded at Delta Studio, Rome on 13th May 1996

Bruno Apostoli (bass and background vocals)
Giuliano (drums)
Fabrizio (guitar)
Massimo del Pozzo (lead vocals, 6 & 12 string guitar, harp)

Bruno and Massimo are responsible for cool Italian fanzine ’Misty Lane’


The NUTHINS – ’Thoughts And Visions’ / ’You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away’ (Twist Records 23) 1999

The last record ever released by English band The Nuthins is a sparkling two sided slab of coolness. ’Thoughts And Visions’ is fabulous with lots of fuzz action.

Got to dig the production on this also by someone simply called Justin.

The flip is of course The Beatles tune. Here The Nuthins stay faithful to the original and really do the song justice. This 45 has the Expo seal of approval if anyone is in doubt.

Richie (drums)
Bob (organ)
Marcus (vocals on ’Thoughts And Visions’)
Andy (bass)
Mojo Mills (guitar and vocals on ’You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away)


The PRIMATES – ’I Ain’t Like You’ (Voxx 200.034) 1986

This fuzzed up slab of primate mayhem is from their LP ’We Are The Primates’…Seek and you shall find my garage friends. I’ll focus on this song which is true teen punk genius and for my money way better than an awful lot of so called ’classics’ from the ’66 original teen punk bands. ’I Ain’t Like You’ was written by guitarist Ted Edlefsen and singer Erik Bluhm.

The Primates were originally from Youngstown, Ohio but moved to Los Angeles sometime in 1985. They were obviously spotted by the Voxx crowd and a 12 track album was released the following year, produced by Greg Shaw and Brett Gurewitz.

Other than this small bit of information I know nothing about the band but would love to know more! This record got played a ton of times in the mid 80s by myself and The Mourning After crowd.

Brian Corrigan (drums)
Ted Edlefsen (guitar and fuzz)
Erik Bluhm (vocals, tambourine, maraccas)
Brett Miller (bass)

Reader comments:
Hey,We weren’t really from Ohio. We were from Manhattan Beach, Calif. Same area as Black Flag, the Descendents, Red Cross, the Last. Red Cross gave us their old amps and we played with them sometimes.

We played Seeds and Stooges and Flamin Groovies tunes then. By ’84 we were heavy into garage and got laughed at at school for wearing Beatle boots and turtlenecks. Brett went out with Melanie from the Pandoras so we hung out with them a lot.

Brian left and we got Eric from the Leopards (I think) for a couple shows and then Gene from the Miracle Workers for a little while. On Aint Like You Ted used the built in fuzz on his Vox guitar and an old Vox fuzz pedal that he ”borrowed” from the Morlocks.

We hated the production then because we thought the producer used too many mikes. Sky Saxon was there when we recorded it, smoking pot with us. It’s an anti-parent record.

Hi, We were from Manhattan Beach. I was in The Primates, but I got kicked out due to poor guitar skills. Boo hoo. Such is life.

I was in the band before this record came out. I never played live with them outside the garage. I was out before they conquered the clubs.

I am a little relieved that they didn’t become rich and famous like The Beatles; I would be another Pete Best. I wrote Sometimes She, though the band added the last verse since the song was too short.

This song was not credited to me. And, like the other blogger said, we were considered unusual to the 80’s Manhattan Beach crowd.

I am glad I had the experience of being friends with these guys because Manhattan Beach was pretty dull at the time.


The THREE O’ CLOCK – ’Baroque Hoedown’ mini LP (Lolita 5003) 1983

I’ve been reminiscing about the start of my obsession with the 60s and my mind was cast way back to 1983 when I picked this album up by the Three O’ Clock. It was around 1982/83 when this ’obsession’ really took hold.

Prior to this time period I’d listened to The Beatles and The Kinks but I was more interested in 70s punk. But i think my mind was all shook up with psychedelia when I first saw ’The Unguarded Moment’ promo video in ’82 on an English rock show called ’The Old Grey Whistle Test’.

After witnessing The Church and their cool promo, paisley shirts and a Rickenbacker 12 string, there was only one path to follow.

Trouble is, this obsession 26 years later has probably cost me about £100,000 on records and CDs. That’s probably how much I’ve laid out since seeing those Church guys on TV. (ha ha ha)

Anyway, back to The Three O’ Clock. This mini LP was probably the 2nd or 3rd neo psych/garage album I ever bought. The first was definitely The Church debut then it could have been The Chesterfield Kings ’Here Are The….’

