Plug it in. Crank it up. It’s time for a K-Chuck Radio show with a lot of nasty guitar work. Hear that guitar snarling and growling and everything. Garage band music, psychedelic stuff, you name it, here it is. And we start with a local band…
THE GRAY THINGS
You might know this band as the “Shandels” from the 1960’s, but thanks to producer and WABY employee Lee Gray, for one single record they became known as the Gray Things.
THE PERPETUAL MOTION WORKSHOP
Won’t Come Down
A Los Angeles psychedelic rock band, this was their only 45.
THE W.C. FIELDS MEMORIAL ELECTRIC STRING BAND
Hippy Elevator Operator
Probably the nastiest guitar lick on a pop 45, even if the record was produced at Hanna-Barbera’s record label – yes, THAT Hanna-Barbera. What, you think all they did was make Flintstones cartoons?
This was a surf band from Australia, their major claim to fame was the instrumental “Bombosa.” In their home land, this was a major Top 40 hit.
The Haunted, from Montreal, had this killer track that appeared on many garage rock compilations. If you’re wondering what a “1-2-5” is, well… the lyrics might give you a clue.
Kick Out the Jams
Do you know how long it took me to find a clean version of this song? A lot longer than it should have…
MOUSE (and the Traps)
A Public Execution
Seminal garage rock band from Texas, Mouse and the Traps received a lot of notoriety for this song “A Public Execution,” even if it wasn’t more than just a regional hit.
THE CHERRY SLUSH
I Cannot Stop You
From Saginaw, Michigan, this was the Cherry Slush’s biggest and only hit; by the time they recorded a follow-up track, their record label went bankrupt.
Some serious “freakbeat” sound from this UK group, with a killer riff that has outlasted the group – you can still hear it in television commercials and in Girl Talk sample pastiches.
I Can’t Get Over You
And finally, we wrap up with this track by the ultra-rare and blink-if-you-missed-them band The Monks. One of these days, I’ll add their album Black Monk Time to my list of afterlife albums, but for now, just groove to this.
Hope this guitar-rock tincture helps you dance through the day, on today’s edition of K-Chuck Radio!