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The Brogues

An early square in the crazy quilt of psychedelia, this Merced, CA quartet included Ed Rodrigues (guitar); Rick Campbell (organ, bass); Bill Whittington (bass, guitar); and Greg Elmore (drums). Joining forces in late 1964, the long-haired R&B stylists did their first gig New Year's Eve and rapidly gained a devoted local following. Their confidence swelled, they cut two demos ("Someday" and "Journey") and began hawking them to various record labels. Alec Palao, the group's "official" biographer, said the latter tune -- an instrumental -- sounded like "the theme for a TV game show." Fortunately, "Someday" (a Rodrigues-penned folk-rocker) was strong enough to get the attention of Hush/Twilight Records. The Brogues rewaxed it with a Campbell-Elmore composition, "But Now I Find, " at San Francisco's Coast Recorders on June 23, 1965. First released on the Twilight label, then reissued on Challenge (a larger independent), the single drew rave reaction in Fresno, Bakersfield, and Stockton, but its success remained regionalized. Enter Gary Grubb (aka Gary Cole, aka Gary Duncan), former lead vocalist of the Ratz. With this hard-bitten punk as their new frontman, the Brogues appeared on Ninth Street West (an L.A. TV show) to promote their 45. Shortly thereafter, Challenge demanded a second single. Pressed for time, the group plucked Nancie Mantz and Annette Tucker's "I Ain't No Miracle Worker" from a stack of otherwise dire publisher's demos, and concocted "Don't Shoot Me Down" on the spot. Palao reveals that it was Rodrigues' amp, and specifically, its shredded speaker cones, which produced the distinctive fuzz-guitar sound. In comparison, "Don't Shoot Me Down" does seem a tad robotic and repetitious. "Miracle Worker" is not quite as convincing as the Chocolate Watchband's reading, but, given the circumstances, both tunes are surprisingly tight performances. The new 45 went nowhere. Duncan later claimed it was inadequately promoted -- Challenge having lavished their affections on a simultaneous release, the Knickerbockers' "Lies." The point was moot. Uncle Sam had given Campbell and Rodrigues their draft notices, sounding the Brogues' death knell. The band had been together only nine short months. Returning to his folk roots, Whittington became part of the Family Tree. Fate dictated that Duncan and Elmore should find eventual success with Freiberg, Cipollina, et al in Quicksilver Messenger Service. The Brogues' demo of "Someday" resurfaced on The Hush Records Story (Ace/Big Beat CDWIKD154). The four single sides were reissued on the vinyl-only EP (Sundazed SEP 114); while "I Ain't No Miracle Worker" and "Don't Shoot Me Down" were included on the various artists' compilation Psychedelic Microdots, Vol. 1: Orange, Sugar & Chocolate (Sundazed SC11005). ~ Stansted Montfichet
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Garage Beat '66 Vol 3: Feeling Zero...

1. Count Back

2. Mother Nature/Father Earth

3. Revenge

5. Crystalize Your Mind

6. Who Do You Love

8. Satisfaction Guaranteed

9. Don't Shoot Me Down

10. Smell Of Incense

13. Going Home

14. Why You Smile

17. Stay Out Of My World

18. Feeling Zero

19. Now It's Over

20. But Now I Find

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Track List: Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era

Disc 1

1. I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)

2. Dirty Water

3. Night Time

4. Lies

5. Respect

7. No Time Like The Right Time

8. Oh Yeah

10. Moulty

11. Don't Look Back

12. An Invitation To Cry

13. Liar, Liar

14. You're Gonna Miss Me

15. Psychotic Reaction

17. Romeo And Juliet

18. Sugar And Spice

19. Baby Please Don't Go

20. Tobacco Road

21. Let's Talk About Girls

22. Sit Down I Think I Love You

24. My World Fell Down

25. Open My Eyes

26. Farmer John

Disc 2

1. Talk Talk

2. Last Time Around

3. Nobody But Me

4. Journey To Tyme

5. No Friend Of Mine

6. Outside Chance

7. Action Woman

9. Sweet Young Thing

10. Incense And Peppermints

11. I Ain't No Miracle Worker

12. 7 & 7 Is

14. Going All The Way

15. I'm Gonna Make You Mine

16. The Trip

18. Why Do I Cry

19. Laugh, Laugh

21. I Wonder

22. I See The Light

23. Who Do You Love

24. Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)

25. Live

26. Steppin' Out

28. Strychnine

29. Little Girl

30. (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet

31. Shape Of Things To Come

Disc 3

1. Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)

3. At The River's Edge

5. Follow Me

8. She's About A Mover

9. Little Bit O' Soul

10. Put The Clock Back On The Wall

12. Run, Run, Run

13. I Need You

14. Knock, Knock

15. Primitive

16. Psycho

17. So What!!

18. You Must Be A Witch

19. A Question Of Temperature

20. Maid Of Sugar - Maid Of Spice

21. You Ain't Tuff

22. Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White

23. She's My Baby

24. Story Of My Life

25. I'm Five Years Ahead Of My Time

27. Bad Little Woman

28. Double Yellow Line

29. Optical Sound

30. Journey To The Center Of The Mind

Disc 4

1. Are You Gonna Be There (At The Love-In)?

4. Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl

5. Wooly Bully

6. I Want Candy

8. One Track Mind

9. Out Of Our Tree

10. I Think I'm Down

13. Johnny Was A Good Boy

14. Stop - Get A Ticket

16. The Witch

17. Get Me To The World On Time

20. Just Like Me

22. I Live In The Springtime

25. Love's Gone Bad

26. Why Pick On Me

27. Bad Girl

30. Blue's Theme

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