Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday Nuggets - The Standells

When you talk about '60's garage rock, "Dirty Water" by the Standells has to quickly enter the conversation. It is one of the cornerstones of the entire sound. As overplayed as it is, ubiquitous at Boston sport stadiums and oldies radio, it still sounds great to me. Did anyone ever improve on this guitar sound? 
This appearance on the Mike Douglas TV show catches them playing "Dirty Water" live, along with a second song, "There's a Storm Coming", and some pretty miserable dancing from Diahann Carroll and ventriloquist Shari Lewis. 

The Standells were from Los Angeles, not Boston, and at one point included future Little Feat leader Lowell George in the band. The band performs to this day. 

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