One of the original 'super' garage groups from the original Nuggets album release in 1973. This band had humble beginnings around '62, appearing in budget teen flicks, like 'There's a Zebra in my Kitchen' ! They moved onto the brit beat in '64, making an appearance in The Munsters TV show, singing 'I Want To Hold You Hand'. Something must of taken hold after visiting the Munsters, because their sound changed soon after, into a more individual garage snarl, as noted on the tracks contained in this compilation.
They became managed by Ed Cobb, along with fellow stable mates the Chocolate Watchband. Of the two, the Standells had the most success in terms of records sold anyway. The two bands made an appearance on the famous 'Riot On Sunset Strip' film, which I have not seen. If anyone knows of it's existence on video or DVD, could you let me know.
Songs like 'Good Guys Sometimes Where Black' and 'Dirty Water' made a good impression on the US charts. Less successful, though charted, songs like 'Why Pick On Me' and 'Try It' kept the band in the public domain, and allowed them to secure an opening slot on the Beatles last tour of the States in '66.
This compilation brings the Standells best material to the mass public. The material is excellent, from the tough 'Dirty Water', through to more subtle tracks like 'Rari'.
A band who had some excellent moments, all of which are here. An essential purchase.