While fellow San Francisco bands like the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane were dropping out and turning on, the Flamin' Groovies were revivalists hell-bent on mining '50s rock for inspiration. Despite playing the wrong kind of music at the wrong time, their cult-like success sparked by the 1967 mini-album SNEAKERS earned the Groovies a contract with Epic to record a full-length record.
Led by vocalist Roy Loney and guitarist Cyril Jordan, this Frisco quintet put together a debut overflowing with garage-rock brio on songs like the fuzz-guitar driven "Love Have Mercy" and the rollicking "The First One's For Free." Not surprisingly, the Flamin' Groovies pulled out all the stops in paying tribute to their idols. Highlights include a chugging version of Little Richard's "The Girl Can't Help It" along with a smoking medley of Eddie Cochran's "Somethin' Else" and the swing standard "Pistol Packin' Mama" (complete with Loney's hiccuping phrasing). Also notable is a laid-back reading of Huey P. Smith's "Rockin' Pneumonia and The Boogie Woogie Flu" that could have could have been the inspiration for John Lennon's ROCK 'N' ROLL album. Unfortunately, poor sales and anachronisms don't mix and Epic released the band after only one record.(By John Dougan)
01 "Love Have Mercy" (Roy Loney)
02 "The Girl Can't Help It" (Bobby Troup)
03 "Laurie Did It" (Roy Loney)
04 "Apart from That" (Roy Loney, Cyril Jordan)
05 "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu" (Huey Smith, John Vincent)
06 "The First One's Free" (Roy Loney)
07 "Pagan Rachel" (Roy Loney)
08 "Somethin' Else (Sharon Sheeley, Bob Cochran)/ Pistol Packin' Mama" (Al Dexter)
09 "Brushfire" (Roy Loney, Cyril Jordan)
10 "Bam Balam" (Roy Loney, Cyril Jordan)
11 "Around the Corner" (Roy Loney, Cyril Jordan)
2000 Sundazed CD bonus tracks
12 "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu"
13 "The First One's Free"
14 "Somethin' Else"
15 "Laurie Did It"
Roy A. Loney - rhythm guitar, vocals
Cyril Jordan - guitar, vocals
Tim Lynch - guitar, vocals, harmonica
George Alexander - bass, vocals, harmonica
Mike Lang - keyboards
Danny Mihm - drums, percussion