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The Trashmen — What's In A Name?

Profile by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, April 1964


Paul Revere & The Raiders: Tall Tale of Paul Revere Not to Mention His Raiders

Profile and Interview by uncredited writer, KRLA Beat, July 1965

SIXTEEN YEAR-old Paul Revere tossed a typewriter out of the window, thusly realizing his youthful ambition to get expelled from school. ...

The Leaves: These Leaves Aren't Falling

Interview by Ann Moses, Rhythm 'n' News, September 1965

NONCHALANCE is the only word that can accurately sum up the new group, the Leaves. ...

The Mojo Men: Mojo Men Seek New Gold Rush

Profile by Carol Deck, KRLA Beat, November 1965

THEY CAME from New York and Florida like pioneers heading West and now they are seeking their place in the scene. ...

The Shadows Of Knight: Shadows Of Knight Win 'Gloria' Race

Profile and Interview by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, May 1966

THEY HAVE shut down Them with their recording of 'Gloria'. They're the first rock group to come out of Chicago and really make a sizable ...

The Beatles, The Remains: The Remains: Beatle Tour — 'Like Playing In A Closet'

Interview by Rochelle Reed, KRLA Beat, September 1966

"PLAYING THE Beatle tour was like performing in a closet with the lights off," confessed Briggs, one of the Remains who wandered up to The ...

Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels: The Soul Of Ryder

Profile and Interview by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, December 1966

MANY TRY but few white entertainers really succeed in singing the blues as they should be sung. The blues which come from deep inside seem ...

The Rationals: One of Detroit's Real 'In' Groups

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, July 1967

WHO DOES Mitch Ryder demand back him up when he does a special appearance in Detroit without his band? Who stole the show at the ...

The Sonics: Boom

Review by Gene Sculatti, Fusion, November 1971

  She's got long black hairAnd a big black carI know what you're thinkin'But you won't get far!She's gonna make you itch'Cause she's a witch! ...

The Trashmen: Carrying That Weight With The Trashmen

Retrospective by Metal Mike Saunders, unpublished, 1972

2003 intro: This was an unpublished piece, wherein I strung together actual Dave Marsh phrases from his Bob Dylan polemics (in CREEM) under the name ...

Kenny & The Kasuals, The Litter, The Sonics: The Sonics, Kenny & The Kasuals, The Litter reissues

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Fusion, July 1972

The Sonics: Here Are The Sonics (Etiquette 024); Kenny & The Kasuals: Live at the Studio Club (Mark 5000); The Litter: Distortions (Warwick 671) ...

The Standells: The Blue Max, Van Nuys, California

Live Review by Mark Shipper, Phonograph Record, November 1972

IT WAS the best kept secret in town, but yessir, the Standells came through here a couple of weeks ago to play their tough-as-nails brand ...

Various Artists: Nuggets (Elektra)

Review by Ben Edmonds, Creem, November 1972

I LEARNED ABOUT golden oldie collections the hard way. I was all of eleven, and had finally managed to figure out what that noise coming ...

The Sonics: Explosives (BuckShot Records)

Review by Mark Shipper, Phonograph Record, June 1973

SUPPOSE I TOLD you there actually existed a band at one time (say around 1965) who sounded like (but better than) the Kinks on 'All ...

13th Floor Elevators, The Chocolate Watch Band, The Sonics, The Standells: The Shakin’ Street Punk Survey

Overview by uncredited writer, Shakin' Street Gazette, November 1974

THIS IS YOUR BIG CHANCE! Yes, it’s all coming back. Following the rock & roll revival, the surf music revival, and the reggae revival, the ...

The Sonics: Have Love, Will Travel: In Praise of the Sonics

Retrospective by Metal Mike Saunders, Gulcher, July 1975

IT ALL STARTS with Richard Berry. He never received a Nobel Prize for writing 'Louie Louie', but to this day it beats me why – ...

White Punks on Coke

Overview by Mick Houghton, Let It Rock, December 1975

THE TERM PUNK is bandied about an awful lot these days. It seems to describe almost any rock performer who camps it up to any ...

The Amboy Dukes, Cannibal & The Headhunters, The Chocolate Watch Band, The Electric Prunes, Bobby Fuller Four, The , The Good Rats, The Knickerbockers, ? and the Mysterians, The Remains, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, The Seeds, The Shadows Of Knight, The Standells, 13th Floor Elevators: The A-Z of Punk

Overview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, July 1976

THE ORIGINAL idea behind this A-Z was to try and provide a guide to 'punk' as it's now generally understood, i.e. as much a question ...

