There's gotta be something in that Texas water, because the state produced more than it's share of wild sounds in the mid sixties. Maybe it's because it's a big state, and a long way from New York or L.A. where the hip shit was really going down, and there were a lot of kids itching to get out. Or it could be that there was nothing better to do than rope cattle and crank out crazy garage 45s. Whatever it is, there were a lot of garage bands, the majority of which never made it past a regional 45 or two. But those one non-hit wonders have had their share if hindsight appreciation, appearing on compilations and in the hands of the most fiendish of collectors. A few days ago, I posted a couple by Larry and the Blue Notes, from Fort Worth. Today it's the Gentleman, from Dallas, who also picked a generic, decidedly unhip, band name. But check out "It's a Cry'n Shame". I think you'll agree it has some hair on it. And head over to 1960s Garage Bands to check out the band bio, written by the drummer, with three more songs, two of them unreleased acetates. You might also want to take a look at the Teen Scene A Go Go site, for the documentary of the same name, about the venue with the same name, that packed them in in Fort Worth.
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~Listen:
The Gentleman - It's a Cry'n Shame mp3 at 1960s Garage Bands
The Gentleman - It's a Cry'n Shame (via DivShare) mp3 at Diggin' It (in case the link above goes dead)
The Gentlemen - Three more songs and excellent bio at 1960s Garage Bands
Teen Scene A Go Go - Trailer at YouTube
Teen Scene A Go Go - Site for the documentary