Monday, January 19, 2009


One of the relatively few garage bands from the Deep South to make a national impression in the mid-'60s, the Gants hit the Top 50 in 1965 with their cover of "Roadrunner." Liberty Records then preceded to bleed the band dry by issuing three cover-heavy albums and five more singles in the next year and a half. They deserved better, because lead singer and guitarist Sid Herring was a performer and songwriter of some talent. Too Beatlesque to be considered a garage band in the usual mold, their original material approximated elements of the Fab Four's sound circa 1965 with a blend of mid-tempo acoustic and electric guitars, close harmonies, and a slight country feel. Herring himself sounded like Lennon, and he wasn't above reworking melodic phrases from "In My Life" and "From Me to You." The strong material tended to be dwarfed by their rushed, cover-heavy albums, and the group never had another hit after "Roadrunner."
1. Roadrunner - The Gants, Diddley, Bo 2. My Baby Don't Care - The Gants, Herring, Sid 3. Smoke Rings (You Can't Blow) - The Gants, Herring, Sid 4. Little Boy Sad - The Gants, Walker, Wayne 5. Gloria - The Gants, Morrison, Van 6. I Don't Want to See Her Again - The Gants, Herring, Sid 7. Stormy Weather - The Gants, Arlen, Harold 8. Never Go Right - The Gants, Herring, Sid 9. Six Days in May - The Gants, Herring, Sid 10. I Wonder - The Gants, Herring, Sid 11. Crackin' Up - The Gants, Diddley, Bo 12. Summertime Blues - The Gants, Capehart, Jerry 13. Try Too Hard - The Gants, Clark, Dave [Drums] 14. I Want Your Lovin' - The Gants, Bohling 15. Spoonful of Sugar - The Gants, Herring, Sid 16. Dance Last Night - The Gants, Upton, R. 17. Somebody Please - The Gants, Herring, Sid 18. Oh Yeah - The Gants, McDaniel, E. 19. I'm a Snake - The Gants, Herring, Sid 20. Greener Days - The Gants, Gates, Dave
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