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The Flamin' Groovies - California Born and Breddotdotdot
artworkThe Flamin' Groovies are an essential band. They were completely out of step with their surroundings - the functional equivalent of the Ramones a decade earlier. Surrounded by the burgeoning love and psychedelia of the San Francisco scene, they were playing unpretentious garage rock and anthemic renditions of "Louie Louie." This CD collects early outtakes, demos and live tracks from from various studios and venues, some previously unreleased, and many more issued in the US for the first time. Among the tracks here is a fine performance of Link Wray's "Rumble."
Picks: Rumble, Happy Your Face

Track by Track Review


Rumble dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Flamin' Groovies drive home a nasty primitive version of Link Wray's most familiar anthem. It's stark, based on the album version, and raw. Just like you'd expect, the Flamin' Groovies add nothing pretentious to this, keeping it stripped down and mean. Previously unreleased from the soundtrack to Sideshow.

Happy Your Face dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This previously unreleased track is from the soundtrack to Sideshow. It's like a countrified backtrack to a Flamin' Groovies picnic, with a playfulness that is characteristic of their lighter numbers. It seems like a backtrack awaiting a vocal, but it is fun enough to get past that limitation.