Friday, 7 September 2007

Beauchemins - My Lovin' Baby

Beauchemins - My Lovin' Baby (Mustang 3015. 1966)

Folk rock and jangle from these Sunset Strip regulars. Lead singer Paul Marshall went on to join 'Good Morning Starshine' era Straberry Alarmclock.

Shags - Tell Me

Shags - Tell Me (Kayden 407. 1967)

Here's a great fuzzed out number from the "Breathe In My Ear" Guys.

Coastliners - Alright

Coastliners - Alright (Backbeat 554. 1965)

From Houston, Texas. "Alright" is a superb upbeat garage number.

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Cliches - Why, Why, Why

Cliches - Why, Why, Why (Wes Mar 1020. 1966)

Cool moody folk-punk from Ohio.

Brother Nigel's Proxy Party - Look At The Floor

Brother Nigel's Proxy Party - Look At The Floor (Fantasy. 1969)

Band member Bob Liepman kindly got in touch to share some recollections about his time in the band

Bob graduated high school in 1967 just as Sgt. Pepper came out. His brother was studying at Berkeley at the time and he hitched rides with him to see bands at the Hullabaloo on the Sunset Strip. He later went on to cruising LA and the Strip catching all the major bands at the time, with The Yellow Payges being a particular favourite.

Despite being a trained cellist Bob hooked up with a local garage band. Using his sisters acoustic guitar he was soon playing along and singing lead. The band started out with covers of Motown, Creedence and British Invasion bands and eventually evolved into Brother Nigel's Proxy Party.

The band hit the Sunset Strip and soon were house band at Gazzari's on the Strip, billed as Brother Nigel's Proxy Party, The Berries and Band of Angels. This residency lasted for over two years. During this time the band also played a gig at a Palm Springs High School reunion, where one of Del Shannons band heard them play. On their return to LA Del checked the band out, but soon after his career took off again and nothing came of the meeting.

Fantasy was a Jazz label who had suddenly found themselves high in the charts with a CCR. The label were on the look for more bands to ride the coat tails of CCR in the new rock market and picked up Brother Nigel's for a one off 45 deal. 'Look At The Floor' reached #40 in Stockton, CA and was picked up as the theme tune to an underground FM Show, but Fantasy were stretched to the limit with Creedence had little time to dedicate to it's other artists and the record stalled.

The band continued to gig, with Bob recreating the cello parts onstage by tuning his Les Paul Jr to mandocello tuning (up a 5th, technically an octave mandolin). The band made some home and live recordings but failed to undertake anymore studio sessions. A fire in a club the band were playing destroyed all their equipment and instruments, and despite valiantly carrying on with borrowed equipment they soon called it a day.

Bob went on to join Venice band The Canaligators, who performed "foot-stompin' boogie music" and were a popular live draw, regularly playing during Mardis Gras. They were also the only unsigned band to appear on the Midnight Special TV show.

Bob continues to perform and record as 'Bob and Wendy'. Lead singer Grayson Wray is still involved in music in LA.

Ken Stella - Hey, Hey Where You Goin'?

Ken Stella - Hey, Hey Where You Goin'? (Decca 732486. 1969)

Ken knocks out a cool mover with a Bo Diddley beat.

Flip "I Wanna Spend My Whole Life Loving You" is an upbeat pop number.

Monday, 3 September 2007

The Flock

Before they signed with CBS and the horn rot set in The Flock knocked out a couple of good garage 45s for Destination, including the excellent "Got To Hold On To My Mind" and the cool "I Like You/Are you The Kind" double sided folk rocker.

Unfortunately their last 45 in Destination "Take Me Back/Each Day Is A Lonely Night" points towards the direction they were heading in.

Are You The Kind / I Like You (Destination 631. 1966)

Can't You See / Hold On To My Mind (Destination 628. 1966)