Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Clock Work Orange - Your Golden Touch/Do Me Right Now
I have to apologize for not posting anything here last week, nothing more than pure laziness on my part. Originally, I was going to put up another radio podcast but, after going out and doing some digging the other day, decided to write about one of my finds, instead. I found today's record in a little antique store that's not exactly known for being a record haven. In fact, I'd never found a single 45 there worth buying. But, the other day, they had a couple dozen singles, including this interesting looking one by Clock Work Orange.
I didn't recognize the band name when I found the record but it sure looked like it might be 1960's era garage rock. And, voila!, I was right for a change. Turns out Clock Work Orange hailed from Paducah, KY, about an hour's drive from here. Released in late 1967, this was their only record.
"Your Golden Touch" is snotty nosed garage rock, complete with fuzzy guitar, including a great, overdriven break. The percussion is good, with some nice fills. The vocals are on the dark side, with a big scream right before the guitar break. The end of the song is a mini freakout, with the guitar really tearing it up. Too bad that it doesn't go on for a little longer.
"Do Me Right Now", with songwriting credit to fiddle man Doug Kershaw, is pretty much in the same style as "Your Golden Touch", only the guitars aren't as fuzzed out and the tune is much shorter, clocking in at under a minute and a half. It's still a winner though.
Creole was a Nashville, TN label and it's likely that the songs were recorded there, too. According to garage guru Mike Markesich (or MopTop Mike, if you prefer), Doug Kershaw also produced the record. Mike, who spoke to one of the band members several years ago, also says that Kershaw hated "those punk ass kids from Paducah". Nice that they could make such a wonderful impression. Sounds like a ringing endorsement, to me.