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No mere footnote in surf music history, the Avengers VI were an exceptional group of clean-cut rockers in matching suits from Anaheim, CA, whose somewhat forgotten classic, "Time Bomb" was covered in recent years by both Man or Astro-man? and the Bomboras. This reissue of their first recording, which came out in 1966, was originally intended to be promotion for the Good Humor Ice Cream Company. The cover features them on top of and around an ice cream truck sporting matching aqua-colored suits. Nearby, an ice cream man displays a Popsicle. But the album is also a very impressive and enjoyable collection of originals and covers including a knockout take on "Downtown," as well as Henry Mancini's "Mr. Lucky" and more obvious choices like "Pipeline" and "Peter Gunn." It's the originals, though, that make the case for the band being a forgotten gem amongst the legions of '60s surf groups. Featuring scintillating organ riffs and three guitars going berserk, songs like "None But the Brave" and "The Avengers Stomp" prove the Avengers VI to be a crucial, though mostly forgotten chapter of the surf music era.

Biography

Formed: 1965 in Anaheim, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '60s

The Avengers VI may seem like another one of those archival rock & roll discoveries of the 1960s, endlessly fascinating to the mavens of surf music but easily overlooked by most listeners -- but listeners would be doing themselves a serious disservice to overlook this particular band. These guys were not only good -- they were superb, and all the more remarkable for a band whose median age was around 16 when they turned semi-professional and 17 when they cut their only surviving sides (which do,...
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Real Cool Hits - EP, The Avengers VI
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  • 4,99 €
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Surf
  • Released: 1964

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