Thursday, 23 August 2007

Thee Midniters - Whittier Blvd.

Thee Midniters - Whittier Blvd.(Chattahoochie 684. 1965)

I've just started reading the Excellent "Riot On Sunset Strip" by Domenic Priore so let's have a couple of LA bands today.

Out of LA's East Side, Thee Midniters should need no introduction.

Based around The Stones '2120 South Michigan Avenue' and singing the praises of the East Side car cruising spot, this was a minor hit in '65. Why arn't there songs as cool as this in the charts these day!

Ambertones - Clap Your Hands / Cruise

Ambertones - Clap Your Hands / Cruise (Newman 601. 1965)

The Ambertones were also part of LA's East Side scene, which consited mainly of Hispanic bands. "Clap You Hands" is a great frantic number, while mainly instrumental b-side smokes along nicely.

Monday, 20 August 2007

Help - Keep In Touch / Run Away

Help - Keep In Touch / Run Away (Decca 32783. 1971)

Another good rock number, with a touch of psych. Help were a christian band that featured Chet McCracken who later went on to drum for the Doobie Brothers. They cut a couple of LP's, but I've yet to hear them.


Here's a couple of late 60's releases from another band I know nothing about. We're talking rock here, rather than psych, with Stoney Mountain being a particularly cool funky rock track.

Stoney Mountain / I'm The One (Outburst 101)

Heavy Church / Who Am I (Outburst 103)