"Groep 1850 was a Dutch psychedelic rock band. The band was founded in 1964 in The Hague by the name Klits and renamed Groep 1850 in 1966, when their debut single, "Misty Night" / "Look Around", appeared on the tiny Yep label."
Alright, folks- I'm back with a handful of more intriguing covers tunes. This install focuses on the lighter side of beat and folk rock.
First off, we have Blackpool, UK's Rockin' Vickers- a band made infamous for dressing up as priests (vicars) and also including none other than Hawkwind/ Motorhead 's Lemmy Kilmister (Ian Willis) on guitar. The group were no different musically than the dozens of other beat groups recording in the UK during the mid-60s. The a-side of their final single was this cool version of the Ray Davies/ Kinks klassic which was also kovered by Herman's Hermits and made into a big international hit. The Vickers version is far superior in my opinion, as it maintains the English whimsy but adds some grit.
Hailing from Detroit suburb Oak Park, MI, The Shy Guys waxed a great version of the Gene Clark/ Byrds classic "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better" in 1967, putting an emphasis on the folk side of folk rock, with predominant acoustic guitar replacing the jingle jangle twelve string electric. The group had an excellent drums who really hits it hard, and the group contributes some excellent backing vocals, and they cap the song off nicely with a coda of their own making. The lead singer is no Gene Clark, but he does a very passable job nonetheless.
I would have reckoned that Los Angeles' "E" Types learned the Lennon/ McCartney composition from Cilla Black's recording. Not so, apparently: one of the members of The 'E" Types posted the song on his youtube page and mentioned that a member of the group read music well, spotted the Lennon-McCartney song in sheet music form and arranged a very nice version of it from there in 1966. This was several years before anyone outside of the Beatles inner circle had heard the Beatles own recording, from their ill-fated Decca Records audtion (January 1, 1962). Not only in their name, the group certainly wore their anglophilia in their sound as well, as this recording could easily pass for a British export.
I'm a massive fan of Simon & Garfunkel, and feel that the group simply does not get enough mention when the massive artists of the '60's get discussed. One of the most interesting songs in the S&G stable is "Cloudy", a gorgeous, melancholy song dripping with Paul Simon's songwriting skills. The Guild Late Gauge (itself a perfect name for a sunshine pop ensemble, is a reference to Guild guitar strings) is a mysterious group that was known to feature Paul Simon's brother Eddie. This seems to be their only release; a pity, as they have a really great sound here. This was probably recorded in 1967.
Finally, and most obscure of all, is this Tim Buckley cover from the unknown ensemble (probably a studio group) called Common Market. This probably rates as the first ever Tim Buckley cover (1967) and the arrangement is excellent, and showcases the budding songwriting talent of Buckley in an almost baroque style. Elektra was also banking on this to be a hit single from the writer himself, as they also released Buckley's version as a single in 1966; the song is also found on his first album.
Groupe commune managed to be compiled on the Cult original Pebbles' 60's Punk
series (Vol.14) ... And I can see why, it sounds a 'bit like what the Pattie Smith
Group would be doing 5-7 years later down the line : just watch how Chaotic and Anarchic it gets towards the end of clip!
The Prunes were one of the rare original US Garage-bands to successfully tour in Europe during their prime, back in '67 ; all the fans or most, now would've heard their fantastic Live in Stockholm remastered since in HD but, let it be said that their best, more memorable shows were made on French TV where exclusive footage were to be found... like this legendary appearance on the foremost French Pop, Avant-garde TV program of the day : Bim, Dam, Dom (sounding a bit like : "Biff! Bang! Pow!" ) et en couleurs, s'il vous plait!
Dutch Pop-Psych/Freakbeat combo performs slow Psych version of "Brand New Cadillac" while wearing diving outfits, flanked by hot babes also wearing wet-suits, while rear-projected fish sorta make it look like they're underwater.
Some of the best nights of my life DJ'ing have been in Spain; there is an enthusiasm for the music that is unlike anywhere else. In addition to loving soul and beat of the 60's, the Spaniards produced some great sides on their own.
The first selection is not technically from a Spanish group, but they were living there when it was cut so I can't resist sharing it.
Darwin Teoria (not to be confused with Charles) were a Dutch group
relocated to Spain who cut at least two singles, of which THIS is the
one. Immediately we are hit with an overload of fuzzed out wah wah
guitar and some Hammond organ that takes us on a wild ride whether it's
the dance floor, living room or behind the wheel. Almost silly, nursery
rhyme like verses make way for the anthemic chant of the chorus; my
friend Brian (aka DJ Midnight Cowbwoy, and that is not a misspelling)
played this song TWICE at Mod Chicago and when he played it again at
around 3 AM Saturday night/ Sunday morning it was a call to arms that
hypnotized and brainwashed me that I MUST HAVE THIS RECORD, while those
of us still awake were tearing up the dance floor to this massive sound.
Luckily I was able to score one of my own rather quickly. It's been
stuck in my head ever since.
Los Bravos (The Brave) were the one Spanish group that served up an international hit; the excellent "Black Is Black' from 1966. In addition to that classic, this group from Madrid (with a German lead singer) released some other great singles within their career that ran from 1965 til 1974. In addition to English language singles, the group released several in Espanol. "La Moto" followed hot on the heels of "Black Is Black" in '66, and it's a fun record with a very dramatic vocal melody and great fuzz guitar. Their follow up English language single "Going Nowhere" is heard on Nuggets II and was a very minor U.S hit in late '66.
Tragically, organist and founding member Manuel Fernandez took his own life in 1967 after the auto accident death of his wife. The group had one more minor US hit in '67 with "Bring A Little Lovin'"; a song originally recorded by Australia's Easybeats. The group became the stars of two Spanish films during this time, and this track was the theme song to the film ¡Dame un poco de amooor, itself a celluloid vehicle for the group.It's a rocking number driven along by some driving bass guitar, excellent, steady drumming and super vocals.
Bring A Little Lovin' Los Brincos (The Jumps) are often referred to as 'The Spanish Beatles", and the group certainly shows a melodic prowess on this excellent double sider which was produced in London by Larry Page (Kinks, The Who).
"You Know" is an obvious attempt to cross over into the English speaking market, and the sound of the song is very much in the Beatles' Revolver vein; progressively psychedelic pop music that is very well written and performed (capped off with an amazing fuzzed out guitar solo). Almost better yet is "Nadie Te Quiere Ya", the flip side. It's dark, moody, and magnificent! The title translates to "Nobody Wants You Now", and the mood of the song captures a bitter relationship send off extremely well.
Another amazing live performance by The Move. How cool are these guys? Trevor Burton is playing his guitar backwards, Carl Wayne's lead singer histrionics are over-the-top and hilarious, bass player Ace Kefford is the coolest, and everybody sings and plays their asses off (especially Ace on that bridge - "Get a hold of yourself now baby...").
The Pebbles were a Belgian group who had some big international hits in the 60's. I don't think this was one of those but it's a pretty fun little Pop-Garage number. Love the photos of monsters in the background! Read The Pebbles story at the Belgian Pop & Rock Archives
Top Dutch Mod band the Motions were frequent visitors in Paris, playing at the famous Locomotive club like their fellow countrymen, the Outsiders... They were like the "Small Faces" of Holland only they weren't small and spung out of the Beat scene; they featured future Shocking Blue leader and guitar hero, Robbie Van Leuwen (Exclusive French Tv footage!)