November 16, 2011

The Rockin' Ramrods with obligatory "band in tree" shot.

Since we're all over the map musically this week, I thought I would toss into the mix a word or two from The Rockin' Ramrods, iconic purveyors of Garage proto-punk from the 60's.

One of those bands who had more of a regional following at the time (on the East Coast since they were Boston based), they rose to fame as opening act for the Rolling Stones during the New England leg of their 1965 US tour. They enjoyed a loyal local following throughout the 1960's and recorded some nine singles which never achieved mass popularity. After fits and starts and several personnel changes, the band dissolved but eventually morphed into the quasi-psychedelic outfit Puff where they landed a label deal with MGM and issued an album in 1968. The album went nowhere (MGM had a habit of doing that). They left the label and regrouped as The Ramrods, finally self-producing an album in 1971.

Tonight it's their 8th single, Bright Lit Blue Skies and like most of their singles, considered a sadly neglected gem. If you've heard of the band you've no doubt heard this track. I've been informed that all their material is available via iTunes. So if you're curious and want to hear more, now's your chance.

But if you're not familiar with them, here's a starting off point to check out.

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