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"CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL" -THE STANDELLS - SPECIAL EDITION!- "LOVERS, MUGGERS AND THIEVES" FEATURING THE ALBUM "DIRTY WATER" BY THE STANDELLS IN HIGH DEF WITH NARRATIVE - EPISODE # 59 -THE CAPTAIN EXPLORES HIS COVE OF 8 TRACKS TREASURES

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“CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALLSPECIAL EDITION- THE STANDELLS! – “LOVERS, MUGGERS AND THIEVESFEATURING THE ALBUM “DIRTY WATERBY THE STANDELLS IN HIGH DEFINITION WITH NARRATIVE BY CAPTAIN BILLYEPISODE # 59

“LOVERS, MUGGERS, AND THIEVES?”

DIRTY WATER by The Standells (1965, Tower)

Even though the anthem of the Boston Red Sox, Dirty Water by The Standells, conceived and delivered in Los Angeles by a dyed in the wool Show Business outfit, – (they did a guest shot on The Munsters)- had little to no connection with that gritty burg in the Northeast, it has been inextricably associated with Boston ever since its debut. Producer-songwriter Ed Cobb had been mugged by the Charles River during a visit, and Garage Rock kismet was set in motion.

Larry Tamblyn’s band (originally Larry Tamblyn and the Standels… with ONE L) needed to change their image from shiny-suited Peppermint Lounge types to grumpy bad boys, and with ex-Mouseketeer Dick Dodd’s grungy vocalizing, and producer Cobb’s dystopian ditty, they made the transition brilliantly. Add Tony Valentino’s hooky fuzz guitar riff, and you have an undeniable classic. It was the second tune included in the first volume of Nuggets, proceeded only by The Electric Prunes I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM.

And, the album is excellent, too. Mostly originals (Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White is a notable example) – the amalgamation of grit, style, solid backbeat, and pristine harmony is thrilling. Every time I hear it I’m a horny twelve year old again. There are a couple of covers: 19th Nervous Breakdown (which hews so closely to the Stones arrangement it sounds like a K-Tel clone), and the obligatory Hey Joe…but, mostly this is an individualized statement from one of the greatest garage bands to ever plant their flag.

Disclaimer: I don’t actually own this 8 track, and I couldn’t find it anywhere online, but I’m sure it exists out there – (if anybody owns one let me know). This is a special edition Captain Billy, in tribute to Mr. Tamblyn, one of garage rock’s pioneers, and a friend of The Splendid Bohemians. Rave on, Larry!

TRACKS:

“Medication” (Minette Alton, Ben DiTosti) – 2:27 “Little Sally Tease” (Jim Valley) – 2:35 “There’s a Storm Coming” (Ed Cobb) – 2:43 “19th Nervous Breakdown” (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 3:55 “Dirty Water” (Ed Cobb) – 2:48 “Pride and Devotion” (Larry Tamblyn) – 2:15 “Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White” (Ed Cobb) – 2:37 “Hey Joe, Where You Gonna Go?” (Chester Powers)* – 2:10 “Why Did You Hurt Me?” (Dick Dodd, Tony Valentino) – 2:30 “Rari” (Ed Cobb) – 3:18 “Batman” (Neal Hefti) – 3:04. “It’s All in Your Mind” (Ed Cobb) – 2:38 “Love Me” (Dick Dodd, Tony Valentino) – 2:45 “Medication” [Instrumental] (Minette Alton, Ben DiTosti) – 2:43 “Poor Man’s Prison” (Keith Colley, Knox Henderson) – 2:23 “Take a Ride” – 2:08


By Rich Buckland 05/30/2022 01:49 PM

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