Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday Nuggets: "Green Fuzz"

Randy Alvey and the Green Fuz were from Bridgeport TX. They recorded one song "Green Fuzz" in 1969 that was released locally. Somehow, much later it became a cult classic for its primitive sound. "Green Fuzz" was included on the influential compilation of '60 garage songs, Pebbles. It was also covered by The Cramps and The Lemonheads. Collectors then went scrambling for the obscure original by Randy Alvey and the Green Fuz. Listen to it: 

Here's The Cramps version from 1981, it being obvious how much this one song influenced the entire Cramps sound:

The Lemonheads version slows things down and cleans up the sound considerably, which to my ears completely misses the point, but maybe one of you will enjoy this nonetheless:

The Green Fuz reunited and played a few shows in 2008.  

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