The Gus Knorr Show – 4/2/12

Hey everyone! Tonight’s episode of The Gus Knorr Show will be on the air momentarily, and is sure to be a great time, as always. Tonight’s theme is going to focus on different American garage rock bands from the 1960s.

  • The first song tonight was actually released in 1959, and is considered one of the first successful garage rock songs in America. From The Wailers, it’s “Tall Cool One.”
  • Next up is the first charting single by Paul Revere and the Raiders, who would achieve greater commercial success in the later 1960s. This song, however, was released in 1961, and is called “Like, Long Hair.”
  • Moving right along to a song from 1963, the next song is one of the best known garage rock singles, peaking at #2 on the music charts. Of course, I am talking about “Louie Louie,” by The Kingsmen.
  • Another high charting single released the same year by The Trashmen is next, and is probably only known by people for being played on an episode of Family Guy a few years ago. Have you heard? It’s “Surfin’ Bird!”
  • Switching up to a couple of newer songs for a little bit, the next song is by an Argentinian garage rock band, who released a new album earlier this year. From the album, In the Land of Silver Souls, it’s “Town of Sorrow.”
  • The next song is another newer one from a garage rock band, namely The Black Keys. This was the lead single from their new album El Camino, and is called “Lonely Boy.”
  • Moving back to older garage rock band songs, this song is by The Rivieras of South Bend, Indiana. Released early in 1964 right before the British Invasion, it’s “California Sun.”
  • The next song is another one released in 1964, by a Seattle-based band important in the history of garage rock, and in the development of punk and metal. This is “The Witch,” by The Sonics.
  • Moving on to another song from 1964, this one is by The Beau Brummels, who were shaped by British Invasion groups. This is their first released single, called “Laugh, Laugh.”
  • Next up is a song from 1965, which sounds almost exactly like The Beatles. To the best of my knowledge, it was not sung by the same guy who replaced Paul McCartney in the look-a-like contest after he died in a car crash in 1966, and they then placed backmasked clues about his death in their albums. (This all really happened, by the way.) Anyway, the song is “Lies,” by The Knickerbockers.
  • The next song is from around the same time, and was released by a band from New York, but actually claimed to be from Australia. It has been covered by many musicians over the years, but this is the original version by The Strangeloves, which ironically enough, did not chart in Australia; it’s “I Want Candy.”
  • Moving from a band from New York to a band from Chicago, this next song is the debut single from Shadows of Knight, a garage rock band from the suburb of Mount Prospect. This song is a cover version of a song by Van Morrison’s band Them, which is “Gloria.”
  • The Wesley Willis Song of the Week is next, as he was from Chicago, just like Shadows of Knight. This song is simply called “Rock and Roll School.”
  • Moving back to older songs, the next one is the first of several ones in a row by a garage rock band that was from Los Angeles. The first one of these is The Seeds, and their first single from 1965, it’s “Can’t Seem to Make You Mine.”
  • Next up is one of the earliest recordings of the song “Hey Joe,” later covered by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, but this version was performed by The Leaves.
  • The next band released another version of “Hey Joe,” but this song is by another L.A.-based garage rock band, The Music Machine, and is “Talk Talk.”
  • Even though the next band is also from Los Angeles, this song of theirs is about Boston. By The Standells, this song is called “Dirty Water.”
  • The next song was actually a number one single in 1966, and is the biggest hit by Question Mark and the Mysterians, from Bay City, Michigan. This number one single is “96 Tears.”
  • Another high charting song from 1966 is next, which is “Psychotic Reaction,” by Count Five.
  • Next is a song from more of a psychedelic rock band, The Electric Prunes, and their high-charting single “I Had too Much to Dream (Last Night.)”
  • The second to last song on The Gus Knorr Show tonight is a song by The Human Beinz from Youngstown, Ohio, and was released in 1967; it’s “Nobody But Me.”
  • The final song tonight is by a Milwaukee-based garage rock band, whose drummer, Bruce Cole, works for the Raynor Library at Marquette as the librarian for the Jean Cujé Music Collection. This song, “Surfside Date,” was performed by Cole’s band The Triumphs.

That’s it for The Gus Knorr Show tonight, but stay tuned for The Gus Knorr Show, either next Monday, April 9th, (which is Easter Monday, so I might not have my show on that date, but we’ll see) or April 16th, at 9:30 PM as usual. Thanks for listening!

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