"Mandrake Nocturne" - 16 nocturnal nightmares for your neighbours


In The Trashcan Records       GARBAGE167
"In my house of bamboo I can play soul, rock 'n' roll, psychedelia, exotica and other sleaze all night long..."

1. mandrake - mandrake

First of three singles for Columbia, this one from 1960. Instrumental guitar band. See also vol 168 for "The witch's twist".

9. we like birdland - the satellites

Originally it was released on 3 Sons in 1963, but then it was coupled with The Rocket-Tones "Mepri" on Fly Records, the American sublabel of Belgian label Ronnex Records. Great early 60s rock

2. nobody but you - the nite people

Beat band from the UK I know absolutely nothing about. It's a 1966 release on Fontana. Flipside is a version of "Sweet tasting wine", which was also recorded by another UK beat combo, Felder's Orioles, the year before.

10. you're looking good - dee clark

Great uptempo r&b stomper from 1960. He started as singer in bands like The Hambone Kids, The Goldentones, The Kool Gents and The Delegates. In 1957 he went solo and had several top 20 singles.

3. uptown - the chambers brothers

Midtempo soul sleaze from the four brothers (+ Brian Keenan) who surprised us with "Time has come today" a little later. A 1968 release on CBS.

11. please me, squeeze me - ad libitum

Early 70s rock from Belgium with a tiny psychedelic drop on the tongue. It was their sole release, from 1973. "Looky looky" is the flipside.

4. land of a thousand dances - bill haley & the comets

A late sixties Bill Haley in a soulful mood on this Chris Kenner tune from 1962. This was the B-side of "Pancho pancho" (see vol 168). It already appeared on his album "The King of rock" from 1968. This Ember release was from 1970.

12. mepri - rocket-tones

Do the Mepri stomp all night long. Count me in! I can't stop tappin' my toes. A 1963 release on 3 Sons, but this one comes from a split single on Fly Records.

5. house of bamboo - neville taylor

This predates the Andy Williams version of 1959 and the Earl Grant version of 1960. This is undoubtedly one of the best versions I have ever heard. It's from 1958 on Parlophone.

13. millers cave - tommy hill

Hillbilly country tune about the "Wonderful West". It smells like smokey saloons, gun powder  and greasy jeans when the West was still wild and wicked. John Thomas Hill has been running Starday Records for almost two decades. I believe this was recorded around 1970.

6. nocturne for the blues - roman reed

Or a vocal version of "Harlem nocturne" from Belgium. The first "Nocturne of the blues" I know is the one by Mel Tormé. The lyrics to this Earl Hagen standard were writte by Sid Robin. A 1966 release on Frankie Records.

14. looky, looky - ad libitum

Organ driven easy soul-rock sound from 1973  on Belgian label Ronnex Records, owned by Alain Van Hoogten.

7. al capone '76 - the dreadnaughts

Alright, this is from 1976… and the band features Judge Dread… Still it's an excellent version of the classic ska instrumental of Prince Buster. A Sonet release.

15. from the word go - the teenettes

Female novelty vocal group  with at least three singles including this 1959 release on Brunswick. See also vol 173 for the flipside with an extremely long song title "I want a boy with a hi-fi supersonic stereophonic bloop bleep".

8. let it roll pt1 - cliff davis & the turbo-jets

Sleazy guitar instrumental with a sax, a piano and a randy fella. Released on Federal in 1959.

16. let it roll pt2 - cliff davis & the turbo-jets

And here's part two of this titty-twister by Cliff Davis.The Turbo-Jets are the same guys who gave us "Far east cha cha cha" and "So sassy".