Friday, December 19, 2014
Monument –Infarctus/Computer Love –AFA 639 (1971 France)
This was the only single release by these teenage miscreants from the outskirts of Paris. Already responsible for a Heavy Psych LP in 1970 titled Volume 1, this was their only further output, released under the banner of “Plays Hard Rock”. Both sides do as they say on the tin, and if anything the Cro-Magnon attitude hits deeper lows (or exultant heights?) with plenty of fuzz, guttural vocals and overall heaviness. Both songs are pretty long and although they could have been more succinct, the sheer unrelenting thumping will batter you into submission. Both tracks are totally wild. Monument were Micky Wals (vocals, guitar), Joël Averbouch (guitar), Lou Lou Laguerre (keyboards), Patrick F. (bass) and Tony Laguerre (drums)
Hear a full version of Infarctus
Hear a full version of Computer Love
Friday, December 12, 2014
Green Point seems to be the new centre of record buyers, with Academy and Record Grouch moving from Williamsburg.
Co-op 87, at 87 Guernsey Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 had some good stock and is well worth visiting. It looks like there is a good stock turnover. Some good singles.
Academy have recently moved to 85 Oak Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222, and the focus is currently more on LPs, however once they get organised, 45s should be making more of a comeback. Some very reasonable prices.
Captured Tracks at 195 Calyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222, have a good selection of LPs, perhaps more of a Soul focus
Apparently a big hit with Japanese tourists is The Thing opposite from Record Grouch at 1001 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222, is quite amazing. When you walk round the mounds of stuff, you walk downstairs to the catacombs just filed wall to wall with vinyl. Wonder where records go when no one wants them? Well it looks like at 250.000 of them end up here. The last stop before landfill. Now if you had 2 days, there may be some finds, but it is a tad overwhelming..
By early evening we headed to The Archive of Contemporary Music at 54 White Street, New York, NY 10013 as they were holding a cocktail party (well cheese and wine) as a pre-sale event. Picked up nice copies of the A Square SRC/Rationals and MC5. I was holding out getting the pic sleeve, but the copy they archived was not for sale at any price...
Never seen that red cover for the Thundertrain...
Monday, December 08, 2014
Raw Meat –Stand-By Girl/Out in The Country –Blue Hour BH9 -1001 (1969 US)
Raw Meat’s Stand-By Girl is a prime example of an overlooked obscurity, which is bound to gather better-late-than-never recognition for those still hunting for Heavy gems of outstanding worth. Stand-By Girl is a wondrous tour-de-force in heavy fuzz-faced shenanigans, with a solid Bonehead foothold, but on the edge of tipping over into an undocumented world of weird. Stand-By Girl has one of the heaviest/scuzziest heavy fuzz sounds anywhere. Then the weirdness sets in from initial medieval vocal interludes into…well the heart of weirdness. More great guitar ensues. What were they thinking?
The B side is a bit more sane; featuring cowbell, layered vocals and more great guitar. It appears the A side was produced by Richard Thomas with some deft edits and crude yet all inclusive recording techniques. Full credit should also go to engineer Ken Smith and the band for some of the arrangement and production ideas. “Ken Smith was most likely the recording engineer on “Stand-By Girl,” because he was a close friend and a studio innovator; it was his idea to release “Stand-By Girl” in stereo, which garnered a lot of attention back then…” (Susan Gallion) “The boys in the band came up with the vocal ideas. I did edit the single in a couple of places including adding the ending to the very start of the song to kick it off. The other edits tightened the arrangement but I don't remember where they were or if they were used in the final release…” (Richard Thomas) The B-side was recorded at Dave Kennedy Studios, one of the first multi-track studios in the U.S., and it was produced by the band members. The A-side became popular on radio in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and a few other places beyond Milwaukee.
(Richard Thomas and Susan Gallion ran The Blue Hour label at the time. They recorded and released the Burst of Life LP as Susan and Richard Thomas in 73. They are both still active in music today: www.richardpaulthomas.com www.OceanbirdMusic.com
But what of the band?
