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The Del-Vetts

Not to be confused with the girl group of the same name, Chicago garage band the Del-Vetts formed on the city's north shore in 1963. Originally comprising singer/guitarist Jim Lauer, guitarist Lester Goldboss (soon replaced by Jeff Weinstein), bassist Bob Good, and drummer Paul Wade, the group started out playing Chuck Berry and surf rock covers, building a loyal following in the Chicago suburbs. In 1965, the Del-Vetts teamed with producer Bill Traut to record a cover of the Righteous Brothers hit "Little Latin Lupe Lu" for the tiny Seeburg imprint -- the single merited little notice, but Traut nevertheless signed the band to his Dunwich label. After a series of lineup changes, the Del-Vetts now consisted of Lauer, Good on guitar, Jack Burchall on bass, and Roger Deatherage -- this iteration of the group entered the studio in early 1966 to record "Last Time Around," an original penned by so-called "fifth Del-Vett" Dennis Dahlquist. A snarling fuzz-rocker featuring a blistering Lauer guitar solo clearly inspired by Jeff Beck's work in the Yardbirds, "Last Time Around" topped local radio play lists throughout the summer and cracked the national Top 30, but the follow-up, "I Call My Baby STP," was a flop.

At that point the Del-Vetts rechristened themselves the Pride and Joy, adopting a softer, more melodic sound for the 1967 single "Girl" -- the record was another local radio blockbuster, but with a corporate shakeup at Dunwich jeopardizing the group's long-range success, they moved to the Dot Records subsidiary Acta and even signed to star in a feature film, Somebody Help Me. Hitmakers Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil wrote the follow-up, "We Got a Long Way to Go" -- industry buzz on the single was strong, but it failed on radio and with the subsequent departure of Burchall, the Pride and Joy disbanded in 1968. Burchall returned to the pop charts in 1983 as a member of the Jump 'n the Saddle Band, which scored the novelty hit "The Curly Shuffle." Lauer did not fare as well -- reports suggest that he spent the better part of his post-Del-Vetts life confined to a mental institution. "Last Time Around" remains a masterpiece of the garage punk genre, and in 1998 was included on the first Nuggets box set. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Lost Legends Of Surf Guitar - Volume 2 - Point Panic

2. Fugitive

3. Jack The Ripper

5. Point Panic

7. Stick Shift

8. Shootin' Beavers

10. Boss Machine

12. Latin'ia

14. Walk, Don't Run

15. Midnight Surfer

18. Yep

19. Banzai Washout

20. Devil Surfer

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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

23. Mindrocker

25. Love's Gone Bad

26. Why Pick On Me

27. Bad Girl

30. Blue's Theme

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Track List: Oh Yeah! The Best Of Dunwich Records

1. Oh Yeah

2. Lonely I

3. The Girl I Threw Away

4. Last Time Around

5. Everytime

6. My Generation

7. Gotta Get Away

9. Searchin'

10. That's The Way It Is

11. I Won't Be The Same Without Her

12. Man With Money

13. I Call My Baby STP

15. Project Blue

16. Light Bulb Blues

17. Tease Me

18. The Great Train Robbery

19. A Girl As Sweet As You

21. Girl

23. Leave Me Alone

24. You Dove Deep In My Soul

25. Radio Spot: Ban Roll-On

26. You Don't Know Like I Know

27. Inside Outside

28. Your Stuff

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Nice piece of plastic...
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yamahabassis t
I've been into surf guitar from the first day I picked up my first Fender Strat. Can't wait to start a new surf band in NE Ohio.
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This music will never die !!!!! I saw Linc in Kent, Ohio What a Evening !! It is a good thing the Fire Marshall did not show really full !!
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jellyjam1234
Bass player was my best friend and brother Jack Burchall!
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good vocal almost sounds like marty balin
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It is sad that some bands live on only in obscure compilations . Consigned to the oblivion of the bargain bin.
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The Del-Vetts track is smoking. The Cramps should cover it.

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