Wednesday, 12 March 2008
From Ottawa this exotic sounding band don't quite live up to what you'd expect, but do offer a couple of cool garage poppers, with pretty cool guitar on I Feel So Fine.
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
Steve Akin cut quite an impressive figure being a chunky 5ft 6in with curly blonde hair. By all accounts he was a playboy lovin', pot smoking, fearless, trash talking, hedonistic free spirit, who lived life to the full. He was known on occasion to tell the whoever was in the passenger seat to take over the driving while he leapt from the moving car into a hot girls passing car. Always with his guitar, a blonde Rickenbacker 360 played through a Vox Beatle, he had a love of Soul and R&B. Always one to speak his mind and with no tact for authority, Ed Starkey describes him as "one of the most free living individuals God ever let loose. It was all about him and he still made you love him & laugh."
Akin cut two 45s for Ash: "Baby You're A Habit I Gotta Break/Take Your Time (Ash A-2001. 1969)" & "It's Heavy/I'm Trippin' Alone (Ash A-2002. 1970)". I've yet to hear the first 45, but by all accounts its more in the blues rock vein than the superb psychedelic hippie rock of the second 45. Incidentally the address listed on the label for Ash records (9300 Conger St, Houston) was Steve's home at the time.
Ed was taking his tour of Vietnam at the time Steve recorded the 45s, but Bill Ditto played Bass on the disk. I'm unsure the other personnel. Bill unfortunately passed away in 2005.