Saturday, July 30, 2005

49th Blue Streak: Fire/Foxey Lady (MBM Productions MBM No. 1947)

And now, ladies and gentleman, we present to you the influence of Hendrix! As soon as Jimi lit his guitar on fire at Monterrey, he and his Experience were soon blowing minds everywhere. Which meant every garage band in the country wanted to cover his songs. Of course, they couldn't play as well as Jimi, but that didn't stop them. Hence it is with this band's only 45 which gives you two Hendrix covers for the price of one. And both of those covers are drenched in oodles of fuzz guitar. What they didn't have in Hendrix's chops, they easily made up for by cranking up the fuzz and loading up on a lot of that 60s teenage attitude. It's too bad they didn't have a wilder drummer. The drummer here could barely keep the beat. But if fuzz is all you're craving, this can satisfy that sweet tooth. It just so happens, by the way, that a group called Five By Five was having some minor chart success with their own version of "Fire" (on Paula), but perhaps that's another story.

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