Whoa! The Barbarians perform “Hey Little Bird” on the TAMI package show in October 1964. Grungy garage rock waaaay ahead of its time, and the shot of Moulty the drummer going nuts with the dancers in the background is outtasight. If I had a time machine, I would figure out how to be in the audience for the TAMI extravaganza.
While we’re talking about the TAMI show, check out this incredible set by James Brown. The story goes that when scheduled show-closers the Rolling Stones saw his rehearsal, they begged not to have to follow him. If you don’t have time to watch the whole thing, skip to “Night Train” at 12:55 and be amazed.
California 45s by Blackburn and Snow, the Ariel, the Leaves, the Other Side, and Superfine Dandelion; Brit rock by the Who, Brian Auger, Fire, and Grapefruit; plus the Gentrys, Sir Mack Rice, Strawberry Alarm Clock, and nine more swingin’ records from the grooviest decade ever.
Album cuts by Nazz, Quicksilver Messenger Service, the Moody Blues, and the West Coast Pop Art Experimental band; soulful sides by Rodger Collins, Sly & the Family Stone, and Ruby Johnson; British beat by the Chapters, the Dave Clark Five, and the Scots of St James; plus Dusty Springfield, the Poor, the Sonics, and more.
Early tracks from the Bee Gees and Them; sunshine psychedelia by the Picadilly Line, Spanky & Our Gang, the Colors of Nights, and the Bystanders; 45s by the Bad Seeds, the King Bees, the Fox, and the Hi Numbers; plus Bobbie Gentry, Moby Grape, the Chocolate Watchband, and more.
A Monkees tune featuring Mike Nesmith that was shelved in ’66 due to tensions between songwriter Carole King and Nesmith; Solomon Burke with the first cover of Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm”; album cuts by the Kinks, the Lovin’ Spoonful, the Status Quo, and Traffic; plus the Clique, Captain Beefheart, garage band 45s, and more.
Album cuts by Soft Machine, the Doors, Sam & Dave, the Bobby Fuller Four, and Paul Revere & the Raiders; 45s by We the People, the Coachmen, and the Palace Guards; plus the Zombies, Dragonfly, Sagittarius, Southwest FOB, and more.
Who wouldn’t love this clip? Pat & Lolly Vegas (later to be known as Redbone) perform a cool song in a monster’s mouth at a club called the Dungeon while a girl wearing a tiara, gloves,go-go boots, and a bikini with fringe dances in front of them. ‘Nuff said.
This 1965 musical starred Gerry & the Pacemakers, and was the first film to be shot on location in Liverpool after the city became a famous hotbed of that beat, beat, beat. The trailer stands alone as a mid-60s time capsule.