Monday, December 07, 2009

VA-Teenage Shutdown - Jump, Jive & Harmonize Vol.1

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Teenage Shutdown  Series :

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should construct a giant garage-shaped granite monument with the names of every group that ever decided to back Dad's Impala out and drag the amps in; The Tomb of the Unknown Garage Band, if you will.

The '60s were rife with do-it-yourself regional garage bands, snarling and whomping and sometimes even recording. We must never forget those brave Beatle-booted souls, whose only mission in life was to make a lot of noise and get a lot of girls.

Thankfully, a large sampling of these "pounding, pulverizing, all-out punk dance ravers" are captured in all their scratchy glory on the Teenage Shutdown series of CD's and vinyl(!). And Jump, Jive and Harmonize is the bossest of a boss bunch. The group names and the titles are provocative: The Us Four - "The Alligator," The Groupies - "Hog," The Shandells - "Gorilla," and every number lives up to its promise with a crunchy screaming three-chord wallop.

The compilers have even researched the artists: a monumental undertaking to be sure, given that these were local bands on tiny regional labels with names like Renco, Empire, GlenValley, and my favorite, Pa-Go-Go. J, J & H spans the years '64 to '67 - a time when recycling the "Louie Louie" riff was a noble undertaking. It was that precious moment in history before everything got all psychedelic and overbearing and just plain SERIOUS. Pop in this CD and smell the fumes.

By (Shell Pile New Jersey)

Teenage Shutdown - Jump, Jive & Harmonize   (1998) 

Teenage Shutdown: Jump, Jive and Harmonize, subtitled "Pounding, Pulverizing, All-Out Punk Dance Ravers," was the very first Teenage Shutdown collection to be compiled by Crypt Records' Tim Warren from mid-'60s garage rock/garage punk singles owned by collector Mike "Moptop" Markesich. As with the other compilations in this series, this one is lovingly prepared and features good mastering. There aren't too many band photos to be found in the foldout insert booklet; there are colorful scans of the single labels, but only a few black-and-white photos of the groups involved. The liner notes -- penned by Markesich -- go into a little bit of detail about the groups involved, many of which are more well-known, overall, than most of the groups which can be found included on CDs in this series. The first track, Thee Midniters' "Jump, Jive and Harmonize," is probably the hardest-rockin' single by the versatile East L.A. band. This 1967 single, recorded on two-track at a theater where the group rehearsed, is built around a crunchy guitar riff, singer Willie Garcia's raucous lead vocal, and a frenetic harmonica-organ duel. The Jolly Green Giants were clearly influenced by fellow Northwest rockers the Kingsmen (even taking their name from that band's Top Ten hit). Their song "Busy Body" (later covered by the Lyres) was the B-side of the band's Redcoat single from 1966. The Five Americans (from Dallas, TX) found success with their song "Western Union" before disbanding in 1970. Their single "Slippin' and Slidin'" was released early in their career, however, on the Jetstar label in 1964. The Shandells were from Eau Claire in northwest Wisconsin, and their track "Gorilla" (with its "go, go, go, go gorilla" chant) was released on Bangar in 1965; only 100 copies were reportedly pressed. "Come on, Come On" by the Esquires (from Irving, TX) was probably the band's best-known song, while Del Shannon's contribution here, "Move It on Over," was one of that artist's lesser-known songs, charting at 128 in the U.S. The Cobras, from Smyrna Mills, ME, are featured with "I Wanna Be Your Lover," the A-side to their Big Beat single from 1966 (incidentally, their producer, Bobby Herne, later produced and arranged various New England groups, including the Shaggs' infamous Philosophy of the World album). "I'm a Hog for You" by the Groupies, from New York City, has appeared on several compilations, as have the Human Beings, from Detroit, who are not to be confused with Ohio's Human Beinz.

01. Thee Midniters - Jump Jive And Harmonize [2:31]
02. Jolly Green Giants - Busy Body [2:08]
03. The Five Americans - Slippin' And Slidin' [1:55]
04. The Four Of Us - The Alligator [2:48]
05. The In Crowd - Set Me Free [2:06]
06. Cobras - I Wanna Be Your Love [2:57]
07. Count & The Colony - Can't You See [2:43]
08. Del Shannon - Move It On Over [2:58]
09. Mark & The Escorts - Get Your Baby [2:02]
10. Jimmy Stokely And The Exiles - It's Alligator Time [2:19]
11. Los Shains - El Monstruo [2:20]
12. Baby Huey & The Babysitters - Monkey Man [2:33]
13. The Shandells - Gorilla [2:55]
14. The Centurys - 83 [2:30]
15. The Twiliters - (Everybody's Goin To) Rollerland [2:31]
16. The Esquires - Come On, Come On [1:46]
17. Preachers - Who Do You Love [2:18]
18. Mr. Lucky & The Gamblers - Take A Look At Me [2:52]
19. The Groupies - Hog (I'm A Hog For You Baby) [2:55]
20. The Human Beings - Ain't That Lovin' You Baby [2:37]

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