Roky Erickson (1978)

Interview by Howie Klein, KSAN San Francisco, April 1978

The deeply batty Mr Erickson terrorizes KSAN's presenters, shouts at listener's phoning in, and breaks into "song".

File format: mp3; file size: 41.1mb, interview length: 44' 48" sound quality: ****

The Seeds: Merlin's Music Box

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, April 1978

In which Sounds scribes bring long ignored or deleted albums to your attention. No star rating necessary – naturally, they're all Very Important Platters ...

The Stooges: No Fun (Elektra)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, August 1980

POINTLESS, PERHAPS so late as to be irrelevant, maybe. An opportunity missed, certainly. No Fun is all these things, I guess, but it does provide ...

The Fleshtones: Pleasures of the Flesh

Profile and Interview by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, September 1980

THE FLESHTONES have the spirit that has always moved great pop music. They have the raw enthusiasm, the exuberance, the slight touch of madness. They ...

Velvet Underground: Everything You've Ever Heard About… (VU Records)

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, December 1982

THE LEGEND rolls on and on, the more it grows the more it encourages. In the context of the semi-legal this was the one we'd ...

The Scientists: Grunge Going Global

Report and Interview by Clinton Walker, Rolling Stone (Australia), 1983

THE NEWS THAT the Scientists are about to leave Australia — as permanently as is possible — will doubtless barely cause a ripple in Oz-rocks ...

Trash: A Spanner In The Works

Report and Interview by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, April 1983

ONE DAY soon the borough fathers of Brixton will unveil a plaque outside the Garage, Friday night fixture at The Frontline Theatre. A dignified crowd, ...

The Chocolate Watch Band, The Fleshtones, The Standells: The Fleshtones: Hexbreaker!, plus Standells and Chocolate Watch Band best-ofs

Review by Mitchell Cohen, Creem, November 1983

WE'VE HEARD THIS before, and the Fleshtones know it: "Your scene isn't really so strange/Some things never really change." Hornet-nest guitar. Gnarly vocals. Lyrics that ...

The Fleshtones Let the '60s All Hang Out

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1984

CAN THE FLESHTONES prosper in today's slick, sophisticated pop world of Michael Jackson and Boy George? Percentage players would probably bet against the irreverent New ...

The Nomads: Outburst (What Goes On)*****

Review by Lindsay Hutton, Sounds, November 1984

BROTHERS AND sisters, to witness the Nomads in action is to believe! And hearing them on record is quite an experience as this, their very ...

The Fuzztones: Fuzztones: Lysergic Emanations

Review by Lindsay Hutton, Sounds, April 1985

HEY HEY hey everybody. You were stunned by their debut 45 and transfixed by the live mini album. Here, with the advent of the group's ...

The Seeds: Where Are They Now: Sky Saxon

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, September 1985

The leader of the Seeds was 'Pushin' Too Hard' in the Sixties; now he'd into 'flower heaven power'. ...

The Sonics: Here Are The Sonics

Review by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, July 1986

MUDDY WATERS, he said, "I'm smokin' TNT, I'm drinkin' dynamite/I hope some schoolboy will start a fight." Maybe Washington's The Sonics were the answer to ...

Paul Revere & The Raiders' Mark Lindsay (1990)

Interview by Tom Graves, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1990

The Raiders' front-guy takes us back to Seattle garage-punk, the British invasion, long hair and costumes, Dick Clark's Where the Action Is... and, er, the entire history of '60s US pop!

File format: mp3; file size: 92.6mb, interview length: 1h 41' 05" sound quality: ****

13th Floor Elevators, Roky Erickson: His Own Private Realm: Roky Erickson

Interview by Tom Hibbert, MOJO, June 1995

Come with us now to the home of erstwhile 13th Floor Elevator Roky Erickson: a little shack on the outskirts of reality. And marvel how, ...

? and the Mysterians: Phone Home: ? and the Mysterians

Interview by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, February 1997

"WHOA! IT'S WILD that you called today. Little Frank, the original organist in The Mysterians, has just rejoined the band. He was down in Texas ...

The Outsiders: Wally Tax of the Outsiders: An Interview

Interview by Richie Unterberger, Ugly Things, 1998

OF ALL THE GREAT BANDS who sang in English as a second language in the 1960s, the Outsiders were the coolest. It's a subjective judgment, ...

