Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Bue-Cotts (Somewhat) Teach Us How To Do "The Wrench Dance"

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There are a countless number of novelty dance crazes that caught on with the teenage record buying demographic of the 1960's.

"The Twist," "The Watusi," "The Hully Gully," "The Mashed Potato," and even "The Hitchhike" were all household names, thanks in part to clever record label marketing and an all-around public willful suspension of musical disbelief.

But unfortunately for The Bue-Cotts - a painfully obscure frat-rock band, reportedly from somewhere in Kansas - "The Wrench Dance" never quite caught on.

The are many factors at play here as to why this record never had a chance.

The elementary composition/musicianship, presumably limited number of copies made, and private press label that couldn't have conceivably gotten this single 50 miles outside of whatever small town it was pressed in.

All of these scenarios are perfectly logical as to why this one-off organ driven garage sing-along failed to do anything but turn up in a junk shop last week, but it doesn't take a nuclear physicist astronaut to know that it probably also has something to do with not being able to understand the lyrics at all whatsoever - thus rendering the dance itself completely useless.

Just try and follow along.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

B. Brock & The Sultans Do The Beetle

Crown Records was a subsidiary and budget line label of Modern Records based in Los Angeles, CA.

In 1964, the label tried to capitalize off of Beatlemania with this LP release of "Do The Beetle" by B. Brock & The Sultans.

These dudes look like they traveled back in time after a switchblade fight, just to make an obscure LP aping the Fab Four filled with crazy surf instro burners!

I have no idea who B. Brock or The Sultans were - as no info on the group exists online - but they completely rip on this album, and the title track proves it.

I would guess that they were a studio band called in to do a rush release to piggyback off the insanity that ensued post February 9th, 1964, but the wild spirit of these original tracks make this otherwise throw-away release truly something special.

The moody, organ-and-reverb-drenched "Feed The Beetle" should have been released as a single in my opinion, and "30 FT. Beetle" continues the wild surf mayhem kicked off by the title track.

And what makes this record ever the more endearing, is the boys' horrifically bad take on "I Want To Hold Your Hand."  With off-key warbling, and unassured playing, the kitsch factor of this cover is truly off the charts.

If anyone has any info on this band, please contact me.

P.S. - there seems to be an instro called "Fright" by the boys on Grooveshark.com that can be found here.