"Where is my mind" - 16 mind-blowing monsters



In The Trashcan Records       GARBAGE86
"Sixteen tracks from twelve 45s from 1966 to 1973 that'll blow your mind. They all do well at sixties parties and their values are increasing year after year, but who cares.... It's just good ol' fuzz guitar, organ drenched, mind blowing monsters from outer jukebox..."

Calla C161 from 1968 1. i’m alive – johnny thunder

If you are a fan of 60s parties, you know this song. And probably it's the brilliant Don Fardon version every DJ thinks he ought to play. Nevertheless the original recording is by Tommy James & The Shondells. As I prefer heavier/cruder sounds than most Brit-minded people, my favourite "I'm alive" is the one by Johnny Thunder from 1968. And yes, it's the same guy who gave us "Loop de loop" five years earlier.
9. verbal expressions of t.v. – johnny thunder

A great soul tune by Mr. Loop De Loop himself. And this song’s also known as "If you didn’t hear me the first time, I’ll say it again". On a future volume you’ll get the Sandpebbles version, also from 1968!

Calla C161 from 1968
Tower 505 from 1969 2. come on rain – noel

One of the best two-siders on Tower (both sides written by John Reid) and as far as I know it was his sole release. It’s an uptempo fuzz garage punker with fabulous organ sounds. I loved this from the very first moment I heard it.

10. hey yesterday where’s my mind – noel

Unlike the flip "Come on rain" this is a slow paced folkpsych tune I like a lot. And I doubt you’ll ever hear this at a party, or you should’ve been where I was deejaying. Sometimes I play this at the end of the party.

Tower 505 from 1969
Capitol P2143 from 1968 3. death row – bob seger system

Bob Seger has recorded many good sides on different labels. This one, however, is one of his wildest and is a dancefloor fave : first class psychedelic garage written by the man himself. A highly underrated artist, even within the 60s garage community. Also the b-side = “2+2= ?” was written by Bob Seger.

11. we’re all meat from the same bone – david clayton thomas

Another b-side (of “Sing a song”), a funky organ-led bone crusher from as late as 1972. David will always be remembered as a Blood, Sweat & Tears member.

CBS CBS7961 from 1972
Barclay 121453J 4. silver machine – lambs and wolves

I’ve always loved Hawkwind’s "Silver machine" and this version is even crazier. I have no idea when this was released and I don’t know anything either about the band. Perhaps it’s a French outfit as it was released on a French label. Now look out for the flipside, also on this volume.

12. school’s out – lambs and wolves

Even if you’re not an Alice Cooper fan, you’ll love this rendition. I prefer this to the original. I wonder if these guys have released more crazy cover versions like this and "Silver machine".

Barclay 121453J
Polydor 2050 275 from 1973 5. lucifera – lemming

I’m a huge fan of Lucifera, the female vampire cartoon. Maybe these guys too. There aren’t so many good Lemming recordings, but this 4 minutes glam rock vamp tune is too good to ignore. On the flip you’ll find “I feel free”, not the Cream song.

13. the pearl – jerry o
As b-side of “Karate boo-ga-loo” (and of course written and produced by Jerry "Jerrio" Murray himself) this great instrumental boogaloo tune hasn’t received the attention it should have. Originally on Shout and without his companion Tom. See also vols 14 and 46 for Tom & Jerrio tracks.

Stateside HSS1225 from 1967
Decca 23.900 from 1970 6. the yellow moon is high – father’s brown

This b-side of “Maybe baby” is from their sole release on the Belgian Decca division. Typical late sixties popsike with a great guitar solo during the break. Let’s call this laid back tiki popsike.

14. higher and higher – the moving finger

This 45 is quite hard to find nowadays because of its b-side, the well known cover version of “Shake and finger pop”, to be found on several comps. Also this cover version of Motown classic "Your love keeps lifting me higher and higher" is A1 dancefloor stuff.

Mercury MF1077 from 1969
Philips 40381 from 1966 7. once upon your smile – richard & the young lions

This b-side of “Open up your door” which is available of several comps (and if you ever have the chance to listen to The Sinners’ version from 1985) is a spine chilling ballad. The singer of this five-piece from New Jersay was Richard Tepp. Both sides were written by the band. It was the first of three releases, all on Philips.

15. sinbad the sailor – the tidal wave

On Buddah it’s not only Kasenetz-Katz, but also Elliot Chiprut who wrote and produced a lot of recordings like these two sides (b-side = “Searching for love”). It starts as a typical uptempo Motown soul gem, but then the bubblegum teenieboppin’ vocals show up and then you wonder why this wasn’t used in The Blues Brothers (just a matter of gooooooooood taste, huh?) This band should not be confused with the several bands called The Tidal Waves.

Buddah BDA46
Basart BB618 from 1968 8. woman don’t love me – the swallows

Another super rare Belgian garage beat stomper. They had at least one other 45 on another Belgian label, Weekend. After this release they reformed as The Bunch (see vol 98). Their best song is also on this volume.

16. you – the swallows

This 1968 platter is one of the best Belgian 60s discoveries from the last 10 years. I heard it once years and years ago, but I didn't know who it was. The Swallows' lead guitaris Ray Bossaer wrote both sides. He said they got the band's name because they used to perform at a striptease club. After the Beatles in 1961 Hamburg, they were the second continental beat band. Six years later they stopped with this fantastic slice of popsike. And reappeared as The Bunch in 1971 (see vol 98).
Basart BB618 from 1968