Captain Groovy and His Bubblegum Army/Crazy Elephant - Dark Part of My Mind (1968/1969)
A good example of Super K Productions’ economical approach to b-sides. Sounds like they let their studio band loose, cut the resulting jam in half and released it on two separate singles. A prime slice of the late 60’s exploitative, quasi-psychedelic bubblegum rock.
The Galaxies IV from Trenton, New Jersey, was formed in 1964, featuring members T.J. Tindall (guitar - only in the early line-up), Chris Holmes (guitar and vocals), Charles Brodowicz (keyboards), Len Demski (bass), and Alan Fowler (drums). ‘Don’t Lose Your Mind’ was released as the flipside to the band’s fourth 45, ‘Piccadilly Circus’ (RCA Victor 47-9235). Featured among all on Pebbles, Volume 11 (LP, 1983).
This blog concentrates on all things garage rock, freakbeat, psychedelia and related genres from the 1960s (and in some areas, the early 70s); the type of bands and artists as found on those legendary Nuggets and Pebbles compilations.
Some diversions will also be made to the other styles of music of the era, such as rhythm’n’blues, pop, soul and folk, whenever found suitable to the theme of this blog. Since beat groups were really a worldwide phenomenon, also more or less obscure bands from outside the Anglo-American axis will be covered.
The name of this blog comes from Beyond The Calico Wall, a 1990 compilation album covering the more far-out tracks from obscure garage psychedelia bands.
The Calico Wall, of course, was a psychedelic garage band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, whose legendary single ‘I’m A Living Sickness’/’Flight Reaction’ (1967) defines the very essence of this musical style.