Even after all these years ’Baroque Hoedown’ is a mighty fine collection. I still have no idea what a ’Cantaloupe Girlfriend’ is, the cover of ’Feel A Whole Lot Better’ is fantastic, so is the cover of Pink Floyd’s ’Lucifer Sam’.

And I haven’t even mentioned their interpretation of ’Sorry’ originally done by The Easybeats of course. This one rocks!!

What a fuckin’ cool record. Also reading the liners I noticed that Will Glenn of The Rain Parade played violin on ’Marjorie Tells Me’….


The INMATES – ’Dirty Water’ / ’Danger Zone’ (Radarscope ADA44) 1979

I’ve been diggin’ into a box of my 45s labelled ’70s’ and have had some pleasure listening to all these fantastic records I bought when I was growing up in the 70s. Back then, as a teenager the English music scene was of a very high standard (unlike today).

Lot’s of bands ’made it’ or got signed for one off deals. Luckily for us, most of these 45s are quite common and it ain’t very hard locating copies in decent shape.

Over the course of the next month or so I’ll post some of my favourite English 70s/very early 80s records. And if I have time, I’ll post MP3s mastered direct from vinyl.

The Inmates were a popular band for maybe one year then kind of faded from the ’scene’. Their trademark sound was very much the British Invasion sound circa 1964-66. 

’Dirty Water’ of course is a cover of the Ed Cobb classic. No doubt The Inmates heard The Standells version on the original Nuggets LP and decided to cover it themselves.
This version is a powerful RnB onslaught with the words altered for a London band (ie) ’down by the River Thames’.

The flip ’Danger Zone’ is also a cover. This time the Wilson Pickett soul/RnB tune gets a late 70s make-over.

The band logo and sleeve of the ’Dirty Water’ 45 was designed by Phil Smee (Bam Caruso/Rubble fame)

THE INMATES – ’The Walk’ / ’Talkin’ Woman’ (Radarscope ADA47) 1979

’The Walk’ was a small hit in England reaching number 36. This was The Inmates only chart action. Again, they chose covers to update. They also appeared on English TV show Top Of The Pops performing this. It was a pretty good performance with singer Bill Hurley doing his best Mick Jagger impression.

THE INMATES – ’Love Got Me’ / ’Jealousy’ (Radarscope ADA50) 1979

’Love Got Me’ is a big production effort with brass but sadly didn’t do anything chart wise. Around about this period Bill Hurley suffered a breakdown and temporarily left the band. This probably hindered any chance they had left of being successful.

The flip ’Jealousy’ is a wild live performance from a gig at The Electric Ballroom, London on 27/10/79.

All songs during the early period of their career were produced by the late Vic Maile. He had a good pedigree having worked with Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Motorhead and Dr Feelgood.


THE BOGEYMEN – ”You Are On My Mind” / ”Candy” (F.F.Fascination Records 004) 1992

The Bogeymen hailed from the French town of Angouleme but their sound is very much a total rip of English band The Prisoners, who appear to be a massive influence.

This was their first 45 and is pretty hard to track down these days. ’You Are On My Mind’ is a sort of soul mod work out with groovy organ. Laurent Bauer’s vocals are excellent and are sung in English.

’Candy’ is much more R&B influenced and has it’s roots firmly in the mid 60s English scene. I dig this one much more than the top side. Nice use of maracas that gives the sound that authentic touch and the fast pace of the song just never lets up.

Laurent Bauer (vocals, guitar, organ and harp)
Olivier Quinot (drums)
Philippe Traversat (guitar)
Yvee Le Diraison (bass)

More records would follow this debut 45 (I may write about some later) before Laurent Bauer would form The Lost Minds.


THE BACKDOOR MEN – ’Out Of My Mind’ / ’Magic Girl’ (Tracks On Wax 006) 1985

Hip combo from Stockholm, Sweden. One look at the ultra cool sleeve and you just know these guys are gonna deliver the goods. It’s very rare that grumpy lookin’ mods with a way cool image are not just as classy on record. Thankfully The Backdoor Men were as good as any 80s band.

’Out Of My Mind’ written by Ingemannson/Jelinek is a bit of a Prisoners rip with an intro full of feedback they then burst into life with punky vocals from Jelinek, some searing guitar and background organ.

I would have liked the guitar break to be longer but that’s just a minor complaint. This song rocks big time and is one of the best neo garage tunes of the 80s.

’Magic Girl’ written by Ingemannson is a psychedelic mass of echoey vocals, guitars and background organ. It’s a sound that The Backdoor Men would not indulge in again. Nor would Jelinek and Ingemannson next band The Creeps.

