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JAN and DEAN -What relevance do they have in to days society

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Initial post: 31 Oct 2012, 14:50:01 GMT
Geffers says:
Do Jan and Dean's recordings carry any weight in to days society .Does anyone out there still play their records with any regularity,same goes for Gary US Bonds ,Dick and Dee Dee,Freddy Cannon etc. Well they were big names once upon a time ,how do they shape up now .

Posted on 31 Oct 2012, 14:59:02 GMT
Martin says:
Probably - every artist in the whole world has their fanbase.

Posted on 31 Oct 2012, 15:04:11 GMT
TheFoe says:
Not heard of any of them.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2012, 15:05:24 GMT
Last edited by the author on 31 Oct 2012, 15:06:52 GMT
Geffers says:
Martin ,,,, Quite agree ,but we are all getting older ,will people [presumably under 40-50 ] ever become fans and keep those discs a spinning

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2012, 15:07:32 GMT
Martin says:
Jan & Dean are catchy enough to appeal to a young audience - they just need to get the seal of coolness from some contemporary pop stars. Not sure about Gary US Bonds though: he was always a peripheral artist anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2012, 15:17:53 GMT
Geffers says:
US Bonds perhaps not too peripheral ,he had a reasonable amount of chart action here and the States in the early sixties ,and Springsteen thought enough of him to try and resurrect him a few years back .

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2012, 15:19:05 GMT
Martin says:
True, but he was hardly a household name or one of the leading lights of a movement, was he?

Posted on 31 Oct 2012, 15:44:20 GMT
Bonds had a decent revival in the 80s when Brooooce and his band worked with him and I think he appeared at some rock festivals during the 70s. I'd heard of Freddy Cannon because the Flamin' Groovies recorded a version of Talahassee Lassie and I'm guessing that the onset of Beatlemania knocked his career about. Looking at their respective biographies it seems that they all had decent careers at the very least but were probably considered too unhip as the 60s wore on to make any further progress, with the exception of Jan & Dean who looked as if they might be able to negotiate the post-surf era had it not been for Jan's terrible accident. Dick & Dee Dee I'd never heard of so I had to look them up, but I wouldn't be surprised if they were eclipsed by the likes of Sonny & Cher. I'm sure all of the above elicit nostalgic pangs in certain quarters but Martin is quite right - the only way any of them could regain any sort of hipness quotient is if any current pop/rock luminaries champion their cause. Now, where did I put that Sha Na Na album?

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2012, 15:56:00 GMT
Geffers says:
Martin I concede somewhat but and it is a big but I remember when New Orleans and Quarter to Three came out and I went and bought them ,the sound of those records seemed sensational,,the over dubs ,the tape delay the overall muffled cacophony of what sounded like chaos in the studio ,it was a little like Spector's Wall of Sound .So different to anything that had gone before .Frank Guida who produced Gary's recordings in his tiny little studio must have had some doubts himself because every one from promotion to label bosses thought he had gone mad .The sound did take off though American kids pushed Gary's first two discs up in the charts but like all good things by the time they flogged the sound to death with discs like School is Out ,School is In and Dear Lady Twist it was the beginning of the end for Mr Bonds. I still play his discs a lot ,its good to reminisce .

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2012, 16:04:45 GMT
Martin says:
It is indeed, G, and we all have our heroes, however inconsequential they may appear to the rest of the world.

Posted on 31 Oct 2012, 16:19:08 GMT
Grimmy says:
see Mondo's Halloween thread.....

Posted on 31 Oct 2012, 16:25:37 GMT
Geffers says:
Have you taken the old XK-E out for a spin lately

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2012, 16:30:55 GMT
Martin says:
Mine's a 1966 Lotus Elan.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2012, 16:35:36 GMT
Geffers says:
OH You'll be all-right on Deadmans Curve then ,just watch out for that Stingray

Posted on 31 Oct 2012, 16:41:56 GMT
Last edited by the author on 31 Oct 2012, 16:44:10 GMT
Great version of 'Bucket T' which often gets a spin at Schiz Mansions whenever I'm in a surf music mood.


In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2012, 17:12:14 GMT
Geffers says:
You could have given The Little old Lady from Pasadena ,a ride in that but as you know there's only one seat in a Bucket T.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2012, 17:22:45 GMT
:-) ...only room for one on my ride!

Posted on 31 Oct 2012, 17:34:12 GMT
Geffers says:
That will be a push bike then or would Carl Jung find a different angle

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2012, 17:54:32 GMT
Mondo Ray says:
Geffers - Love all these people. Could add to the list - Orlons, Marvelettes among the groups, Wilbert Harrison, Carla Thomas, Lloyd Price to the solo artistes, and so on.

Your second point - people under a certain age not becoming fans of fifties artistes would have meant I'd never have bothered discovering the music and stars of the '40s/'30s/'20s and even earlier. Music's in you or it ain't!

Nice thread though, cheers!

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2012, 18:13:08 GMT
Geffers says:
Thanks everyone for this afternoons response ,where else could one go from The Mountains High,[Dick and Dee Dee] to American muscle cars to Mondo's list [yes I have stacks by that lot] and to think all I wondered was does anyone still play Freddie BOOM BOOM Cannon's ,Palisades Park . cheers to all Geoff.

Posted on 31 Oct 2012, 18:35:53 GMT
Sparky says:
Aren't they doing the adverts at the pictures now?

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2012, 18:39:12 GMT
B. Middleton says:
saw GARY US BONDS two years ago when he was one of the guest stars on BILL WYMANs ALL STARS tour.Also saw him guest on the JEFF BECK rock and roll show in memory of LES PAUL last year.Still going strong in his seventies.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2012, 19:29:06 GMT
NorahK666 says:
Ever heard of an American band called The Beach Boys? Well Jan Dean were first, better and The Beach Boys stole some of their songs in their early days before they started writing their own stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2012, 19:31:08 GMT
Geffers says:
Glad to hear he's still going strong ,73 and his real name is Gary Anderson........ That's amazing Sparky ,are P and D still going strong ,saw their feature when I last went to the cinema ,must have been around 1962 ,saw Hey Lets Twist ,with Joey Dee and the Starlighters ,,no Oscars there though .

Posted on 31 Oct 2012, 19:31:13 GMT
Jan & Dean went the way of so many surf acts such as the Surfaris & the Chantays. Out of that genre the only ones that really made a mark were the Beach Boys, but I guess they were in a class of their own!
To answer the opening post, yep, I remember them OK. As for the other acts, I know the names but can't place any songs so they never made any impact in the first place.
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