Bizarre, snotty, killer garage 45 (the flip, Frustration, is amazing as well) by this Canadian band has always been a fave and a staple in my DJ set…Throbbimg wild garage track but the vocals are what always gets me. The beyond-Jagger enunciation always cracks me up & makes me very happy as it veers into the bizarro zone, my fave! Here’s a quote from Canuckistan Music about Little White Lies:
Vancouver’s Painted Ship first hit the water as the Wee Beasties when budding poet/vocalist William “The Captain” Hay teamed up with guitarist Rob Rowden out at the University of British Columbia in the summer of 1965. With Rob’s brother Barry Rowden on drums and bassist Ken Wain rounding out the crew, the newly christened Painted Ship took their virile garage/punk to the clubs, making regular splashes at the seminal Retinal Circus on Davie Street. By late ‘66 the band had delivered the stellar ‘Frustration’ to the execs over at London Records, but the suits were still unconvinced, insisting on something with more commercial potential. The result, the hard-hitting Little White Lies, with its hefty organ and strident sneer, would scale the regional charts into the summer of ‘67.
Amazing wild soul singer known as Hannibal — The Mighty Hannibal & a bit later here as King Hannibal — returns from heroin addiction & jail to release this funky soul monster testament to the dangers of drug abuse. Nothing comes close to this! Hannibal aka James T. Shaw has made some of my most-played killer 45’s in my DJ sets (like Jerkin’ The Dog), but this is just amazing! It opens with his echofied announcement “I WANNA TALK TO ALL YOU ADDICTS OUT THERE, THAT’S GOT YOURSELF A GREAT BIG JONES, AND YOU TRIED ALL THE METHADONE, AND YOU JUST CAN’T LEAVE THAT “HER-ON” ALONE…I WONDER, HAVE YOU TRIED… .JEEEESUS???” Then it kicks into a funky insane groove with the killer echofied “I was hooked”…I can never get tired of this one…check the video and get the great Norton Records compilation Hannibalism for a career retrospective. I have hung out with the Mighty one & he is super cool & is doing shows that are amazing.
Each week, Howie Pyro tells us a little about a 45 from his collection of 30,000 records. Let Howie trip you out live and in person at Intoxica Radio Live Fridays in the Amigo Room at Ace Palm Springs.
The Phantom: Love Me/Whisper Your Love — Dot Records
Possibly the craziest rockabilly record. Coming in at one minute and thirty seconds, this piece of insanity — another weirdo obscurity brought to light in the punk days by The Cramps — takes it all the way & further. Marty Lott recorded this at the Gulf Coast Studios in Mobile, Alabama in 1958. It was a quick try at rock n’ roll & he needed a flip side to the side already recorded. “I’d worked three months on the other side of the record,” he told Derek Glenister. “Somebody said, ‘What you gonna put on the flip-side?’ I hadn’t even thought about it. Someone suggested I wrote something like Elvis ‘cause he was just a little on the wane and everybody was beginning to turn against rock n’ roll. They said, ‘See if you spark rock n’ roll a little bit’… So that’s when I put all the fire and fury I could utter into it. I was satisfied with the first take but everybody said, ‘Let’s try it one more time.’ I didn’t yell on the first take, but I yelled on the second, and blew one of the controls off the wall.”
It gets weirder…Lott took the master to Hollywood. On a Satanic impulse, he followed Pat Boone to church and persuaded him to listen to the tape. The devil was surely working overtime that Sunday. It was Boone’s idea to call Lott “The Phantom” and he even agreed to issue the record on his own label, Cooga Mooga (a euphemism for God, as in Great Cooga Mooga). In the event, Lott signed a contract with Boone’s management and never met anyone at Dot, who finally released Love Me in 1960.
The full story of The Phantom can be found in the long-out-of-print Kicks Magazine #3 (1983) from our friends Billy Miller & Miriam Linna of Norton Records.
Each week, Howie Pyro tells us a little about a 45 from his collection of 30,000 records. Let Howie trip you out live and in person Fridays in the Amigo Room at Ace Palm Springs.
The Ideals: The Gorilla / Cortland Records
Absolute drunk party dance killer! This jungle soul monster gets everyone moving at a certain point in the evening! After this they released the follow up, Mo Gorilla (Cortland Records), and a bit later Go Go Gorilla, a funkier version on Satellite Records. There are a few covers/rip offs of this wild slab of vinyl, most notably the mega rare savage garage version of Go Go Gorilla by The Shandells.
Here is a bit of Ideals history from the Hook and Sling blog:
The Ideals were formed in 1952, and over the ensuing years the groups line up chopped and changed leaving only two of the original members, Leonard Mitchell and Robert Tharp. By the time the group had got round to recording ‘The Gorilla’ in 1963 Reggie Jackson, Sam Steward and Eddie Williams had all joined the ranks.
After releasing several records with limited success, The Ideals joined up with former Five Chances member Howard Pitman, who not only owned Concord Records, but also wrote ‘The Gorilla’ for The Ideals. The record imediately took off and sold nearly 90,000 copies! It is cited this may have been due to The Ideals mini tour of all the local Chicago schools, complete with a guy dressed in a gorilla outfit in tow!!
The groups local hit out grew Concord Records and Howard Pitman eventually sold on the rights and The Ideals contract to Cortland Records, who pushed ‘The Gorilla’ to a national platform.