“Hold It Baby”: Swedish Soul

Sweden’s Slam Creepers, judging solely by their name, sounds like a band of relatively recent vintage (e.g., 1980s hardcore?) — and yet, their first release, fascinatingly enough, was a split single in 1965 a 7-inch flexi-disc in which shared Slam Creepers shared space with The Hollies and fellow Swedish band, Lucas!

Vinyl debut:  Slam Creepers on … flexi-disc!

Slam Creepers flexi-discFour years and a handful of singles later, Slam Creepers would find themselves in another “shared” arrangement — a 12-inch “Shelby Singleton product” wherein the band would be rubbing shoulders on the same LP with Jeannie C. Riley, The Hep Stars, and Mister “Cincinnati Kid” himself, Prince Buster!

The Hep Stars would include future ABBA founder, Benny Anderson
Great Youth Festival LP-x

Title of the Hep Stars’ first album:  ‘WE AND OUR CADILLAC

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The Great Youth Festival includes “Hold It Baby,” a driving rock ‘n’ soul number that was only issued as a B-side in Sweden and cannot be found on either of their two albums:

“Hold It Baby”     Slam Creepers     1968

Worth considering  how “radical” it was in 1969 to release a sampler album that co-mingled late 60s country (Riley), Jamaican rocksteady (Buster) & Swedish pop (Slam Creepers & The Hep Stars) — albeit one that was issued for the Spanish market.

From a typography standpoint, I am intrigued that Slam Creepers utilized — as did their American musical colleagues, The Afro-Blues Quintet Plus One — the “Future Shock” typeface for the cover of their 1967 debut album:

Slam Creepers LPAfro Blues LP-x

Are there any earlier LPs with this same “Future Shock” typeface than these from 1967?

CONTEST OPEN TO ALL:
Who can find the earliest musical use of this 1960s typeface?

Future Shock-x

In 1968, Slam Creepers would issue two singles, and – in the noblest Beatles fashion – these four songs would not find release on the band’s sophomore ’68 LP Sweet Ruth.

Slam Creepers’ 1968 B-side “Hold It Baby” reveals a refreshing American soul influence:

“Hold It Baby”     Slam Creepers     1968

Wanna take a trip to Catchy Town?  Check out 1968 sure-fire hit, “We Are Happy People“.