Monday, March 10, 2014


Did you know the Flamin' Groovies got back together? What's that? C'mon, you should know the Flamin' Groovies. They're not like some super obscure hipster-cited cult band. They're a damn rock 'n' roll band, one of very few that made it through the late sixties San Francisco unscathed by tie-dye and other such hippie nonsense. They started in '65, releasing their first record, a 10", themselves, and just kept plugging away for the next fifteen years in relative obscurity. (Some of you older slugs may remember how plentiful Teenage Head and Flamingo were in the cut-out bins.) Some people will tell you that they were the American version of the Stones. If having a reverence for early rock 'n' roll and the chops to carry the torch, without watering it down or succumbing to popular taste, particularly when it was detrimental to your own success, means you're the American Stones, they might be right. In fact, the Groovies may have actually been more true to their cool than the Stones. To wit, there was no disco leaning drivel like "Miss You". There was "Shake Some Action". If recording a power pop classic is as far as they ventured from their earlier raunch, hell, I'll take it.

There's a documentary currently in the works about their history and the reunion. (See the trailer here.) Whether or not the reunited Groovies perform well enough to garner their long overdue fifteen minutes, I'm just happy they're back together. Shit, it's nice just to see Cyril Jordan talking, still believing.

Flamin' Groovies - Teenage Head mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Flamin' Groovies - Whiskey Woman mp3 at DJNoDJ
The Flamin' Groovies - Have You Seen My Baby mp3 at Boogie Woogie Flu
The Flamin Groovies - Shake Some Action mp3 (non-LP version) at Beware of the Blog 
The New one:
The Flamin' Groovies - End of the World (streaming) at SoundCloud. Personally, I'd dial down whatever it is that gives that "Don't Fear The Reaper" sound. What is that? A flanger?
The Incredible Flamin' Groovies at KickStarter Trailer and bio.
The Flamin' Groovies at Wikipedia

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