Featuring music from the Badger State
and the surrounding area.To showcase the "lesser known music",Independent music,and bands with ties to Wisconsin.
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Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Badger Beat Chronicles- Various 1960's Garage- The Spacemen "Modmen"
We're frozen solid this winter ... and that's probably why I haven't been posting! Someone finally threw some rock salt on me and chipped me off of the frozen ground. Thanks! This wonderful vinyl only release from Misty Lane Records out of Italy, really isn't complete, but has the makings of several more volumes! (hint hint) It features a variety of small local labels of the music of the 60's, and is a natural extension of the Ace Records compilations: Rockin' In Wisconsin-The Cuca Records Story Volume 3, Elemental Instrumentals-Instrumental Rock From Cuca Records 1959-1965, and the wonderful Garagemental!-The Cuca Records Story Volume 2 (also on Ace Records) It seems like the labels from Italy and the UK are the only ones releasing music like this, sadly. But what the heck, someone like us! We music fanatic Wisconsin-ites have known about this music for years! We have the singles, and that was the only way to have this music. But no one's taken it the the next level by releasing it,on compilations, until import labels made it cool. Thanks! Finally Wisconsin music has a chance to shine! It's just as odd as any other state's garage musical history, and Badger Beat Chronicles is just another example of the fine music that comes from our fair state. Many of the bands were also featured prominently on other compilations (vinyl only) on two particular volumes of Highs In The Mid 60's-Wisconsin Volumes 10 and 15. You'll hear the other singles,on Highs In The Mid-60's like the Faros, (doing a blazing garage R & B workout version of Please,Please What's The Matter)with an awesome guitar freakout that runs crazy until the song finally fades, like it can't go on anymore. Pure teenage insanity. They don't make music like that anymore...and I wish they did. It's raw and real. I encourage you to seek out those vinyl editions, and give them a spin. Otherwise, stay tuned here! I'll do my best to present it. These are all important pieces of the music puzzle you must own or at least hear, because if you're already reading this, you're interested! But, back to Badger Beat Chronicles; you're going to get music from bands who might have only released one or two singles on their own labels, or a friend's label, or if they were lucky Cuca Records. Who were able to distribute a little better than the smaller home made labels. The only other way you could distribute your singles was just by live shows, and maybe giving a local DJ a copy, to play. And you had to play the larger cities, in order to get your singles heard. Talk about do-it-yourself! The punks weren't the first to invent it! So this wonderful vinyl edition compiles singles-some A sides and maybe an odd B-side for us, and is, perhaps the only way you're going to hear this music,and their cosmic yelps. Just because you've never heard of these bands,doesn't mean they don't rock, and they aren't cool. Give it a chance,and you'll be a garage music fanatic like me. I hope to see more of these type of compilations, so this unheard music can be heard across the world, putting Wisconsin rock music on the map. Though this is surely obscure garage music, it rocks and is unforgettable. Here's the slop, pop: 01. The Crucibles- Beware Of Birds 02. The Komons- Caught In A Trap 03. The Chieftones- Don't Dare 04. Sano & The Saints Five- Have Love Will Travel 05. The Quarrymen- Why 06. The Private Property Of Digil- To My Friends 07. The Inspirations- That Girl 08. The Henchmen VI- Is Love Real? 09. The Society- One Way Ride 10. The Quarrymen- Don't Try Your Luck 11. The Talismen- Glitter & Gold 12. The Spacemen- Modman 13. The Challengers Of Who- Leave Me Be 14. The Wanderer's Rest- The Girl That I Love 15. Tomorrow's Children- I Can Only Give You Everything 16. The Pynk Peach Mob- No Tears 17. The Faros- I'm Calling You Back 18. The Orbits- Don't 19. The Girls Take Over- High Heel Sneakers 20. The Hinge- The Idols Of Your Mind Link in the comments sections.
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