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One album wonders: John's Children's Orgasm

Posted by Eric Brightwell, November 3, 2014 10:20am | Post a Comment
 JOHN'S CHILDREN - ORGASM (recorded 1967, released 1971) 

John's Children - Orgasm

Today the band John's Children, when remembered at all, are best remembered for two things: one, for having briefly included within their ranks a pre-T. Rex Marc Bolan and two, for their calculatedly outrageousness and provocative live performances. Both overshadow the fact that they also made some quite enjoyable music, including a sole LP recorded before Bolan joined but released long after he'd left.


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The story of John's Children begins in 1965 in Great Bookham, where drummer Chris Townson, guitarist Geoff McClelland, harmonica-player Andy Ellison, and singer Louis Grooner played in a band called The Clockwork Onions. With changing times and line-ups came changing names and The Clockwork Onions became The Few. After the departure of keyboardist Chris Dawsett The Few became The Silence, who were Andy Ellison, Chris Townson, Geoff McClelland, and John Hewlett. The Silence were described by Yardbirds manager Simon Napier-Bell as “positively the worst group I'd ever seen” and not surprisingly he insisted on becoming their manager. 


Napier-Bell changed The Silence's name to John's Children. The band -- actually a group of session musicians -- recorded John's Children's first single, “The Love I Thought I'd Found” b/w “Strange Affair," which was released in 1966. The original title of the A-side was "Smashed Blocked" but a name change was necessitated at home because it was deemed offensive. Far from Surrey the single found a receptive audience (where it was released with its original name) in Florida and California -- two American states both known for their production and appreciation of weird, unpolished garage rock

Roses Play Amoeba Night at the Bootleg HiFi Nov. 23

Posted by Billy Gil, November 3, 2014 10:08am | Post a Comment

roses bandL.A. new romantics Roses hit the Bootleg HiFi for their November Sunday residency, presented by The Fold. The band plays every Sunday in November, with a new slate of supporting bands each night. Nov. 23 is Amoeba Music Night, featuring Hair Perfect, Crystales and Basement Babies. We’ll be on hand with coupons, buttons and more.

Roses formed last year, following the dissolution of guitarist Juan Velasquez’s old band, Abe Vigoda. Since then, the band has played live extensively, with bands such as A Sunny Day in Glasgow and Diiv, as well as at Amoeba's Red Bull Sound Select show back in August with Tanlines, and they released the Dreamlover EP this year on Group Tightener. Velasquez, a veteran of Amoeba, and singer/keyboardist Marc Steinberg sat down to talk with us a bit about his new band and what they have going on into the new year.

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Music History Monday: November 3

Posted by Jeff Harris, November 3, 2014 10:07am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: November 3, 1962 - "He's A Rebel" by The Crystals hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. Written by Gene Pitney, it is biggest hit for the New York-based girl group. The song is originally written for The Shirelles who will turn it down. Producer Phil Spector will hear the song and immediately want to record it with his group The Crystals. Spector soon discovers that Vikki Carr has already recorded it (with producer Snuff Garrett) and it is about to be released as a single. The Crystals are on tour at the time on the East Coast and are not available. Not wasting any time, Spector has Darlene Love & The Blossoms record it instead, but releases it under The Crystals name. Cut at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood with members of The Wrecking Crew, the single is rush released in late August of 1962. Entering the Hot 100 at #98 on September 8, 1962, The Crystals version will shoot to the top of the chart eight weeks later, while Vikki Carr's bubbles under at #115. Carr will not debut on the Hot 100 until September of 1967 with her breakthrough hit "It Must Be Him" (#3 Pop).
 

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This Year Halloween Fell On A Friday

Posted by Billyjam, October 31, 2014 10:53am | Post a Comment

"This year Halloween fell on a weekend" famously rapped Bushwick Bill in the Geto Boys classic 1991 hit single "Mind Playin' Tricks On Me" (found on their album We Can't Be Stopped). Weekend Halloween years are always the best. With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, there are tons of parties and late night Halloween themed events. This post is a sampling of some of the many things happening today and tonight for Halloween 2014 in the Bay Area, LA, and NYC. First up Amoeba Music is celebrating Halloween once again with a pet costume contest at Amoeba Berkeley at 2pm today. Meanwhile Amoeba San Francisco's varied Halloween festivities begin at 2pm today while 2:30pm is when Halloween festivities kick off at Amoeba Hollywood in a day that includes a charity auction with Jimmy Pardo at 4pm. Check this Halloween @ Amoeba 2014 post for full details on each of the three stores. And if you need assistance in compiling a Halloween soundtrack to listen to, check out Billy Gil's 13 Albums That Are Perfect for Halloween or go back to last year's great guide to Halloween vinyl by Kelly S. Osato: Horror On Wax: Halloween Vinyl Picks.
 

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Weekly Roundup: Cherry Glazerr, Jack Name, White Dove, Steppe People, Silk Rhodes, The Mantles

Posted by Billy Gil, October 31, 2014 10:08am | Post a Comment

Cherry Glazerr – “Tiptoe Through the Tulips”

Here’s a good one for Halloween. L.A.’s Cherry Glazerr turn in an eerie version of “Tiptoe Through the Tulips,” a traditional pop song made popular in cartoons and by Tiny Tim. The band recorded it for the trailer to Insidious: Chapter 3, as the song reoccurs throughout the films. Hear the band go from quietly creepy to roaring in the track below:

 

Hear it in the Insidious: Chapter 3 trailer below:

No word yet on if/when the track will be available. Cherry Glazerr’s Haxel Princess is out now. The band also recently released a 7” called Had Ten Dollaz, featuring two new songs.

 

Jack Name – “Running After Ganymede”

jack nameL.A. lo-fi pop wunderkind Jack Name released an excellent, underrated album in January called Light Show, and he’s already got a new one planned called Weird Moons, due Jan. 20 on Castle Face. This is another great one for Halloween, an eerie space-groover with faint howls in the background and vocals like a vampire in love. Check it out via Death and Taxes. He’s on tour right now with Thee Oh Sees and comes to S.F. Dec. 4-5 at The Chapel.

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