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Supersnazz - Flamin Groovies

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Audio CD: 22 Jan 2013 / Label: Culture Factory

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      18.03.2013 14:34
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      A commercial failure that's well worth a look at

      The Flamin' Groovies are a difficult band to categorise, more poppy than psych rock bands like The Standells and 13th Floor Elevators but sillier than bands like The Kinks or The Beach Boys, the closest I can think to The Flamin' Groovies is The Monkees.

      Being daft and writing songs with silly lyrics didn't necessarily mean that they couldn't play though, on top of that the vocals are really rather good and bluesy or also with a rockabilly edge or dreamy pop sound depending on the track in question. Supersnazz was the band's first release and came out in 1969. The most recent release has 4 bonus tracks at the end, which are different versions of four songs on the album. The band do several good covers of rockabilly classics like Eddie Cochran's - "Something Else", Bobby Troup's "The Girl Can't Help It" and Huey Piano Smith's "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu".

      It would be unfair to point to the covers as the only good songs though, how about the croaky sounding, Kinksish and somewhat saucy "Pagan Rachel", then there's the downright groovy "Brushfire" and "Laurie Did It", a track which starts off sounding countryish before getting into it's usual hippy strides, it's melodic, poppy and has some nice little guitar licks in it too.

      This album was a commercial failure and ended the band's hopes of making it on a big label but their loss is our gain thanks to the wonders of Youtube and Amazon. It'd take a fool denounce the album from the start but those that warm to it, we'll find it grows on you even more after a couple of listens.


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