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Flamin’ Groovies

Flamingo (reissue)

Buddha

Flamin’ Groovies

Teenage Head (reissue)

Buddha

Pound for pound, San Francisco’s Flamin’ Groovies put down more molten slabs of killer wax than most bands before or since. Forged of a mixture of British pop, Delta blues, and punk garage energy, Roy Loney and crew wrote some wicked tunes. Their third album, Flamingo , featured classics such as “Comin’ After Me” and “Second Cousin,” along with covers of “Keep a Knockin’,” among others. The fourth record, Teenage Head , the last featuring Loney, has the killer title cut (which could be a teen horror movie outline), as well as other killer bits of boogie. Buddha’s reissues include a ton of extra cuts that allow the newbie to fully appreciate a band that at their best stomped all the competition at the time, and provided the groundwork for later acts such as Royal Trux.

Buddha Records, 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036; http://www.buddharecords.com

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