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4.3 out of 5
7 Ratings
7 Ratings
rsnowcat ,

Brill Building Blues

Those were the days my friend .. The "Strangeloves" in the recording studio(Brill Building) were comprised of New Jersey musicians then known as "The Counts" . My sister , Carolyn , was dateing the Jeff Beck lookalike Jack Raczka on guitar . Miles,Niles,Giles, could not play a single note , save for a chord or two on piano . Notice on The McCoys "Hang On Sloppy" recorded by same guys with Rick you know who Zerringer , sax player is Richie , playing tenor and alto sax simultaneously (ala Roland Kirk) . "The Counts" backed up Chubby Checker as well , appeared as "The Sheep" later . Zebra skin congas famously pictured on L.P. my younger brother traded with Max Weinberg for an orange , (taped over !) set of Rodgers drums . Early analog tapes of those syncopated musicians have been digitized and can be heard during "The Madmen" Admen or whatever HBO calls the Hollywood version of Madison Avenue during the SIXTIES . Keep playing that rock and roll....

bob bobblaw ,

it's true

there's a lottta things you young whipper-snappers didn't know . . . . .

hyperbolium ,

Veil lifted from terrific mid-60s pop/garage hoaxers

Although the Strangeloves were reputed to be a trio of Australian brothers (Giles, Miles and Niles Strange), they were actually a successful New York songwriting and production team. Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer wrote and produced the Angels’ “My Boyfriend’s Back,” but in the British Invasion’s wake they opted for the mystery of foreign roots. The deception worked, as their debut single “I Want Candy” hit #11, and the rhythmic follow-up “Cara-Lin” cracked the Top 40. Their final chart success, the hard-driving “Night Time,” topped out at #30 and was selected (in its edited single form) by Lenny Kaye for the seminal Nuggets album. The trio played a few live dates, but the bulk of the Strangeloves’ touring was handled by the studio musicians who worked on the records.

Perhaps the most famous track recorded by the Strangeloves was their non-charting version of “Hang on Sloopy.” Written by Bert Russell (for whose Bang label the Strangeloves recorded) and Wes Farrell, the backing track was reused for the McCoy’s hit single. The version here includes the extra verse cut from the McCoys’ single (the uncut McCoys version appears on One Hit Wonders of the ‘60s, Vol. 2). The Strangeloves’ biggest hit, “I Want Candy,” was reborn with the 1982 new wave cover by Bow Wow Wow. The album’s cover songs, including Gary U.S. Bonds’ “New Orleans” and “Quarter to Three,” Johnny Otis’ “Willie and the Hand Jive” and the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” are all sung in the group’s trademark style, heavy on the vocals and rhythm.

Among the originals, the Brill Building-styled “Rhythm of Love” (touchingly covered by the Pooh Sticks, Rubinoos and others) is the best of the non-hits. The rest tend to light weight and an over-reliance on the Bo Diddley beat, but they’re still performed with a great deal of verve. There’s something about New Yorkers pretending to be Australian sheep farmers faking New Orleans soul that really works. The tracks mix stereo (1-4, 7, 9, 13-14, 18, 20) and mono (5, 6, 8, 11, 12, 15-17, 19), and the bonus tracks (13-20) include several winners. Gottehrer went on to terrific fame as a record producer (notably for Blondie) and co-founder of Sire Records, while Jerry Goldstein became a producer and manager, but none of their later exploits ever again captured the of-the-moment kookiness of the Strangeloves. [©2010 hyperbolium dot com]

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