FLAMING GROOVIES

“Slow Death” live 1972


SHORT BIOGRAPHY:

The Flamin' Groovies was formed in San Francisco in 1965 by guitarists Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney. They originally played music heavily inspired by British band like the Beatles and the Stones. They have often been called one of the forerunners of punk rock, and they also had a major influence on the power pop genre, of which their albums produced by Dave Edmunds are great examples of.

Their first album Supersnazz was released in featuring Jordan, Loney, George Alexander (bass, harmonica, vocals), Tim Lynch (guitar, harmonica, vocals) and Danny Mihm (drums). It contained both re-creations of 1950s rock and roll and more melodic contemporary songs

Their next two were the critically acclaimed albums “Flamingo” and “Teenage Head” from 1970 and 1971.

In 1971 Loney left the band and was replaced by singer and guitarist Chris Wilson, and the band began to move in a more overtly power pop direction.

Between 1971 and 1976, little was heard of the group except their 1972 anti-drug song "Slow Death" (co-written by Loney).

In 1976, they teamed up with British producer Dave Edmunds, and recorded “Shake Some Action” which was a bit of an anachronism but also a minor masterpiece.

With Edmunds they released one more album and in 1979 came “Jumping in the Night”. In more recent years several versions of the band have toured and a couple of more albums been released.

Key Band Members:

Cyril Jordan: Songwriter; guitars and vocals, Original and permanent member .

Roy Loney: Vocals and guitars. Original lead singer. Left in 1971

Chris Wilson: Songwriter, singer and guitarist. Replaced Loney in 1971. He later became a long-term member of The Barracudas

George Alexander: Bass and long-term and founder member




Discography:


1. Supersnazz - Epic 1969

Tracks:
1. Love Have Mercy / 2. The Girl Can’t Help it / 3. Laurie Did It / 4. Apart from That / 5. Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu / 6. The First One's Free / 7. Pagan Rachel / 8. Somethin' Else / 9. Pistol Packin' Mama / 10. Brushfire / 11. Bam Balam / 12. Around the Corner
Rating :

2. Flamingo - Kama Sutra 1970

Tracks:
1. Gonna Rock Tonight / 2 . Comin' After Me / 3. Headin' for the Texas Border / 4. Sweet Roll Me on Down / 5. Keep a Knockin'/ 6. Second Cousin / 7. Childhood's End / 8. Jailbait / 9. She's Falling Apart / 10. Road House / 11.*Walking the Dog* / 12. Somethin' Else* / 13. My Girl Josephine* / 14.* Louie Louie / 15.* Rocking Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu* / 16. Around and Around* / 17. Rumble* / 18. Going Out Theme*
Rating :

3. Teenage Head - Kama Sutra 1971

Tracks:
1. High Flyin' Baby / 2. City Lights / 3. Have You Seen My Baby? / 4. Yesterday's Numbers / 5. Teenage Head / 6. 32-20 / 7. Evil Hearted Ada / 8. Doctor Boogie / 9. Whiskey Woman / 10. Shakin' All Over* / 11. That'll Be the Day* / 12. Louie Louie* / 13. Walkin' the Dog / 14. Scratch My Back / 15. Carol* / 16. Out Theme*
Rating : 6

4. Shake Some Action - Sire 1976

Tracks:
1. Shake Some Action / 2. Sometimes / 3. Yes, It’s True / 4. St. Louis Blues / 5. You Tore Me Down / 6. Please Please Girl / 7. Let The Boys Rock’n Roll / 8. Don’t Lie to Me / 9. She Said Yeah / 10. I’ll Cry Alone / 11. Misery / 12. I Saw Her / 13. Teenage Confidential / 14. I Can’t Hide
Rating : 8

5. Flaming Groovies Now - Sire 1978

Tracks:
1. I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better / 2. Between the Lines / 3. Up's and Down's / 4. Move It / 5. Take Me Back / 6. Reminiscing / 7. Good Laugh Mun / 8. Yeah My Baby / 9. House of Blue Lights / 10. Blue Turns to Grey / 11. Paint It Black / 12. All I Wanted / 13. Don't Put Me On / 14. There's a Place
Rating :6

6. Jumpin' in the Night - Sire 1979

Tracks:
1. Jumpin' In The Night / 2. The Next One Crying / 3. First Plane Home / 4. In The U.S.A. / 5. Down Down Down / 6. Yes I Am / 7. Werewolves of London / 8. It Won't Be Wrong / 9. Please Please Me / 10. Tell Me Again / 11. Absolutely Sweet Marie / 12. 5D / 13. Ladyfriend
Rating : 6


7. Bucketful of Brains (71) - 1983

Tracks:
1.Can't Explain / 2. Sweet Little Rock 'n' Roller / 3. Have You Seen My Baby / 4. Road House / 5. Doctor Boogie / 6. Slow Death / 7. Shakin' All Over / 8. Teenage Head / 9. Louie Louie / 10. Walking the Dog
Rating :


