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Collection: Impossible But True - The Kim Fowley Storydotdotdotdot
artworkKim Fowley, rock 'n' roll madman, talented wacko, or genius. Not that it matters much, but Kim Fowley has been at record production since the late fifties, and has cut some brilliant pieces of history, some oddities, and some pure trash. He made his mark on instros as well as vocals, from artists as varied as the Mothers of Invention and the Soft Machine and the Rivingtons, to the Sunrays and Paul Revere and the Raiders and Chiyo and the Crescents. Among the great vocals on this CD are the ultra pound of two Belfast Gypsies sides, "Gloria's Dream" and "Secret Police" (issued as by the Freaks Of Nature).
Picks: B. Bumble and the Stingers - Nut Rocker, Chiyo and the Crescents - Pink Dominos, Kim Fowley - Space Odyssey, The Lancasters - Satan's Holiday, The Renegades - Charge, Paul Revere and the Raiders - Like Long Hair, The Snow Men - Ski Storm - Part I

Track by Track Review


B. Bumble and the Stingers - Nut Rocker dotdotdotdot
Piano Rock (Instrumental)

"Nut Rocker" is on the "Nutcracker Suite," this rocks mightily in the Jerry Lee Lewis pumping piano vein, with incredible energy and a totally infectious sound.

Chiyo and the Crescents - Pink Dominos dotdotdotdot
Frat Surf (Instrumental)

"Pink Dominos" is a hard drivin' riff rocker that's influenced a number of later songs. The infectious riffin' guitar lines and great beat define the club-frat genre rhythmically. Totally cool!

This raucous frat rockin' track was a sizable hit. Originally issued on the Breakout label, but made enough of a stir in the Oxnard-Ventura market to be licensed out for national distribution on the Era label. It is reported to have been recorded at a late night session in a shoe store.

Kim Fowley - Space Odyssey dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is scary - a blend of Memphis soul horns, standard melody riffs, jazzy combo improves, and what is surely one of the most wigged out (read bananas) arrangements ever. I can only ask "what was he thinking?"

The Lancasters - Satan's Holiday dotdotdot
Brit Rock (Instrumental)

Fee-fi-fo-fum into "The Hall Of The Mountain King" in a sporty rendition with shrill Richie Blackmore guitar tones.

The Renegades - Charge dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Opening with a trumpet blasting out the charge, and covered with woodblock horse hooves, this two chord wonder with a spiffy melody riff is both a fifties backwoods marvel and a presurf tune waiting for a decent reverb treatment. The plinky piano is so Leon Russell (though he isn't credited). ""Charge"" was included in the soundtrack to The Ghost Of Dragstrip Hollow.

Paul Revere and the Raiders - Like Long Hair dotdotdot
Piano Boogie (Instrumental)

Influenced by the success of B. Bumble & the Stingers, Paul Revere and Mark Lindsey laid down this piano boogie beat tune. The great piano lines come from Paul Dick. "Like Long Hair" is based on Rachmaninov's "Prelude In C-Sharpe Minor" It's quite infectious and cool. Kim Fowley was the producer.

The Snow Men - Ski Storm - Part I dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Snow Men cut this single on for Kim Fowley who licensed it out to Challenge in 1963. "Ski Storm - Part I" is rhythmic and poundy, with a bitchin' riff and great energy. The drums rock, the piano is ultra cool, and the riff, while straight forward and simple, is very effective. Incidentally, the melody and basic arrangement of "Ski Storm," recorded in 1963, is identical (except for minor phrasing) to "No Man's Land" by France's Les Fantomes from 1962.