They all lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The line-up was: Drums: Michael Jablonski, Lead Guitar: Don Gruender and Gene Peranich on bass guitar. It seems that all three of them sang and co-wrote the songs. At the time, the band was going through some personnel problems and didn’t do any traveling to promote the record. A few months after the record was released, Don, the guitar player, left the band. (He passed away in 2012. A new Raw Meat was formed sometime in 1970, but they had a different musical focus.
There is more news for 2015 as Richard has recently licensed both tracks for a forthcoming vinyl release on Permanent Records http://www.permanentrecordschicago.com About time!
Hear a full version of Stand-By Girl
Hear a full version of Out in The Country
Friday, November 28, 2014
Moby Dick –Clear Days/Hold on Me - Negram NG 189 (1970 NL)
Moby Dick was out of Delft (the home of that blue pottery). It appears that this single was their only release. Clear Days is a fine example of continental heaviness. Hold on Me also has some merit mixing in softer passages with heavier interludes. Moby Dick was comprised of singer Hans de Koning with Cees Vlottes on guitar, Joop Vavier on bass and Huib de Jong – Drums. Some of the members then moved on to form Cape Canary
Hear full versions of Clear Days and Hold on Me
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
Not a bad first day, with some killer singles as well as som3 accumulation fodder
Some grinding heaviness, of particular note Belgium’s Opus Est and Holland’ Moby Dick.
Nice German pic sleeve of Jook’s Bish Bash Bosh/Crazy Kids. Unexpected: Donnydale, Red Temple Prayer and Easy Fever Volume 2
Paying the price, but well worth it; Andy Ellison –Cornflake Zoo with a fun cover of You Can’t Do That on the A side
And the rest...
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Acetate: Bullitt –Nobody/I’m Gonna Win (US 197?)
Time for another mystery acetate and a fine Powerpop Pearl specimen. This is really worth somebody doing some detective work as I couldn’t find any obvious trails out there. I assume this is mid 70s and it sits nicely between Pilot-type Anglophile Pop and US Powerpop in the mould of The Raspberries with a touch of Blue Ash. It’s hard to believe that both songs are unreleased as both performances have high glossy production values and are mighty fine tunes to boot. Now unless this has come out under another name, we need to know who these guys were. Terrific stuff!
Hear a full version of Nobody
Hear a full version of I’m Gonna Win
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The Legend –Portrait of Youth/ Enjoy Yourself –R703 (1968 US
We go a bit further back in time than usual for one of the most exuberant Who-inspired performances around. Although owing an obvious allegiance to The Townsend School of Riffs (Think Raspberries I Don’t Know What I Want), the tune goes beyond its Mod/Garage origins into Heavy Fuzz Psych with Powerpop overtones. The production values elevate the tune even further, the power remains, but the overall effect is surprisingly glossy (in a good way!)
The Legend got out of Denver early in their career and relocated in LA signing to the Megaphone label. Portrait of Youth was their second single. They also released 2 LPs, the first under The Legend name, the 2nd when they morphed into Dragonfly when things got even heavier. The B side Enjoy Yourself is a great example of inventive tuneful Psych at its best.
Hear full versions of Portrait of Youth and Enjoy Yourself
Friday, November 07, 2014
Inheritance –Kookie/Come on - EMI test pressing (1972 Australia)
After all the Bone Crunchin’ heaviness, let’s go back to the safety of a Global Bubblegum World… Here’s an obscure, Antipodean cover of Kookie originally record by Germany’s Sandwich (pre Bläck Fööss). I think the Aussie version just wins it, by having rougher edges and more hard driving Bubblegum grooves, although the sound is more ’68 than ’72. This appears to be a custom promo pressing prior to gaining a limited release on HMV. Anyhow know anything about Inheritance? –was it a real group or a studio creation? The B side is a pleasant enough pop ditty.