I Heard a New World

Essay by Greg Shaw, Nuggets II (Rhino Records), 2001

GROWING UP in America in the '60s, I was surrounded by garage bands, and although I never realized how many more there were across the ...

The Electric Prunes

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music, 2001

James Lowe, b. San Luis Obispo, California, USA; Mark Tulin, b. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Ken Williams, b. Long Beach, California; Preston Ritter, b. Stockton, California; Weasel ...

The Seeds

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music, 2001

Sky Saxon, b. Richard Marsh; Daryl Hooper; Jon Savage; Rick Andridge ...

The White Stripes: London Loves Us: The White Stripes

Report and Interview by Robin Bresnark, Detroit Metro Times, August 2001

DETROIT, YOU HAVE a secret admirer. Admittedly, we're not terribly local, not all of us are single, and you certainly wouldn't want to come round ...

Red Krayola: The Other Sixties Garage Gods: Red Krayola

Retrospective by Bill Bentley, Austin Chronicle, December 2002

GARAGE ROCK is a hard elephant to describe, in the light or in the dark. In some ways, almost everything qualifies. In others, nothing quite ...

The Hives: Stronger Than Dirt: The Secret History Of Garage Punk

Overview by Joss Hutton, Sonic Reducer, 2003

Joss Hutton recalls nearly 40-years of ramalama greatness, from 'Louie Louie' to 'Main Offender' ...

Billy Childish (2003)

Interview by Richard North, Rock's Backpages Audio, November 2003

The East Kent artict/musician talks at length about being an outsider, his political and philosophical views, and Tracey Emin's "shitty old disco tent from Millets".

File format: mp3; file size: 45.1mb, interview length: 1h 43' 03" sound quality: **

Jet (Australia): Drunks from Down Under take over the garage: Jet's Get Born

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Village Voice, The, April 2004

WELL! MY MY MY. Let's take a head count of the biggest names in the way overhyped "garage band" revival: the Hives, the Strokes, the ...

The Seeds: Sky Saxon & The Seeds: The Cluny, Newcastle

Live Review by Rahul Shrivastava,, October 2005

IF YOU'VE EVER seen the early Jack Nicholson film Psych Out (1968), you'll remember the acid trip scene in the graveyard, where a funeral procession ...

The Ettes: Joli Rouge, Asheville

Live Review by Fred Mills, Harp, January 2007

L.A.-BASED three-piece the Ettes surfaced last year with their official full-length debut Shake the Dust, issued by the ever-reliably maverick label Sympathy For the Record ...

The Sonics: Forum, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo! Music, March 2008

CALL IT DENIAL if you like, but sometimes you have nothing to gain and a hell of a lot to lose if a band you've ...

The Seeds: Sky Saxon 1937-2009: A Belated Tribute to an Acid-Punk Icon

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, June 2009

Lost in the the shock and hysteria of Michael Jackson's death was the scant reportage of another pop passing: that of crazed LA garage-pop ...

? and the Mysterians: ? & the Mysterians: Life on Mars

Report and Interview by Bill Holdship, Detroit Metro Times, July 2009

'96 TEARS' IS one of the greatest rock 'n' roll songs in the history of the genre. In fact, it may be the greatest. John Lennon reportedly ...

The Seeds: Real Gone: Sky Saxon

Obituary by Kirk Silsbee, MOJO, September 2009

SKY SAXON, the colorful lead singer and sometime bassist of the Seeds, one of the great Sunset Strip bands of the 1960s, died June 25 ...

Various Artists: Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968 (Rhino)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, October 2009

LENNY KAYE CAN'T have had any idea what he was starting when he compiled his original Nuggets double album of psychedelic "artyfacts" back in 1972. ...

Remembering Greg Shaw

Memoir by Mark Shipper, Rock's Backpages, April 2012

WELL, I CAN'T STAND IT ANYMORE. Deep in the back of my head I have this Karmic debt I owe to Greg Shaw for setting ...

The Seeds: 22420 Pacific Coast Highway: Tales of Tim Hudson, Sky Saxon… and Ian Botham

Memoir by Mick Middles, Rock's Backpages, July 2012

STICK-THIN, clad in purple and black. Leather trousers, knee-length boots. Boney, bug-eyed, skank hair, dead face, white cheeks. This strange man was telling me to ...

Nuggets: Psych Rock's Pimply Origins

Retrospective by David Dalton, Classic Rock, September 2015

LOST TEEN civilisation uncovered! Garage band rock and its mutant spawn, psych rock, a pimply, snotty, inspired, glue-sniffing teen culture that flourished in the last ...

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