Hans Ingemannson (rhythm guitar, background vocals)
Robert Jelinek (lead guitar, vocals)
Stefan Nilsson (bass, background vocals)
Ismeal Samie (drums)

production by Stry Terrarie who also contributed organ parts.


THE BEATKINGS – ”Sitting On My Sofa” / ”I Don’t Mind” / ”I Just Want To Make Love To You” (King Bee Records) 1995

Wow, here’s a way cool garage punk 45 from Groningen, Holland. The top side is one of the BEST Kinks covers you’ll ever hear. A wall of guitar feedback introduces ’Sitting On My Sofa’ then the mod riff kicks in, add gruff vocals from Jeroen De Jong, sprinkle some garage screams before a fuzz solo and you’ve got an instant 90s classic.

The other side contains two more covers. The first is James Brown’s ’I Don’t Mind’. The Beatkings interpret this song so much better than The Who did on My Generation album. The soul vibe of the song is retained but to me it sounds more beaty.

Willie Dixon’s ’I Just Want To Make Love To You’ is also given a cover treatment. This ones a fine R&B workout with strong powerful vocals, harmonica and a dirty guitar sound.

This 45 obviously has the EXPO67 seal of approval. Buy it if you see it up for sale.

Songs were recorded at Studio 44, Groningen on 24th June 1995.

The record is in glorious mono for that authentic touch.

The Beatkings were:
Jeroen De Jong (lead vocals, bass, harmonica)
Koos Keus (drums)
E.J. Kloosterboer (guitar and production)


THE DAWNBREAKERS – ’Sea In A Shell’ / ’Remember’ (Blink Records 2001) 1999

If your particular bag is melodic ’67 psychedelia and I’m thinking of bands like Yankee Dollar, MC2 or Neighborhood Children then you’ll flip for these guys.

By all accounts this was a band made of ex players from The Optic Nerve, Vibrasonic, The Vice Barons and The Bees although I’ve only been able to establish a definite Vice Barons connection (Marky Connell). So if anyone knows for sure let me know.. thanks.

’Sea In A Shell’ is just how I dig my neo psych. There is constant 12 string and fuzz action throughout. On top of this heady brew is lilting and echoey female vocals. You could easily mistake this as a long lost 1967 gem. It has a very authentic sound. There is a killer 12 string raga break just like those McGuinn interludes from the Younger Than Yesterday sessions.

’Remember’ is similar in style but not as cool as the top side. It’s still impressive though and a worthy B-side. Both songs were written by Chris Maes.

My record came with a business card so I assume they were a gigging band or were after another record deal. It’s a shame that this 45 was their only output because they had a lot of talent and a unique sound for the late 90s.

info: The 45 was recorded at Caron’s basement during May 1999 and their contact was an address in Brussels, Belgium.

band members:
Chris Maes (Hagstrom 8 string bass)
Simon Jones (12 string Mosrite guitar, Vox fuzz guitar, tambourine)
Genevieve Nevin (Farfisa organ, vocals)
Marky Connell (drums)

Reader comments:
Yes it is Simon Jones of Vibrasonic playing on The Dawnbreakers single & what a great record it is, I love it.

The Dawnbreakers was only a recording band, there were no live shows done. Chris Maes was previously in Belgian band The Bees & Marky drummed for The Vice Barons, don’t know about The Optic Nerve ?

I met Chris when we were both playing in another band in Brussels, I was playing the drums & she was the bassist, we both left that band & she had some songs she wanted to record & asked if I`d play guitar on them, there were 2 other tracks recorded at the same time as the ones on the single but as far as I know they weren’t released.


THE WYLDE MAMMOTHS – ’Help That Girl’ EP (Crypt 45-3) 1988

This Swedish four piece were formed by ex Crimson Shadows member Peter Maniette and they offer the listener an updated R&B cocktail with just a hint of folk rock for added coolness. They certainly impressed Tim Warren enough to offer them a record deal on his Crypt label.

’Help That Girl’ EP was The Wylde Mammoths second single. All four songs are good to great and all hint at the sound of 60s bands like The Downliners Sect and The Pretty Things. ’Help That Girl’ sounds like a 1965 R&B punker, ’Nothing I Can Do’ is pure 1966 garage with a good guitar break, ’You’ is another 1965 R&B groover but ’In My Lonely Room’ is a slow tempo bluesy tune with a guitar riff borrowed heavily from Mouse and the Traps ’Public Execution’.

