Thursday, September 15, 2011

041 - Ninety-nine and a Half -- and New Directions

We start with a band that reversed a trend. Many garage bands broke up in the 1960's when one or more of their members were drafted and sent to Vietnam. The Beachnuts was a band made up of young musicians returning from Southeast Asia.

The New Directions turn in a heavy dose of psych with their 1969 track, "Springtime Lady"

Mel Gaines and the Regents shine in the Soul Spotlight with "What'cha Gonna Do?" It's not only a good example of mid-60's soul, but perfectly captures the sound of East Coast beach music.

We finish with a track from the Scorpios. Could it be that the title of the track "Ninety-nine and a Half" is actually a reference to "Ninety-six Tears?" There's a distinct similarity in the organ work...

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The Radio Star

This program we play:
The Beachnuts: What Makes You Think
Aliens, Psychos, and Wild Things, Vol. 1

The New Directions: Springtime Lady
Aliens, Psychos, and Wild Things, Vol. 1

Mel Gaines and the Regents: What'cha Gonna Do?
Ol' Virginia Soul, Part 2

The Scorpios - Ninety-nine and a Half
Lost Souls, Vol. 2 - Garage and Psychedelic Rock from Arkansas and Beyond

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