Tuesday, November 2, 2010


There's a bunch of reasons to post "Check Out" by Us Kids, not the least of which is to hep you to Garage Hangover. It's a really great, very focused blog about obscure garage bands from the first garage era. It's been linked over in my sadly neglected blog list ("Get Lost") pretty much since day one, and it's provided me with hours of digging and reading about bands that don't mean a trifle in the overall rock n' roll scheme of things. Yet each band has their own special, if sometimes mundane, story.

Us Kids was a band of 11-14 year olds, from the early sixties, "Check Out," the one mp3 posted, is pretty good, and not just kid good. It's hard to believe the writer was something like 13 years old at the time. I listened and tried hard to imagine the song done in a somewhat creepier style. The very title of the song, and the riff, were already headed there. Some sort of teenage Link Wray, this kid was. That's when I started hearing the Cramps. I was thinking how cool it would be if the Cramps covered it. Then I realized that they practically did, with their version of Ronnie Cook and the Gaylad's "Goo Goo Muck."

Us Kids - Check Out mp3 at Garage Hangover
The Cramps - Goo Goo Muck mp3 at Motel de Moka
Link Wray and the Wraymen - Rawhide mp3 at Diddy Wah
Lux and Ivy's Favorites, Vol 1-11, separate mix zips at Beware of the Blog
(11 mixes, that's a lot of music!)
Fool's Paradise with Lux and Ivy interview mp3 at Beware of the Blog

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