Friday, June 8, 2012

The Standells: Rari

Our Friday Flipside takes us back to the king of garage bands from the mid 1960s – The Standells. “Rari,” today’s feature, was the “B” side to The Standells’ “Dirty Water” which charted at #11 – but has had more success being used by the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins. Because of the reference to Boston and its geography, many people incorrectly thought the band was from “Bean Town’; however, The Standells were an LA based act.

“Dirty Water,” like its flip “Rari,” was composed by the band’s producer Ed Cobb. Like the “A” side, “Rari” continues that garage band sound; however, it is less guitar based like “Dirty Water” and it features the Vox Continental organ of Larry Tamblyn – who is the uncle of actress Amber Tamblyn. It’s a great example of ‘60s garage grunge.

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