8. One Night Stand - 1987

Tracks:
1. Shake Some Action / 2. Slow Death / 3. Teenage Head / 4. Slow Down / 5. Tallahassee Lassie / 6. Kicks / 7. Bittersweet / 8. I Can't Hide / 9. Money / 10. Call Me Lightning / 11. Way Over My Head* / 12. You Tore Me Down* / 13. Shaking*
Rating : 7

9. Step Up - 1991

Tracks:
1. She's Got a Hold on Me / 2. Step Up / 3. Way Over My Head / 4. Thanks John / 5. Little Girl / 6. Ninteen Eighty Four / 7. Searching / 8. Give It Away / 9. I'm Only What You Want Me to Be / 10. Way Down Under / 11. Land of the Few / 12. Milkcow Blues / 13. Can't Stay Away From You
Rating :7

10. Rock Juice - 1993

Tracks:
1. Way Over My Head / 2. Sealed With a Kiss / 3. Hold on Me/ 4. Somebody's Fool / 5. Stay Away / 6. I'm Only What You Want Me to Be / 7. Shakin' / 8. Give It Away / 9. Thanks John / 10. This Could Be the Night / 11. Ainsley's Song / 12. Little Girl / 13. When She's in Town / 14. Flyin' Saucers Rock 'n' Roll
Rating :7

11. Fantastic Plastic - 2017

Tracks:
1. What the Hell's Goin' On / 2. End of the World / 3. Don't Talk to Strangers / 4. Let Me Rock / 5. She Loves You / 6. I Want You Bad / 7. Crazy Macy / 8. Lonely Hearts / 9. Just Like a Hurricane / 10. Fallen Star / 11. I'd Rather Spend My Time with You / 12. Cryin' Shame
Rating : 6

Essential Albums!

Original albums as listed and rated on “Rate Your Music” - July 15 - 2016

64Shake Some Action - 1976
131Teenage Head - 1971
210Flamingo - 1970
267Now - 1978
333Jumping in the Night - 1979
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April 15 - 2006 - "rateyourmusic.com"


My Suggestion For a "80 minutes Best Of Compilation - more tracks will be added":


1. Shake Some Action ( Jordan/Wilson ) Shake Some Action
2. I Saw Her ( Jordan/Hunter ) Shake Some Action
3. Teenage Confidential ( Jordan/Wilson ) Shake Some Action
4. Yes, It's True ( Jordan/Wilson ) Shake Some Action
5. You Tore Me Down ( Jordan/Wilson ) Shake Some Action
6. I'll Cry Alone ( Jordan/Wilson ) Shake Some Action
7. Sometimes ( Gene Thomasson ) Shake Some Action
8. Please Please Girl ( Jordan/Wilson ) Shake Some Action
9. I Can't Hide ( Jordan/Wilson ) Shake Some Action
10. Slow Death ( Jordan/Loney ) Single 1971
11. I Feel a Whole Lot Better ( Clark ) Now
12. Between the Lines ( Jordan/Wilson ) Now
13. Take Me Back ( Jordan/Wilson ) Now
14. Good Laugh Mun ( Jordan/Wilson/Edmunds ) Now
15. All I Wanted ( Jordan/Wilson ) Now
16. Yes I Am ( Jordan/Wilson ) Jumping in the Night
17. 5D ( McGuinn ) Jumping in the Night
18. First Plane Home ( Jordan/Wilson ) Jumping in the Night
19. Tell Me Again ( Jordan/Wilson ) Jumping in the Night
20. Absolutely Sweet Marie ( Dylan ) Jumping in the Night
21. Lady Friend ( Crosby ) Jumping in the Night
22. 19th Nervous Breakdown ( Jagger/Richards ) Jumping in the Night
23. Kicks ( Mann/Weill ) One Night Stand
24. Bittersweet ( Faulkner ) One Night Stand
25. Way Over My Head ( Jordan/Wilson ) Step Up
26. She's Got a Hold on Me ( Jordan ) Step Up
27. I'm Only What You Want me to Be ( Jordan ) Step Up
28. Can't Stay Away From You ( Jordan ) Step Up
29. Step Up ( Jordan ) Step Up
30. Searching ( Jordan ) Step Up
31. Land of the Few ( Edmunds ) Step Up
32. Sealed With a Kiss ( Udell/Geld ) Rock Juice
33. When She's in Town ( Jordan ) Rock Juice
34. Shaking ( Jordan ) Rock Juice
35. What the Hell´s Going On ( Jordan/Wilson ) Fantastic Plastic
36. I Want You Bad ( Adams/Crandon ) Fantastic Plastic
37. Don't Talk to Strangers ( Elliott/Durand ) Fantastic Plastic
38. The End of the World( Jordan/Wilson ) Fantastic Plastic
39. She Loves Me ( Jordan/Wilson ) Fantastic Plastic
40. Lonely Hearts ( Jordan/Wilson ) Fantastic Plastic
41. Fallen Star ( Jordan/Wilson ) Fantastic Plastic
42. Cryin' Shame ( Jordan/Wilson ) Fantastic Plastic
43. Yesterday's Numbers ( Jordan/Loney ) Teenage Head
44. Whisky Woman ( Jordan/Loney ) Teenage Head
45. Teenage Head ( Jordan/Loney ) Teenage Head


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