Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Category: Garage rock

Scotty Moore: Producer

I am struck by the number of Scotty Moore–produced 45s from the late 60s/early 70s that are not available for preview on YouTube due to their relative obscurity — most especially the rare Otis Redding tribute “We’re Gonna Miss You, Otis” b/w “Macon,” whose B-side was actually written by Moore,

Read More »

Purple Reign – from 1968!

One has to wonder whether the Columbus, Ohio combo – Purple Reign – sought legal counsel over the homophonic similarity of the band’s name with the title of Prince’s career-defining album (22 million sales worldwide to date) and movie from 1984, Purple Rain: “Wish You Didn’t Have to Go”     Purple

Read More »

The Muffetts: Former Mojos

Thanks to “tymeshifter” at rateyourmusic for providing the back story on a single issued by Counterpart whose A & B sides were purchased (I’m shocked) by Laurie Records in 1968: 1966 single by Hurricane WV’s the Mojos, who begat The Muffetts “These guys were previously known as The Mojos from

Read More »

Psych + Horns = The Gears

Doc Lehman’s Bangagong! music blog has a poster for a “Festival of Bands” in Columbus, Ohio that took place in 1967 — 34 bands over the course of 2 evenings, admission just $1: Is this the same Vox as in Vox Guitar-Organ and Vox Phantom guitars? Interesting to note that

Read More »

Band Name That Inspired U2?

According to Buckeye Beat, Shad O’Shea was instrumental in fashioning a local hit out of “The Only Thing to Do” by Cincinnati’s own The “Us Too” Group: “Somehow the record got the attention of Counterpart Records Shad O’Shea (a.k.a. Howard Lovdal) who took an interest in ‘The Only Thing To

Read More »

Another 45 Sold to Laurie

Things were starting to really heat up for Counterpart Records in 1967.  “See What’s Right” by The Wyngates was followed by (1) a regional hit, “Hey Conductor” by Mark V (featuring Sonny Flaharty), that got picked up by Philips for national distribution and then (2) another promising 45 – “A

Read More »

Northern KY’s 1967 Moment

You have to hand it to Northern Kentucky, who produced a pair of Nuggets-era garage rock classics — New Lime‘s “Perfect Girl” (magic blend of organ + vibes), as well as The Wyngates “See What’s Right” – both issued on Cincinnati’s Counterpart Records in 1967, pop music’s peak year.  Check

Read More »

A-Side Turned B-Side?

Louisville’s Soul Inc. is another music group from my hometown’s Ohio Valley region that recorded a local hit (“Love Me When I’m Down“) on a local label (Counterpart) that had been recorded locally (at Ray Allen’s studio in Louisville perhaps?) and played on local AM hits radio station WSAI (thus,

Read More »

New Lime’s Mod Organ and Soulful Vibraphone

The mod organ and soulful vibraphone make a winning combination in 1967’s “Perfect Girl” by The New Lime from Campbell County, Kentucky: “The Perfect Girl”     The New Lime     1967 [The organ+vibes immediately brings to mind seminal single “Space Walk” by The Astros!] It is 2015, and I am only now

Read More »

The Impacs: King Goes Garage Surf

King wasn’t the only independent label in the early rock era to dabble in various sounds and musical genres; nevertheless, it’s still pretty hard to beat King for its sheer stylistic breadth.  While never really considered much of a “rock” label, King nevertheless signed another Beatle-sounding group (besides Them) called

Read More »
All Categories
Archives