Posted: Jul 15, 2012 3:07 pm
I forgot about the Cobb/Watchband connection. Both bands are great. I think the Standells were more from a garage punk angle, whereas Watchband was psych druggy punk. Kind of like The Electric Prunes another favorite of that scene.
When I worked at Pipeline Records in Boston, the dude who ran the label part of the company was licensing stuff from Ray Harris, who was Ed Cobb's partner back in the 60's. He had some good stories, none of which I can remember unfortunately. Very sleazy hollywood record producer stuff. The producers viewed the music as garbage they could sell to teens, I think. Cobb and Harris came from a big band jazz tradition.
Beau Brummels LP's have some covers, but a surprising number of high quality originals- rare for that time period. Of course they are from the San Francisco area, so not quite the L.A. thing (Watchband was from San Jose but I always associate them with LA for some reason) , but I was just curious as to whether anyone had checked them out seeing as they were one of the first of the commercially successful garage bands of the 60's. I think their sound doesn't fit any particular niche and therefore does not get much attention.