GREEK GARAGE BANDS OF THE 60'S - 1ST EDITION
Many equate the Greek pop-rock scene of the 60's with band that performed light, insipid, and frequently silly songs. But how many have ever heard about the other side of this scene: bands that recorded some pure garage rock cuts during the three-year period between 1965 and 1967? Here we present seven short-lived bands, each of which existed for 2-3 years and made very few recordings. Nevertheless, those recordings constituted the first efforts of several musicians who are still, even today, writing "hit" songs. First of all we find the Persons from Piraeus (essentially a suburb of the city of Athens and the biggest Greek port - the Translator). This band -- an early incarnation of the legendary Socrates Drank The Conium -- put out 3 singles overall and consisted of the following members: John Spathas, Antonis Tourkogiorgis, Ilias Asvestopoulos, Ilias Boukouvalas, and Antonis Pitsolantis. It is not accidental that songs from their first single open both sides of this record; in our personal opinion this is the best (Greek) single of the sixties: a pair of genuine garage "diamonds"! Following the Persons are:
-The Teenagers (1 single), with Kostas Tournas (he later became a well known Greek pop music singer and is still active today; unfortunately his new releases, though quite popular, are uninteresting to say the least - the Translator) in his first appearance and 11 year old (!) drummer Kostas Pavlopoulos.
-The "stormy" Stormies (3 singles), consisting of members of other well known groups of this era (among them were Makis Saliaris and Spyros Metaxas) and featuring a special appearance by their second drummer Loukas Sideris in "Drums in the Storm."
-Pure garage rockers the Rabbits from (the island of) Rhodes (1 single), the first provincial band (of its kind) to release a record on a major record label.
-The Girls (1 single), the first and only all-girl group to put out a record during the 60's in Greece. The song featured here can also be found on the American compilation "Girls in the Garage" Vol.5.
-The really young Knacks, a five member Athenian band which put out 2 singles.
-And finally, the terrific Loubogg (4 singles) -- who later became Peloma Bokiou -- with Giannis Kiourktsoglou and Nikos Daperis performing what was at the time acknowledged as the best song with English lyrics in Greece.
Most of the tracks found on this record appear on vinyl for the first time after 25 years. They have been unearthed from the garage of helenic rock'n'roll history of the sixties, and challenge us to take a fascinating journey into the past.
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Thodoris Kritharis Akis Ladikos Thodoris Koutsis (Rock FM) Haris Kavadias (Pop & Rock)
GREEK GARAGE BANDS OF THE 60'S - 2ND EDITION
PERSONS: "DRIVE MY MUSTANG"
Most fans of the genre consider this the ultimate Greek garage song. It's a legendary song and one of the most wanted and hardest to find singles. It was written by the Persons from Piraeus, a band that later was known by the name Socrates Drank The Conium.
LOUBOGG: "SHE'S COOL"
The Loubogg were started by Giannis Kiourktsoglou, who was also responsible for creating many other bands during the 60's. Later they changed their name to Peloma Bokiou and became known to a much wider audience.
NELLI MANOU: "CRAZY GIRL"
A seminal song for the shaking 60's in Greece. It was first performed in the movie by film director Giannis Dalianidis, "The Blue Pearls" (1966-1967). In the movie popular film star Zoe Laskari appears to be singing "Crazy Girl," but in reality the voice heard belongs to popular singer Aleka Kanelidou. Here Nelli Manou performs it under the direction of Mimis Plessas, who wrote the song.
CHARMS: "MR. GOOZE", "IT'S MY LIFE", "I'M COMING BACK"
One of the most popular Greek bands of the 60's. The Charms started recording in '64. They released 3 singles before their line up changed. The A sides of those singles are included on this compilation.
RABBITS: "I'M LOOKING IN THE UNIVERSE"
This is the first band from the country side that managed to record a single for a major label. Originally from Rhodes, they released "Run Around of a Girl"/"I'm Looking in the Universe" in 1967; a truly primitive garage single.
MGC: "FOXY LADY"
MGC became known through the very successful live shows that they regularly put on during 1965. In 1966 they recorded their first record for the Pan Vox label. Here they cover "Foxy Lady" by Jimmy Hendrix.
THE GIRLS: "HELLO BEETHOVEN", "ROCKET FOR GIRLS"
Four 16 year old girls, Bessy, Julie, Efie, and Marie, created The Girls in 1966. They play several live shows and record their only single just before breaking up.
THE CROWNS: "WILD THINGS" One of the many bands of this era that disappeared after a series of live appearances. Unfortunately we have very limited information concerning the Crowns' history. Here they cover a Troggs song. ARIONES: "GIMMIE SOME LOVIN'"
This band recorded quite a few singles with Greek, English, and Italian songs. Here they do a fairly successful cover of a Spencer Davis Group number. TEENAGERS: "YOU DON'T LOVE ME"
Among the best bands of this era, featuring a young Kostas Tournas. Their live appearances in festivals organized by the beverage Tam-Tam remain unforgettable. It is worth mentioning that the drummer of the band was just 11 years old.
THE KNACKS: "THE THEME OF THE DAY"
The band adopted its name from the English movie "Knacks". With a line up consisting of young teens the Knack recorded some songs in 1966.
FORMINX: "LOVE WITHOUT LOVE"
A very important band for the 60's scene in Greece. They broke up at the high point of their career, leaving behind them several successful concerts and a notable discography.
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