Hear full versions of Kookie and Come on
Here’s a link to Sandwich’s version
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Unknown : Stop Messin' Around-Emidisc Acetate (UK 1972)
Here's an absolute monster unknown and (as far as I can tell) unreleased Proto Punk monster from 1972. The guitars remind me of Third World War's Ascension Day, but the overall performance recalls more Barry Rolfe (Look The Business 1973) or a less focused Streak. The song was recorded as a demo for Carlin Music, but it is clear why it didn't get any further than the acetate stage as it was definitely 5 years too early. It really forges a link between Garage Punk and Punk and is more proof that Crushed Butler weren't the only proponents of loud and brash riffing with a snotty attitude in the UK at that time.
Anyone with any clues or information -please step forward
Hear a full version of Stop Messin' Around
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Clinton –Falling Behind/Midnight in New York –Shotfire EU 694210 (1976 US)
With members from Uniontown and Masontown (PA), this record seems to have been Clinton’s sole outing. Recorded at Audio Innovators in Pittsburgh, this great double sider was released in August 1976. I am only featuring the rousing Proto Punk scorcher Midnight in New York as the A side is in even worse condition, although it’s a great Hard Rock number. Anyhow the B side is loud and crunchin’ a bit like Streak with some Under My Wheels era Alice Cooper licks. The band was comprised of Lee Hayes (vocals), Tom Skelton and Bill Osniak on guitars, Bill Rankin (drums) and songwriter/bassist Jim Tait.
Guys, if any of you see this –please get in touch. I need more information and an upgrade!
Hear a full version of Midnight in New York
Friday, October 10, 2014
Canadian Satanists on the rampage: Morse Code Transmission –Satan’s Song vs. Merriday Park -Witchcraft
Morse Code Transmission –Cold Society/Satan’s Song-RCA SPCS-45-116 (1972 Canada)
Merriday Park –Witchcraft/My Shady Friend –Columbia C4-2942 (1970 Canada)
Two major label Canadian outings screaming to be untied from the stake…Quebec’s Morse Code Transmission were more from the Proggy side of the spectrum, but on this non-album B side they let all hell loose with some near Proto Metal machinations and silly vocals. Ontario’s Merriday Park released 3 Heavy Psych singles with prominent organ, but here on their second single they added a fun line in exploitation groovy-ness to their brew (Evil’s black, hairy black… )!
Hear full version of Satan’s Song and Witchcraft
Thursday, October 02, 2014
Galactus –Live With Me/You Can’t Win –Airship 6042-22 (1976 US)
Continuing the Swamp Rats’ (Psycho!) tradition of only releasing cover versions, lead singer Bob Hocko reappeared in 1976 with Galactus. Live With Me is a gritty near-Proto Punk rendition of The Let It Bleed number instilled with crunching guitars and snotty vocals. They also surprisingly cover the Kinks Kontroversy obscurity You Can't Win on the B side. I am sure their sole LP (Cosmic Force Field) is worth hearing as it includes a cover of The Move’s Do Ya which should work great based on the performances on this single. Galactus is of further interest as it also featured Jim Wilson, the Creme Soda (Tricky Zingers) bassist
Hear full versions of Live With Me and You Can’t Win
Thursday, September 25, 2014
