"Blow Up Twangs" - 16 pre-Beatles tunes to blow up your twang

In The Trashcan Records       GARBAGE107
"This volume combines well known artists and long forgotten bands on major labels and tiny independent labels in those early days before a new beat took over musical land..." 

1. twangy - the rock-a-teens

Great instrumental released a couple of months after "Woo hoo" in 1959, which was made world famous by The's in the Tarantino movie Kill Bill. Twangy should have been in the movie as well, I think. Flidside is "Doggone it, baby". From Richmond, Virginia.

9. beep! beep! - louis prima 

Sam Butera and his band The Witnesses helped out Louis Prima in 1958 on this terrific crazy novelty space tune. Here it was coupled with "Marie Marie", sometimes you'll find with on the "Buena sera" 45.

2. bonnie guitar - ronnie & the renegades

A fantastic 1958 release. It's on the same label that gave us "Ya habibi" by The Sheiks. I love this crazy exotic instrumental, produced by Jim Ford.
10. big bad john - jimmy dean

Texan country singer Jimmy Dean's recording output is immense. Started in 1953 he was already a well known artist when he recorded this chart topper in 1961, which became one of his biggest hits. But the rest of the world never heard of him, except for the UK where this song became a big hit as well.
3. poor little rhode island - dale hawkins

B-side of "Every little girl" this poppy 1960 tune is unlike the songs we normally think of when we hear Dale Hawkins. Remember his "Tornado" and of course "Susie Q". Born Delmar Allen Hawkins in 1936 he became a successful record producer a couple of years later.
11. little bitty big john - jimmy dean

And one year later he released this one, which is very similar, but only as a b-side to "Steel men". In 1963 The Jimmy Dean Show made him even a bigger star.
4. blop-up - cozy cole

This drummer and band leader needs no introduction. He had been playing in numerous jazz combos already when he decided to release his own recordings at the age of 38. Two years later in 1959, this instrumental King release came out. Oh, the flipside's called "Blop down".
12. mais oui - the king brothers
Accompanied by Geoff Love & his orchestra (as on half of their releases), this band started recording in 1957 until a decade later. For me this 1960 release is just feel-good music for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
5. red headed woman - the jokers

This is not the Belgian Jokers; this is a US combo. They play a fine '61 rendition of the Sonny Burgess rockabilly hit, which was also covered by The Cramps in their early days when they backed up James Dickinson. On vol 109 you'll get the flipside.
13. ain't these tears? - wade flemons
Most of his recorded solo output was on Vee Jay Records, from 1958 till 1964. Later on he recorded some Northern soul classics such as "Jeannette" in 1968, before co-founding Earth, Wind & Fire in 1971. In the Belgian popcorn scene this 1962 B-side of "I hope, I think, I wish" was very well known.
6. high hat rock - the silver-tones

Fantastic sax wailin' instrumental rocker from 1959 featuring a dreamy organ and wild drum beats. I don't know anything about this band. On vol 144 I've put their excellent "Arabian rock".
14. i can - the tony martinez quintet
Great bongo mambo instrumental tune on RCA written by Eddie Cano (which he put on his Mucho Piano album), bu there it is on a 45 by The Tony Martinez Quintet as flipside to Tony's own composition "Hollywood mambo".
7. a lost soul - the strangers

I love Joel Hill's The Strangers. Each and every 45 is fabulous. "A lost soul" is no exception. The slow twangy guitar licks are so mesmerizing it's no suprise that The Strangers were one of Poison Ivy's favourite bands. Released on California's Titan label in 1961.
15. marianne - the entertainers
I LOVE "The fuddy duddy walk" which already appeared on the compilation "Shaftman". Flip over that 45 and you'll get the equally funny novelty tune "Marianne". A couple of crazy girls were asked to sing along on this Catch release. Sound engineer was Jack Nitzsche.
8. morse code - the intruders

This should have been on Strummin' Mental, the best series of wild rock instrumentals from that era between rockabilly and beat. 1961 was a magical year for instrumental combos. Even the A-side is surprising; it contains a bizar version of the traditional "Camptown rock".
16. achoo-cha-cha - the mcguire sisters
One of Xavier Cugat's finest recordings ever was "Gesundheit". This is the same song, with different lyrics, and sung by these three sisters who were very popular in the mid-50s. I was surprised to see it was only a B-side of "May you always", a boring ballad.