VARIOUS ARTISTS : “GIRLS IN THE GARAGE, VOLUME ONE” CD….
One of those CDs that lay dormant and unlistened-to for 18 months until I forced myself to pry it out of hibernation to give it a “love it or sell it” spin. It made the cut. As an unabashed 60s girl group enthusiast
, I’d never been bowled over by these Romulan “Girls In The Garage”
comps when there were out on LP only, and my first listen to this one when I got it a while back resulted in another tired shrug. But it’s clicking now. This CD collects most of the first two volumes of the out-of-print LP comps and adds everyone’s second-favorite girl garage track, the BELLES’
“Melvin” (a raw tongue-in-cheek update on “Gloria”) – the first being Suzi Quatro’s PLEASURE SEEKERS
and the wild drinking anthem “What a Way To Die”. Add a few new ringers to the list: not one but two versions of the stomping “You Don’t Love Me” by KIM AND GRIM
and THE STARLETS
, and my favorite on this CD, “Only Seventeen” by obvious New Yawk gals THE BEATLE-ETTES
, who incorporate a few Beatle-isms in the track itself but otherwise reign with great harmonies and fun, uptempo surf-styled tunage. Why not girl garage bands
? The liner notes indicate they were ubiquitous across the fertile plains and high schools of America in 1965-67, and their inept tunings and ham-fisted playing styles are right in line with their teenage male contemporaries. There’s definitely more male svengali action and less original initiative with the girl bands – many of these are Phil Spector
productions/creations; only the rawest and fuzziest of the tracks seem to speak to true, naïve, let’s-start-a-band-in-our-garage gumption. And hey, girl voices are just better. You’re not going to find any barnburners on the level of the “Back From the Grave”
compilations, but there’s enough moxie & hidden charms within the 27 tracks to probably make this worth your while.