I have just listed 50 rare singles +1 on ebay including some killer obscure Proto Punk/Hard Rock, Freakbeat and some cool Glam and Powerpop stuff
You can find the listings here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/purepop1uk/m.html
One recent discovery is the amazing Sweet Leaf single:
Sweet Leaf -Indian Man/ I Need You-Elmwood (1975 US)
“Custer Custer What you’re going to do? You have 10.000 indians down on You…” What can you say about this fake native American-sided extravaganza that throws XIT back into the reservation. With its Heavy riffage and pounding war drums, this make Propeller’s Apache Woman or Moonquake’s Wardance sound positively restrained. From Pueblo Colorado, this was somehow the creation of Norman Petty’s studio. Pressed up in minute quantities, this single was Sweet Leaf’s first and last (recording) stand…
Hear a soundclip of Indian Man
Here is the full list
Ted Mulry -Jump in My Car-Original version -German Pic Sleeve -1976
Barry Ryan -Do That- Glam classic -French Picture Sleeve -1975
Harpo - My Teenage Queen -Glam Thumping Cruncher -1974
Boston Boppers -Did You Get What You Wanted -Killer Junkshop Glam -1974
Scarface -Tootsie Roll Baby -Killer Obscure Crunchin' Glam -Demo -1975
Ricky Wilde-- Teenwave -Crunching Glam-French Pic Sleeve -1974
Sparky-Summertime Woman -Snarly Troggs Junkshop Thumper -1972
Jerusalem -Kamakazi Moth- -Hard Rock FREAK -German Pic Sleeve-1972
Andromeda -Go Your Way -Heavy Psych/Freakbeat/ Hard Rock -1969
Marsha Hunt -Desdemona/Hippy Gumbo -John's Children -Bolan-1969
Sundance -Gotta Get You Back -Crunchin' US Hard Rock-1971
Jailhouse -Bad End/ Ya Hoo Hoo - UK BONEHEAD Hard Rock -1972
Haffy's Whiskey Sour -Shot in The Head-Vanda & Young/Easybeats -1971
Small Wonder - Ordinary Boy/ Ride a Black Sheep -Raga Glam -T. Rex 1974
Jon Symon -Silver Star - Killer Glam/Proto Punk -1975
Rainbow Family -Travellin' Lady -1972 -Heavy Psych FREAK
Snatch- For Always and Ever- Ultra Rare GLAM- Glitter Band 1975
Chris Neal -Mr. Leather and Velvet -Classic GLAM Anthem -1973
Sweet Leaf -Indian Man -Heavy Bonehead Hard Rock -1975
Tiger B Smith -Morning Bird -Bonehead Glam Stomper 1975
Dwarf -Backstage Queen-- US-Private Proto Punk -Rare -1976
Josuha -Jenny (Take Me Out For a Ride) -Stoner Freak Glam -1973
Husky Wells -Can't Be Satisfied -Female Mod/Glam Dancer -1974
Incredible Hog -Lame-Killer Heavy Rock/Glam -German Pic Sleeve -1973
Farm -Fat Judy -Bonehead Crunchin' Glam Boogie -Demo -1974
Stepson –It’s My Life/ Rude Attitude –Bonehead Cruncher Proto Punk 1974
The What -The Devil's Game -Obscure Proto Metal Doom Heavy Psych
TNS -Time's Up Michigan Proto Punk/Hard Rock -MC5 -1972
Rescue Co. No 1 -Roll-A-Bowl-A-Woman -Stomping Junkshop Glam -Demo -1975
Life -This Time -Heavy Fuzz Psych/ Hard Rock- Obscure-1972
Inca Bullet Joe -Nothing Has Changed -Heavy Rock - Bonehead Cruncher 1971
Just Plain Smith -Just Open Your Mind /February's Child -FREAKBEAT -1969
Biddu -Look Out Here I Come -Eastern Psych Mod Dancer- Pic Sleeve -1967
J.C. Livingstone -Momma Was A Steamroller -Killer Freakbeat/Glam UK 1973
Catapult -Let Your Hair Hang Down -Thumping Dutch Glam 1974
Arzenboys -Bump on My Head -Heavy Glam Groover -1975
P.A.T.C.H -Where Are you Now?/Bang Bang Bang -Top UK Powerpop -1972
Hetherington- Teenage Love Song- UK Powerpop-1973- Pic Sleeve
Pony -It's Gonna Be So Easy- US Powerpop-1974- Promo
Dana Gillespie- Weren't Born a Man- German Pic Sleeve-Bowie -1974
Libido -Hold on To Your Fire/Weren't Born a Man -Dana Gillespie -1973
