Monday, February 16, 2009

The Standells 'Hot Hits & Hot Ones'

Formed: 1962 in Los AngelesDisbanded: 1983Genre: RockActive: '60s, '90sMajor Members: Tony Valentino, Larry Tamblyn, Dick Dodd, Gary Lane
The Standells made number 11 in 1966 with "Dirty Water," an archetypal garage rock hit with its Stonesish riff, lecherous vocal, and combination of raunchy guitar and organ. While they never again reached the Top Forty, they cut a number of strong, similar tunes in the 1966-67 era that have belated been recognized as '60s punk classics. "Garage rock" may not have been a really accurate term for them in the first place, as the production on their best material was full and polished, with some imaginative touches of period psychedelia and pop. The Los Angeles band were actually hardly typical of the young suburban outfits across America who took their raw garage sound onto obscure singles recorded in small studios. They'd been playing L.A. ... Read More...
1 Dirty Water Cobb 2:47 2 Rari Cobb 3:22 3 Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White Cobb 2:46 4 Medication Alton, DeTosti 2:27 5 There Is a Storm Comin' Cobb 2:44 6 19th Nervous Breakdown Jagger, Richards 3:57 7 Why Did You Hurt Me? Dodd, Valentino 2:29 8 Why Pick on Me Cobb 3:06 9 Paint It Black Jagger, Richards 3:14 10 Black Hearted Woman Houle 2:46 11 Mainline Chellis, Huntress 2:09 12 Mr. Nobody Tamblyn 2:39 13 Wild Thing Taylor 4:05 14 Riot on Sunset Strip Fleck, Valentino 2:25 15 Try It Levine 2:53 16 Barracuda Cobb 3:09 17 Poor Shell of a Man Dodd 2:49 18 Can't Help but Love You Bennett, McElroy 2:53 19 Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do) Cropper, Floyd, Pickett 4:09 20 Animal Girl Moore 3:08 21 Soul Drippin'
Review by John Bush
No one's confusing it with Hot Rocks, but this Big Beat collection is the biggest, best yet available on the Standells, beginning with the A-side of their 1965 breakout "Dirty Water" and ending 20 songs later with the B-side of their final original single. Along with a copious band biography in the liner notes, Hot Hits & Hot Ones also boasts a few better tracks than any other CD-era compilation, including additions like a faithful cover of "19th Nervous Breakdown," "There Is a Storm Comin'," and the surprisingly soulful "Animal Girl" (the A-side of their parting shot). Of course, a Standells compilation just wouldn't be right without sullen classics like "Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White," "Riot on Sunset Strip," "Why Did You Hurt Me?," and "Mainline."
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