Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-The Squires
Song:Going All The Way
Album:Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968
Back in the 60s, there were three bands known as The Squires. The best known band was the Canadian band featuring Neil Young before he went to California and joined Buffalo Springfield. There was a band in California that was called The Squires before they changed their name to Count Five and recorded the psychedelic classis Psychotic Reaction. This group called The Squires was from Bristol, CT and Going All The Way was their only single in 1966. Like a lot of obscure psychedelia, it has been kept alive by Rhino's 4CD Nuggets box set. The funny part is that the name The Squires was forced upon them by their record company. They started out as The Rogues with lead singer and drummer Michael Bouyea, Thomas Flanigan on guitar, Kurt Robinson on organ and John Folcik on bass. They were high school pals. As The Rogues, they recorded the single It's The Same All Over for the local label Peyton Records. In April of 1966, they booked recording time at Capitol Studios in New York and recorded several songs. Atco Records liked their music but wanted them to change their name to The Squires. Going All The Way was the only single released. It did OK in their home state but went nowhere otherwise. It looks like there were problems in the band and Folcik and Robinson left. And that is probably why Atco never released anything else. And then Michael Bouyea was drafted and went to Vietnam. That was the end for The Squires. Bouyea released a few solo singles later and became a radio DJ for 1050 CHUM in Toronto. Going All The Way is available only on the Nuggets box set. Here's a video of Going All The Way by The Squires.