Jetz -Catch Me -Proto Punk/Powerpop - Original German picture Sleeve -1977
Dictators -Heartache/ Search & Destroy - German picture Sleeve -1977
Hector -Wired Up -Killer Proto Punk/Glam - DEMO -1973
Puhdys -Hellraiser/Highway Star -East German!!!! Glam -1974
Union Express -Do You Love Me/Alligator Fix -Killer Glam - Pic Sleeve 1973
T. Rex -Get It On -Rare Italian Picture Sleeve-1971
Abacus -Indian Dancer -Stomping & Crunching Glam - Dutch Pic Sleeve 1974
Streak -Bang Bang Bullet -Wild Proto Punk - Pic Sleeve 1973
Pagliaro -Illusion/ Revolution -Moonquake-Killer Crunchin RAWK
And the +1: Barracudas-God Bless The 45
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
K.G. Young –Spider/ Spider Woogie 9th Movement –CBS 4302 (1969 German issue)
K.G. is in fact Brill Building songwriter/producer Kenny Young whose long and varied career encompasses many fine Girl Group, Bubblegum, Purepop and novelty (Yellow Dog) sides. Spider is a fine specimen of late 60s Psych Pop featuring fine line in orchestration and arrangement. This single is an astute blend of melodicism and quirkiness which could have appealed to kids as well as the more sophisticated pallet
Hear a full version of Spider
Monday, September 15, 2014
Zendik –Is There No Peace/Aesop – Pslhrtz 100 (1970 US)
From Illinois and as the label states: Recorded in America…Yup and with real attitude too, with the stars and stripes probably hanging upside down. Zendik sounds like a slightly hippie-fied MC5 underpinned by a driving bass riff recalling The Stooges. This is the real McCoy, like a rural White Panther call to arms. Where Black Sabbath may have shied away by only asking the question, these shout out GOD IS DEAD. Apparently this is not related to the Zendik Texas commune, but perhaps inspired by?
Hear full version of both songs
Monday, September 08, 2014
Henry Turtle –Do You Believe/ You Turned Your Back and Walked Away –Columbia DB 8859 (1972 UK)
Do You Believe was the first single released by Henry Turtle and was issued from a session at Air with a heavy backing crew featuring Chris Spedding, Herbie Flowers and Clem Clatini. Do You Believe is a surprisingly successful Spector recreation recalling I Can Hear Music or Don’t Worry Baby with Henry’s distinctive vocal delivery adding an unexpected twist. The B side is a real heavy monster. The first few seconds are pretty weird then all hell breaks loose with Chris Spedding shining on what could be construed as a bongo infused T. Rex covering Whole Lotta Love. Funny to note that the French release (where the A and B sides were switched), warns the purchaser that the song only really gets going after the first 20 seconds! Henry is still active as a singer/songwriter and artist, you can check out his website here: http://www.henryturtle.co.uk
Hear a full version of You Turned Your Back and Walked Away
Hear a full version of Do You Believe
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Giano Ton –Bocca Di Rosa/Matalo –Rca PM 3550 (1970 Italy)
Giano Ton is a nom de plume for Giacomo Tosti and Matalo was featured on the soundtrack of Cesare Canevari’s Spaghetti Western of the same name. What is surprising is the mix of virulent Heavy Fuzz, Psychomania (Witch Hunt) choir vocals and snarly lead in English. The second half of the tracks is where the lead guitar gets cooking and the overall performance is pleasantly short, getting to the point without time for any digressions.
