Don't Be Bad! 60s Punk Recorded in Texas

Don't Be Bad! 60s Punk Recorded in Texas


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Huey P. Meaux knew what music would sell, which is why he was so hot to find a Texan band that could sound like one of those ravers out of the U.K. He found one with Sir Douglas Quintet, getting Doug Sahm and Augie Meyers to play Ray Charles with the ragged glee of the Kinks or Rolling Stones, but SDQ wasn't the only rock & roll band he recorded for his Crazy Cajun cabal. Once "She's About a Mover" hit in 1965, teenage Texans with guitars and organs sought out Meaux so he recorded them, putting out 7"s on Tear Drop, Ventural, Caddo, Capri, Shane, Pic, Pacemaker, Back Stage, and other imprints designed to disguise how Huey was running an empire. Alec Palao dug through the vaults, assembling Ace's 2015 compilation Don't Be Bad! 60s Punk Recorded in Texas out of rare singles and excavated cuts, among which is the comp's title track. Eleven of the tracks are previously unreleased but the entire collection is essentially unheard for those who aren't hardcore '60s garage and proto-punk collectors. Although the Phinx, one of those bands tucked away deep in Meaux's vaults, flirt with spacy drones on "To No Place of Its Own," this is all prime mid-'60s fuzz-toned stomps -- lean, cacophonous three-chord rockers punctuated by the occasional blues jam and descending minor-key madness. In other words, a lot of Stones and Yardbirds -- the Pirates jammed those two influences together in a medley of Bo Diddley's "Mona"/"Who Do You Love," tunes that were covered by the Stones and Yardbirds, respectively -- but Texas had its own garage quirks, namely great sheets of cheap, greasy organ, a hint of wayward Dylan influence (best heard on the Dodads' "Lost in a Crowd"), and a strain of pop that echoed both the Beatles and that great son of Lubbock, Buddy Holly. It's enough variety to keep things cooking on Don't Be Bad!, but credit that to Palao's sharp selection and sequencing, skills that are as evident as his research and excellent liner notes. Although there's no denying Meaux's nefarious side -- the main reason this collection doesn't dip into psychedelia is because he was jailed in 1967 on a violation of the Mann Act — Palao spins spin Meaux's hucksterism in the best possible light, showcasing how his eagerness to make a quick buck led to the kind of timeless trashy thrills preserved here.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/2015
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667432726
catalogNumber: 5014258
Rank: 84421

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Huey P. Meaux   Interviewee
Tommy Bolton   Interviewee
Bill Galyon   Interviewee
Jim McClain   Interviewee

Technical Credits

Dewey Terry   Composer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
Bob Sharp   Composer
Bill Wade   Composer
Alec Palao   Liner Notes,Photo Courtesy
Tony Andreason   Composer
Mark Charron   Composer
Lou Willie Turner   Composer
Ryan Chavez   Cover Photo
Andrew Brown   Interviewer,Photo Courtesy
Barry Wickham   Photo Courtesy
Tony Montalbano   Composer
Howard Lee   Composer
Eddie Everett   Composer
Stanley Chaisson   Composer
Perry Barrett   Composer
Harvey Kagan   Composer
J.P. Miller   Composer
Passions   Composer
Tommy Bolton   Composer
Barry Keller   Composer
Gaylan Latimore   Composer
Gaylan Shelby   Composer
Jim McClain   Composer
Swift   Composer
Mark Taylor   Photo Courtesy
Ray Hilburn   Composer
Richard Amburn   Composer
Rusty Shafer   Composer

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