"Fire Child" - 16 late 60s garage, popsike and bubblegum soul songs


In The Trashcan Records       GARBAGE195
"In the land of music the fire child is wigglin' and gigglin' when free tears are tightened up by visions of good lovin'..."

1. fire child - o.p.m.c.

Psychedelic rock trio from Holland. O.P.M.C. stands for Oldest Professional Music Company. "Fire child" is also included on their debut album "Amalgamation", both from 1970 on Pink Elephant.

9. land of music - the strangers

Promo release from 1966 on the KR label. Both sides is the same track. Not so wild mid-60s pop tune by a band that also recorded for Chattahooochee, Warner Brothers, Jubilee and Linda Records (a Stones cover, "Tell me").

2. free - the new colony six

Psychedelic garage pop from Chicago by a band that had a minor breakthrough with their first album "Breakthrough". Three more albums followed and at least twenty singles between 1966 and 1972. This was from 1969.

10. tighten up - sterling magee

No, not the Majestics tune. A fabulous funky r&b cut from 1967. Oh, in the 90s he recorded as Satan in Satan & Adam, with Adam Gussow, or is that another Sterling McGee?

3. tears - the wailers

A 1965 garage rock tune by these Pacific Northwest heroes. They put Seattle/Tacoma on the guitar music map. Even Kurt Cobain liked them. A United Artists release from 1966, that already appeared on their album "Wailers Wailers everywhere".

11. that's how it is - the girls three

Rare soul tune from 1966. I assume they had only this release on Chess. See vol 193 for the flipside.

4. good lovin' - brenton wood

Northern soul song by Brenton Wood (and not Breton as written on the label), born Alfred Smith in Louisiana. My first encounter with this singer was his cover version of The Count V's "Psychotic reaction". A fantastic Brent release from 1966.

12. how is it done - the riot squad

For some only interesting because of the David Bowie link and that Graham Bonney was their singer for a while. This is the B-side of their fourth single "Cry cry cry" produced by Joe Meek. This London outfit  recorded it for Pye in 1966.

5. visions - jennifer's friends

Slow popsike tune from their sole 45 on Buddah Records. See vol 199 for the better side.

13. good morning freedom - daybreak

Was this their sole output? Bubblegum pop from 1970 on Uni.

6. late night set - the shadows

If I'm correct, this is a single-only track, B-side of "I met a girl". Great guitar instrumental from 1965 by the UK kings of instrumental rock 'n' roll. See vol 193 for the flipside.

14. ben franklin's almanac - the cryan shames

The better known the "hit side", the lesser known the flipside, which is full of fuzz guitar solos and rhythm beat guitars. The A-side is "Sugar and spice", recorded in 1966.

7. bye, bye, bye - the tikis

West Coast pop from Santa Cruz by this pre-Harper's Bizarre group. A Warner Bros release from 1966. See also vol 193.

15. the rub-a-dub - the fifth estate

Connecticut band that had a Top 20 hit in the US with "Ding! Dong! The witch is dead". This is the much better flipside. I liked the band more when they were still called The D-Men. A 1967 Jubilee release.

8. sharon - paul revere & the raiders

A young Mark Lindsay sings about "Sharon" in this 1961 Gardenia release. It was their second single, the start of a successful career that lasted a decade.

16. wigglin' and gigglin' - roy head

Soulful pop song with horns, sax and a catchy groove with a splendid fuzz guitar break in the middle. A 1966 release on Back Beat.