I reckon the R&B tracks would have been elevated to essential if they had used maracas and/or harp.

other info:
The seven inches of pleasure was recorded on the 14th and 15th of November 1987 at Nybro Studio in Stockholm. But not released on Crypt until 1988.

band members:
Peter Maniette (guitar/vocals)
Patrick Emt (bass)
Stellan Wahlstrom (drums/tambourine)
Per Wannerberg (guitar)


THE UNEXPECTED – ’Maybe’ / ’You Movin’ / ’I Need Your Lovin’ (Trouble And Tea Records 002) 1998

Pretty good three track EP by this Spanish folk rockin’ band on Trouble & Tea Records. They also released 45s by other Spanish mod bands The Blackbirds and The Mistakens. These are also worth your time. I’ll probably write about The Blackbirds later.

I also dig the name of the record label. This must be as a nod to the mod classic by Manfred Mann called ’Trouble and Tea’… too much of a coincidence otherwise!

All songs on this EP are sung in English. There’s a choice cover version of Gene Clark’s ’You Movin’ which was recorded by The Byrds in their very early studio sessions but never released at the time.

My favourite song is the closer ’I Need Your Lovin’ which is a fast paced beat pounder and sounds very Beatlesesque from their 1964 era.

The record was recorded at Odds Studios in Xixon, Spain.


The SOMELOVES – ’Melt’ / ’Jack Robinson’ (White Label Records K1015) 1989

The label states ’This is a real pop recording’ and I ain’t gonna argue with that. ’Melt’ is a classic.

The Someloves by 1989 were in effect Don Mariani (ex Stems) and Daryl Mather (ex Lime Spiders) plus assorted session players. This release was their third single. I’ll most likely review the others at a later stage, because they rock as well.

’Melt’ is a power pop gem with a glorious guitar hook that sticks in the mind. It’s also got a wah wah guitar solo that slays. This music is superior to almost anything that was released in those dark days of ’89 when the most I could hope for was average punk from a tired and almost extinct garage revival. Dom Mariani is a legend make no mistake about that.

This track was included on The Someloves LP ’Something Or Other’. The flip ’Jack Robinson’ was not part of that album and is only available on this record. It’s an OK pop song but not a patch on the top side and I personally don’t care much for the drumming which is a basic plod by numbers. Could have done with more dynamics. Maybe the production just sounds too clean for my tastes.

other info:
These two songs were recorded in June/July 1989 at Planet Studios, Perth and produced by Mitch Easter and John Villani.

Don Mariani (vocals, lead guitar, 12 string guitar)
Darryl Mather (guitar)
Robbie Scorer (drums)
Tony Italiano (bass)

You’ve obviously got very similar tastes to my own, ranging through both garage and great pop. I bought all my SomeLoves stuff at Pier Platters in Hoboken, right from the earliest single.

However, it was this later stuff that really defined what the band would be, since it wasn’t until the Stems had split that it became a full-time thing.

As I recall, however, my favorite was always ”Girl Soul”, which evidently had its origins as a Stems’ song which never was completely finished.


THE MOFFS – ’Another Day In The Sun’ / ’Clarodomineaux’ (Citadel 012) Feb 1985

During the mid 80s Australia were the leaders in the pack for psychedelic bands and The Moffs on their early records were one of the best. ’Another Day In The Sun’ starts with a killer guitar intro. The riff will stay with you long after the record has finished. It builds slowly into a moody mass of guitar noise before slipping softly away with gentle piano.

It’s a very well produced record. I remember reading many articles and reviews about The Moffs in England’s guitar band magazine ’Bucketfull Of Brains’.

The flip side is the strangely named ’Clarodomineaux’. This cut has a garagey groove, almost funky with the drum beat. To me this one sounds like some of those early Stone Roses tunes but years before they released anything.

It’s also got a weird, almost baroque mid song interlude with female vocals before kicking back into the garage groove. It’s a difficult song to pigeon hole. All I know is that I dig it!

The Moffs were:
Tom Kazas (vocals, songwriter)
Nick Potts (organ)
Alan Hislop (drums)
David Byrnes (bass)

producer: Chris Logan

THE STEMS – ’Let Your Head Rest’ /’Don’t Let Me’ / ’Tears Me In Two’ (Zero Hour 001) 1990

The Stems are and always will be in my top 5 bands of all time. They join The Byrds, The Beatles, The Electric Prunes and Love. Wow, they’ll probably be embarrassed being in that company but there you go.

Back in the mid 80s they kicked every neo garage bands arse and delivered classic punker after classic punker.

Also in leader Dom Mariani they were blessed with a talented songwriter and someone with the best mushroomed head of hair this side of 1966.

I loved them and they were MY band. In my little corner of England, The Stems spread their Australian sunshine and I lapped up every sun ray.

Those days I was a young teenage long hair with a turtle neck, black Levis and Chelsea boots and these Aussies looked just like me!!!

