MORTY SHANN & THE MORTICIANS : "MOVIN' IN / RED HEADED WOMAN" 45.....
Made reference to these guys a few posts ago and got an email saying, "who??
". Well. MORTY SHANN & THE MORTICIANS
were unknown to history until Norton
found their unissued 1960 recordings of these two songs and quietly set them loose along with all the other sleeveless 45s they pushed out a few years back. I sort of picked this one out of a catalog on a whim and was just floored when I heard it. Primitive Shit Music? Puh-leeze
. This is so raunchy and bug-eyed insane it puts even the TRASHMEN
to shame. Morty is a frog-voiced, gravel-throated belter and his band plays off-the-rails, poorly-tuned madman's rock that's completely frantic and pulse-quickening. Before your breath can be caught and your nerves steadied, each 90-second retarded wonder is over in a big unexpected flame-out or quick fade. Fans of BUNKER HILL
, THE PINETOPPERS
and the fastest of the early lo-fi rockabilly pioneers will be very pleased, but this really ain't rockabilly, nor R&B -- just pure white frat trash. It'd be real nice to know who these guys were and where the hell they came from & if they ever tried to inflict this sound on a paying audience.