Friday, May 14, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-The Flamin' Groovies
Album:Groovies' Greatest Grooves
On the surface, The Flamin' Groovies seem like a minor cult band lost in the psychedelic era of the late 60s. But their influence was greater than their fame and in retrospect they were a bridge between psychedelic of the 60s and the punk of the 70s. And their music holds up very well today. The Flamin' Groovies started out in San Francisco in 1965 led by guitarist Cyril Jordan (born Aug. 31, 1948 in San Francisco) and lead singer Roy Loney (born Apr. 13, 1946 in San Francisco). They wrote all the songs. They released an EP in 1968 that earned them a contract with Epic. But their 1969 debut album Supersnazz didn't sell and they were quickly dropped. They signed with the Buddah Records label Kama Sutra and released two great albums Flamingo and Teenage Head. Not only did the albums not sell but Jordan and Loney weren't getting along. Apparently Jordan wanted Loney to soften his vocal style and Loney wanted to rock. So Loney left to go solo and was replaced by Chris Wilson (born Sept. 10, 1952 in Waltham, MA) and they moved to England. Working with legendary British rocker Dave Edmunds produced a more roots rock sound. Slow Death was an anti drug song that was released as a single in 1972. The Groovies signed with Sire Records and and had their best success with the 1976 album Shake Some Action. You can get all their songs on this comp. Shake Some Action was used in the 1995 film Clueless. The Flamin' Groovies split up in 1979 after a couple of uninspired albums but Cyril Jordan has continued to lead various versions of the band. Chris Wilson had a band called The Barracudas and Roy Loney has had success with The Phantom Movers. Jordan and Loney reunited for a tour in 2008. Here's The Flamin' Groovies performing Slow Death 1972.