As the summer of love dissolved into purple haze, sock hop stars like twistmaster Chubby Checker suddenly found themselves on the outs with the younger buying public who had bought their records by the millions just a few years earlier.
Unwilling to quietly fade away into oldies tour obscurity, Checker hooked up with Jimi Hendrix and Curtis Knight business associate Ed Chaplin to take a shot at making a psych rock record the longhairs might dig.
The heavy distortion-dented jams on the self-titled disc (originally issued as Slow Twistin' on Belgian MFP and as Chequered in other territories) put out on the down-low by France's Underground Masters show that the Hendrix sound was the jump-off point for a delightfully demented trip that makes no concessions to the malt shop crowd. Think Blue Cheer backing a wasted Chico Magnetic and you'll get an idea of the bludgeoning whump that awaits on My Mind, Love Tunnel and the awesome Stoned In Bathroom, which sounds like Biz Markie freestyling on a Sir Lord Baltimore loop. Wicked.
While you're at it, check out UM's reissues of the Strollers ' Waiting Is... and the overlooked Polish psych pounder Trzy Korony by Czerwone Gitary singer/guitarist Krzysztof Klenczon . www.forcedexposure.com .
One of Sydney's best-ever 80s rock bands never to break outside of Australia, the Sunnyboys sidestepped the punk and new wave fads popular at the time and instead went for a 60s- inspired sound more in line with the early Easybeats and the Remains. Not a wise move if fame and fortune were high on the list of priorities in Jeremy Oxley 's career plan, but they recorded some great tunes at their peak in 81 and 82, all of which are collected on the fab This Is Real 42-track double-disc set on Feel Presents/Shock .
Compiled by long-time fan Tim Pittman , who assembled the excellent Tales From The Australian Underground comp, This Is Real includes the right versions of the Sunnyboys' insanely catchy singles tracks -- including the Lobby Loyde -produced Love To Rule and the mono mix of Alone With You -- along with an entire disc of radio broadcast live recordings that reveal the group's rougher side. Insightful interviews, band photos, gig posters and session info complete an exemplary package well worth investigating. www.feelpresents.com .
This may be shocking news to deep funk fans, but both DJs Keb Darge and Cut Chemist actually enjoy listening to records that have neither dope breaks nor head-nodding beats. On BBE 's Lost And Found: Rockabilly And Jump Blues two-CD mix showdown, the celebrated selectors show off their refined taste in hiccuping rockers and wailing roadhouse stompers.
Both come up with diverse sets loaded with rarely compiled 50s artifacts, but Darge's disc has a slight edge in obscurity, as our boy Chemist sticks with more tried and true house-shakers by the likes of Link Wray , Johnny Burnette , Charlie Feathers and the Phantom .
Hiphop producers won't find much to sample, but it makes for a helluva party starter. www.bbemusic.com .