Saturday, November 08, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-The Blues Magoos
Song:(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet
Album:Easy Rider Original Soundtrack: Expanded Edition
(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet was the one big hit for the early psychedelic band The Blues Magoos in 1967. They were a garage band from Bronx, NY. the lead singer was 16 year old Peppy Castro (real name: Emil Thielhelm). Along with guitarist Ralph Scala and bassist Ronnie Gilbert, they started a band called The Trenchcoats in 1964 and played Greenwich Village clubs. In 1966, they changed the name to The Blues Magoos and brought in lead guitarist Mike Esposito and drummer Geoff Daking to replace two original members. They released some singles and their cover of Tobacco Road, which had been a hit for the British group The Nashville Teens in 1964, got them a contract with Mercury Records. Their debut album Psychedelic Lollipop was released in Nov. 1966. In 1967, they went on tour with Herman's Hermits and The Who and (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet reached #5 on the pop singles chart and the album reached #21 on the album chart. It's a pretty good example of early psychedelic/garage band music. This 2CD expanded edition of the Easy Rider soundtrack includes a second CD of songs that weren't in the film but were hits at the time. Subsequent singles and albums didn't do as well for The Blues Magoos and they split up in 1969. Castro attempted to keep them going with an album on ABC Records in 1972. That didn't work. He did resurface in the early 80s group Balance and The Blues Magoos have reunited occasionally. Here's The Blues Magoos performing (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet in the 1966 film Where The Action Is.