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Formed in Los Angeles in 1963, The Standells were manipulated by ace producer Ed Cobb into an archetypal punk band. He wrote most of their material and ensured that their lyrics articulated the resentments of America's youth against their parents and society. They are perhaps best known for the classic punk rock single Dirty Water, their first single for Tower, which Cobb had written about the Charles river in Boston.
Prior to their association with Cobb, the band had recorded a 45 on Linda in 1964 as Larry Tamblyn and The Standells, three singles and an album for Liberty and a 45 for MGM who also included two tracks from their first album on the Soundtrack to Get Yourself A College Girl (MGM SE 4273) in 1965. In this period they were a twist type discotheque group.
Later in 1965, they met Cobb when he produced two singles for them The Boy Next Door and Don't Say Goodbye. Cobb was sufficiently impressed with them to have them signed to Tower and Dirty Water, released in November 1965, which apparently the band hated, became a smash hit. The album was also strong, providing another hit single, Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White, which was issued in June 1966. It was full of other strong tracks like Medication, There Is A Storm Comin' and some good covers such as Hey Joe and 19th Nervous Breakdown. The Standells never equalled this success again. The Why Pick On Me album sold quite well and included a track Have You Ever Spent The Night In Jail? which was apparently written from Cobb's experience whilst in Texas,
The Hot Ones! is best avoided, consisting as it does of cover versions of other artists' classic hits like Sunny Aftemoon, Wild Thing and Eleanor Rigby. It flopped badly when it was released in November 1966.
Later, in 1967, they attracted more attention when Try It was banned because it was alleged to have disgusting lyrics. This was a real injustice 'cos a cover version of the song by Ohio Express in 1968 wasn't. Yet, despite this, the release of their next single Don't Tell Me What To Do with their name spelt backwards as a publicity-seeking gimmick and the inclusion of two tracks, Riot On Sunset Strip and Get Away From Her, on the soundtrack to Riot On Sunset Strip, they never quite achieved their early promise.
In their latter days they co-opted old friend Joey Stec of Millennium, first as a co-writer, later as a full member. The band were keen to write and perform their own material, but their association with Cobb ended in 1968 and they split up later that year.
Prior to replacing Gary 'Walker' Leeds in The Standells, Dodd was "resting" from being an original Mouseketeer/Blues Magoo. He later recorded an unsuccessful solo album, The First Evolution Of Dick Dodd (Tower ST 5142) in April 1968. Larry Tamblyn, who was the brother of Russ Tamblyn, made three singles for Faro prior to his association with the band and an instrumental Summer Clothes Pts 1 & 2 (Sunburst) after its demise in 1968. Gary Leeds left the band prior to the release of the Dirty Water album and had a brief spell with The Walker Brothers. Dick Dodd later played for Joshua and Dave Burke joined Indian Puddin' and Pipe. Dewey Martin also substituted for Dick Dodd for four months, whilst Dave Burke was previously bassist with The Tropics, from Tampa. Finally, Lowell George (from The Factory) replaced Larry Tamblyn when he left.
In November 1999, The Standells reformed for a live gig at the 'Cavestomp '99!' festival in New York. Other bands appearing include The Chocolate Watchband and The Monks!! ~ (by Vernon Joynson / Max Waller / Joe Foster / Greg Shaw / Stephane Rebeschini)
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01 - Riot On Sunset Strip 2:25
02 - The Mugwumps / Sunset Sally 2:20
03 - The Sidewalk Sounds / The Sunset Theme 2:25
04 - Debra Travis / Old Country 2:02
05 - The Chocolate Watchband / Don't Need Your Lovin' 2:39
06 - The Mom's Boys / Children Of The Night 2:29
07 - The Sidewalk Sounds / Make The Music Pretty 1:41
08 - Get Away From Here 2:09
09 - Drew / Like My Baby 2:02
10 - The Chocolate Watchband / Sitting There Standing 2:23
11 - Love Me 2:46
12 - Batman 3:06
13 - Our Candidate 4:12
14 - The Boy Who Is Lost 2:34
15 - It's All In Your Mind 2:42
16 - School Girl 2:17
17 - I Hate To Leave You 2:33
18 - Looking At Tomorrow 2:18
19 - Don't Say Nothing At All 2:32
20 - Try It 2:50
21 - Rari 5:33
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