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Underground luminaries of garage rock, The Ugly Ducklings are considered a top-shelf Canadian rock ‘n’ roll band of the '60s. This eponymous 2005 reissue compiles the Toronto quintet’s sole 1966 album, Somewhere Outside, with previously unreleased songs, alternate takes, a few 45 singles, and B-sides. “Just in Case You Wonder” opens on a Pretty Things–inspired groove (perhaps why it was chosen to be part of Pebbles, Volume 10 back in 1980). The surf-infused R&B rave-up “Nothing’” was the band’s one breakthrough single. It came out in 1966, one year before The Ugly Ducklings released the bouncier 45 “Gaslight.” Although it shows more original songwriting, that single didn't do as well as “Nothin’.” But The Ugly Ducklings also proved to be talented at putting their own spin on the songs of others, as evidenced by their smoking take on “My Little Red Book” by Burt Bacharach and the late, great Hal David. Other gems include the driving “I Wish You Would” and the spitting and spiteful “Hey Mama (Keep Your Big Mouth Shut).”

Biography

Formed: 1965

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s

Along with the Haunted, the Ugly Ducklings were probably the best Canadian rock group of the mid-'60s. Like the Haunted, they drew heavily from the Rolling Stones — as well as bits of the Kinks and Pretty Things — for their raunchy R&B/rock sound, but had the edge over the Haunted in that they wrote stronger original material. Scoring a national hit with "Nothin'," the Toronto band recorded an album in 1966 and a few singles in 1966 and...
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