"Purple Eyes" - 16 completely different expressions of global pop music from 1964 tot 1969

In The Trashcan Records       GARBAGE141
"Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, France, Israel, UK, US,... youngsters everywhere to explore the outskirts of Pop Town..."

1. lipstick traces - manchester play boys

Two James Brown songs, one Sam & The Pharaohs, and then this 1962 Benny Spellman (written for him by Naomi Neville) song, performed superbly by these alleged Mancunians in 1965. More on vol 140.

9. purple eyes - esther & abi ofarim

Famous duo from Israel with Abraham "Abi" Reichstadt and Esther Zaied who met in 1959 and got married. In 1967 they had a big hit with "Cinderella rockafella". In 1968 this song was put on the B-side of "Never grow old". Two years later they divorced.

2. take me if you want me - the american breed

No, it's not "Bend me shape me", it's more like "The brain". Soulful late 60s rock from 1968.
10. kookie ookie - the sinceres

The "kookie ookie" is a dance. The girls from The Sinceres tell you all about how to dance the kookie ookie. Early 60s release on Columbia.
3. little boy sad - the gants

Sid Herring formed Watchpocket with Steve Cropper (of Booker T & the MG's and The Mar-Keys) after disbanding The Gants in 1969. The Gants formed in 1963 and had a few minor hits. My favorite Gants song is "I wonder". This is standard US garage rock from 1966.
11. hey-o daddy-o - the newbeats

Dean and Marc Mathis formed this trio with Larry Henley in the early 60s and had their first hit in 1964 with "Bread and butter". This hilarious screaming beat tune with a serious nod to a speedy Diddley is their best effort, at least for me and my crazy good taste. See also vol 142.
4. little boy sad - the hitmakers
Danish beat group that had been around for five years when they cut this prime piece of Eurobeat. At the end of their seven-year career they went psychedelic as The Floor. A 1965 Sonet release. My personal fave Hitmakers recording is their version of "Tricky dicky".

12. leslie's jerk - jacques loussier
Dirk Sanders was the director of the movie "Tu seras terriblement gentille" and Loussier recorded the film score. Great late 60s groove instrumental. See also vol 140 for his best recording.
5. don't take the lovers from the world - flip cartridge

Only four singles on his account, this being his debut release from 1966, the flipside to "Dear Mrs Applebee". A cheesy pop tune by an artist who ended his career with the single "Loserville".
13. oh so wrong - fred de groot with eddie & the eddysons
From a flexi-disc issued in 1967, to promote the non-smoking campaign. Eddie Ouwens and his Eddysons, including Fred de Groot, the writer of this pop song.
6. give me love - the foundations

London outfit, multi-racial like The Equals, whose first single was their biggest hit "Baby, now that I've found you". This B-side is much better than the lame A-side. A Pye release from 1969.
14. soul time, part II - the packers
Terrific soul jazz instrumental featuring a stunning saxophone and a hot Hammond organ having a great (soul) time. A Tangerine Records release from 1968.
7. back door man - derek

Derek was a band formed by singer Johnny Cymbal, born John Blair in Scotland. At the age of 48 he died in Nashville, Tennessee. He had two singles, "Cinnamon" and this "Back door man", but each time there was another flipside and sometimes even split-single releases. And in Italy the two songs were put on one single to make it even more complicated. This late 60s pop tune was first released on Bang Records in 1966.
15. bongo man - paul simul & the tenderfoot kids
Written by Pierre Raepsaet aka Rapsat and member of Jenghiz Khan. Backing band here is The Tenderfoot Kids from Liège (remember their "Time is up"). From 1969. See also vol 135.
8. melody for you - the grassroots

Typical late 60s folk rock with occasional horns towards soul orientated pop. This is from 1968.
16. la vie est un combat, a chacun pour soi - noel deschamps
"I want you back again" sung in French by yéyé-beat hero (almost as brilliant as Ronnie Bird). Originally by Rod Argent's Zombies in 1965. See also vol 139 for other tracks from this 1966 EP.