Hear a full version of Matalo
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The New Lords –Radio/T.V. –Columbia C006-30419 (1971 Germany)
The Lords were (and still are?) the longest serving German Beat group. Although their best (R&B and some near Psych numbers) was also offset by some more radio friendly comedic sing-along stuff. By 1971 the band had split and the short-lived New Lords incarnation only featured Ulrich Gunther from the original band with younger cohorts in tow. They managed to put out an LP under the new moniker along with a single culled from that album, however the two tracks presented here were exclusive to this release. The coupling of T.V. and Radio makes this a concept single of sorts. Heading in a more Heavy direction T.V. is a real corker. It is Euro Hard Rock of the highest order and sits nicely next to Propeller (featuring Achim Reichel and Herbert Hilderbrandt from that other German rock dynasty –The Rattles) The A side is also superb but in a more radio friendly manner but with plenty of twists and turns including some surprising backward guitar. It is a shame that The New Lords didn’t continue in this promising direction as this line-up of the band split in ‘72
Hear a full version of T.V.
Hear a full version of Radio
Monday, August 11, 2014
Godson –All Dressed in White/We’ve Not Made It -Philips 6006155 (1971 UK)
We’ve Not Made It is an absolute killer piece of Proto Punk coming across like an early Boys track with strong Stones inflections. The vocal delivery is positively yobbish and snotty in its attitude; it’s hard to believe that this came out in 71. Even more surprising is that Godson was a project created by John Bachini (ex-Orange Bicycle) with Mike Vaughan (Easybeats manager) on production duties and not a kick off effort by some young upstarts. All Dressed in White is more obviously commercial recalling John Kongos imitating Dylan over a Abbey Road/Hotlegs backing track but spelling out no hit wonder.
Hear a full version of We’ve Not Made It
Hear a full version of All Dressed in White
Sunday, August 03, 2014
Angelo Finaldi –Le Sorcier Le Maudit/ Pas Fou –TC Extra EX 7726 (1972 Canada)
Here’s a pair of cracking raucous Glamrockers from this French Canadian guy. Le Sorcier Le Maudit was written for French wrinkly/Plastic surgeon victim Johnny Halliday, but Johnny didn’t give it the A side treatment it deserved. Anyhow both sides are top notch powerful performances, out-rocking Michael Pagliaro in his own backyard. Angelo was in 60s Canadian Garage Punkers La Revolution Francaise and Les Sinners. Strangely enough he recorded in London around this time for RAK. The result? http://purepop1uk.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/angelo-eighteen-midnight-flight.html. Yes Angelo Finaldi was the Angelo in Angelo & Eighteen! Vivre Le Quebec –Vivre Le Quebec libre…!
Hear a full version of Le Sorcier Le Maudit
Hear a full version of Pas Fou
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Beautiful Garden –Dear Miss Mary/Dreaming –Delta D 1019 (1973 NL)
Here’s a real Purepop number with the emphasis on stomping quirky Pop. Dear Miss Mary featuring lead vocals with a strong Bowie/Tigers on Vaseline delivery adding a Glam element especially when also considering what sounds like clog stomping underpinning the beat. There’s also some nice Fuzzy guitar over the strong melody widening its appeal. Dear Miss Mary was written by Alan Decker (Left Side’s bass player). Beautiful Garden was from Schoonhoven, with the band’s name being a direct translation of their hometown. The band was Dick Hegeman (lead vocals), Ron de Wit (bass guitar), Gert v.d. Lagemaat.(guitar), Gerrit Bohré (keys) and Cor Gravestein (drums). It looks like this was the first of 2 singles the band released
Hear a full version of Dear Miss Mary
Sunday, July 20, 2014
The Kingsmen -You Better Do Right/Today –Capitol 3576 (1973 US)
This single came out a long way along The Kingsmen career. It seems that by 1973, they tried to actualise their sound away from the Jolly Green Giant/Louie Louie workouts towards a more contemporary Hard Rock sound. Not sure what permutation of the band was behind this, but on this B side Today they rock out in a surprisingly assured manner with some fine lead guitar. You Better Do Right is also good, more melodic like a cross between the Raspberries I’m a Rocker and a convincing Bob Seger number.