This record came with a Stems Illustrated Biography and contained rare tunes unavailable elsewhere. ’Let Your Head Rest’ is killer garage punk with fuzz, tremolo, caveman drums and punk attitude.

I find it amazing that this track was left in the vaults and never released until they had disbanded. It was recorded during their first sessions in 1985. Even to this date ’Let Your Head Rest’ has never surfaced on CD.

The flip are demo versions of songs that were released. These were recorded in 85/86. 


PLASTICLAND – ’Flower Scene’ / ’In My Black And White’ (Midnight Records MID 4510) 1985

Plasticland were one of those bands from the 80s that certainly struck a chord with me. It wasn’t that common that neo bands from USA would be influenced by 60s Englishness. Most bands those days followed the garage punk tradition.

This Milwaukee band had been releasing 45s on various labels for five years before ’Flower Scene’ came out on Midnight Records. What you get on this record are two excellent psychedelic tunes and over the top psychy lyrics.

’Flower sceptre explodes tonight
It showers the hall with liquid light
There’s a bubble blowing in the air
There’s a bubble blowing out down there
Flower scene’…..

The flip ’In My Black And White’ again favours 60s English psychedelia style. Not the twee examples but the paths The Creation or The Who created during 1966.

According to Glenn Rehse this song was featured on the soundtrack to the film River Of Rags, an art piece produced and directed by 4TA.

Both songs are band originals written by Rehse and Frankovic. Also another bit of useless information for you, scribed in the dead wax of ’Flower Scene’ is the message No Flowers No Scene….. 


THE JAYBIRDS – ”Happy Day” / ”It Wasn’t Right” (Ilsa Records 69009) 1999

Austrian band The Jaybirds are well worth your efforts in tracking down their records. These are becoming harder to locate especially the early EPs on Ilsa.

This Vienna based neo R&B band’s passion was the mid 60s English blues influenced combos and their early recordings are faithful to this type of music.

Fortunately almost all of the 45 tracks were band originals and immaculately conceived sounding like long lost treasures from 1964/65.

One look at their cool mod image and bowl haircuts means that these guys are gonna take themselves seriously. This record contained two surprising covers of very obscure bands from 60s Austria.

’It Wasn’t Right’ was first recorded back in 1968 by a 3 piece group called Expiration, who were considered the Austrian ’Cream’.

The song doesn’t sound like Cream what so ever. It’s got a ’mod’ sound but not the soul sound if you know what I mean? More in keeping with English legends like Fleur de Lys or The Attack. Anyway, you’ll dig the swirling organ that’s way up front in the mix and the cool guitar break.

’Happy Day’ was originally recorded by Charles Ryder’s Corporation. Charles Ryder, also known as Karl Ratzer was the former lead guitarist of The Slaves.

The Jaybirds really pull this cover out of the bag with a more soulful approach, again with nice organ flourishes and good solid musicianship and vocals. It’s quite a powerful performance.

hi, the record was released in late 98. the organ part was played by a friend of ours called znarf huber who received unfortunately no credits on the record….but in the end I think we all didn’t receive any credits on that – no idea why…cheers patrick ”jaybird” nagl


THE OTHERS – Can’t Help But Cry EP (Twist 36T 017) 1997

 What did the Romans ever do for us? or something like that, was a famous quote from Monty Python Film ’The Life Of Brian’…Well apart from roads and sanitation they gave us The Others in the mid 90s!

I completely LOVE The Others. I’m a sucker for 12 string jangle and these guys used it in abundance on their records. I was so glad I discovered them by reading Italian fanzine Misty Lane, and they could well be my all time favourite neo garage psych group.

This 4 track EP came out in ’97. Your loss if you’ve never heard it so be sure to track it down. The first track is ’Can’t Help But Cry’. This is fast paced 12 string mayhem with a cool backbeat. It really is excellent folk punk showing that these Italian hipsters were on their game when this was recorded live at Delta Studios in Rome.

A cover of ’Elevator Operator’, the Gene Clark classic follows next and it’s a faithful rendition of the song with plenty of 12 string action and fuzz leads. The vocals are crisp and polished.

Side B kicks off with ’Do You Believe What I Say?’ This song is firmly set somewhere in a 1966 garage. It could be The Leaves! This time around we are not treated to jangle but fuzz and punky attitude. There is a cool lead guitar break mid way through.

’You’ll Never Know’ is again backed with 12 string and pleasant vocals. Could almost be a ballad. All songs, apart from the Gene Clark cover are band originals written by Massimo del Pozzo. He also produced the songs along with Bruno Apostoli.


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