Hear a full version of Today
Hear a full version of You Better Do Right
Monday, July 14, 2014
Wolfman and The Pack -Gimmie Gimmie Good Lovin'/You're So Fine -New Deal NDR 0001-45 (1969 US)
From the wilds of West Kentucky, comes this spirited cover the Crazy Elephant hit. It’s raw and rockin' and features some killer guitar from the 1 minute mark making it the perfect mix of Bubblegum and Hard Rock. Wolfman and The Pack was a long serving outfit featuring Robert “Wolfman” Crider on Guitar and lead Vocals, James Stanfill (bass), Gary Holder on drums and Lannie Wall on the cutting lead guitar. There also had an album out on New Deal as well as another single on Century Records "Give Me Back What's Left of My Heart". The Wolfman passed on a couple of years ago
Hear a full version of Gimmie Gimmie Good Lovin’
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Posting on Purepop sometimes helps to uncover fascinating back stories to hitherto unknown but key releases. In this instance the band members were blown away that their sole private label single was being talked about over 40 years after its initial release and contact was made. The original review can be found here http://purepop1uk.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/tns-times-up.html
Time’s Up is a a remarkable no holds barred overdriven Michigan Rock Classic and the archetypical example of the perfect Proto Punk performance. Following a couple of calls with drummer Dave DeHoog, here’s the lowdown
TNS were born as a trio comprised of Dave DeHoog (drums/lead vocals), Steve Barkwell (bass) and guitarist Randy Nichols. Based in Grand Rapids, the band was formed around Dave and Randy’s friendship. After trying out another couple of guys they met Steve (bass). He didn’t play an instrument but really wanted to be in the band, so Steve went off to buy a Silvertone bass and Randy taught him some basic moves. Dave: “After 6 months he learned so much that we put him in the band. He just took right off…” In 1971 they auditioned Al (lead vocals) who then joined the band
They were known as The TNS Blues Band from 1969 onwards heavily inspired by UK Blues Boom acts such as Chicken Shack or early Fleetwood Mac. But why the name TNS? The reason screams out attitude…Dave: “Originally we would play anywhere including wedding receptions and our music didn’t fit that kind of thing and we were done being yelled at during wedding receptions because the music was too loud. TNS stands for Take No Shit! We are the Take No Shit Blues Band and we are going to play what we want, where we want and we are going to play as loud as we want…”
|Live at Calder Plaza, Grand Rapids 1972|
The change from TNS Blues Band to simple TNS was not due to a shift in direction or even a concerted decision, but due to practicality and graphic design issues! Dave: “There wasn’t room on the label for TNS Blues Band!
Although heavily inspired by the UK blues sound, Michigan/Detroit high energy wasn’t far away Dave: “We used to go and see the MC5 about twice a month, we loved Wayne Kramer and Dennis Thompson, but we weren’t really aware of The Stooges and never saw them. Detroit was about a three hour drive away and there was a lot of talent there…”
The sound on the record is incredibly raw with an exemplary guitar sound. Dave: “When we got to the studio there were 2 engineers. We started rolling in those 100 W Marshall stacks in and that one dude didn’t want anything to do with us and left, so we were just left with one engineer…” That lone engineer did a great job in capturing the performance with the amps cranked up to maximum to get the overdrive and sustain needed. The band played the tracks live in the studio and added the vocals later.
The recording of the single was the only record session they did, but there is a live ¼” tape waiting to be uncovered. Their live set included other originals as well as some choice covers such as MC5’s Ramblin’ Rose or Alice Cooper’s Return of The Spiders along with more bluesy material such as Taste's Catfish Blues or Messin With The Kid. I hope that we will get to hear this live tape one day.
Time caught up with TNS and although they remained friends; by 1974 the band started to dissolve due to other commitments taking precedence. Now 40 years later, TNS are gaining wider interest. Time’s up has since shown up on Michigan Meltdown Volume 2 and may be making another appearance on a Numero group compilation. But there’s still nothing quite like playing Time’s Up as it was intended on a glorious 45.
|From Left to Right -Randy, Dave, Allen and Steve|
Thanks to Dave DeHoog
Hear a full version of Time’s Up
Hear a full version of Telling Your Fortune