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The Flamin' Groovies at the Chapel
Deniz Tek (of Radio Birdman), Chuckleberries, DJ Sid Presley
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110
The Flamin' Groovies
The Flamin' Groovies story goes all the way back to 1965 when the band began as the Chosen Few in their hometown of San Francisco, California. After a name change and a self-released 10-inch album called Sneakers, the band caught the attention of Columbia Records, who signed them and sent them into the studio with a big budget to record their first full-length album, Supersnazz, for the Epic label. Their next two albums were on Kama Sutra (home of their heroes, The Lovin' Spoonful): Flamingo, and the now revered classic Teenage Head.
Lead singer Roy Loney left the band at that point, and lead guitarist Cyril Jordan moved the group to England with Chris Wilson (formerly of Loose Gravel) taking over as front man. They continued their style of straight-ahead guitar-driven rock ‘n' roll, but this time with a more 60's rather than 50's influence. A few singles on United Artists, recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales with Dave Edmunds producing, followed in the early 70's. In '76 they signed to Sire Records, who released three true gems of power pop: Shake Some Action, Flamin' Groovies Now, and Jumpin' In The Night.
Another lineup change ensued in the next decade with Wilson moving to England and joining the Barracudas. The Groovies continued on through the 80's and into the early 90’s touring Australia and Europe, putting out a fine but overlooked album called Rock Juice and then finally calling it quits. Jordan formed a new band called Magic Christian while Wilson released solo albums in Europe.
Then, in 2013, Jordan, Wilson and original founding member and bass player George Alexander reunited for the first time since 1981. With new drummer Victor Penalosa, a fine musician in his own right, the foursome has not only recorded fresh material but has also completed earlier material that has never before been captured.
They recently toured Japan and Australia, returning home to San Francisco to headline a show that sold out in less than 24 hours. Fans have been delighted with what is being called "a dream set list,” including original songs the band has never performed before onstage. Newcomers are asking, "Why haven't I ever heard of this group?"
It's hard to say just why the group hasn't gotten the attention they deserve (at least in the USA), but they're back to give everyone another chance at hearing and seeing just why those in the know consider them one of the greatest rock n' roll bands of all time.
Deniz Tek (of Radio Birdman)
March 2011 saw the Citadel Records release of the double-CD compilation "Deniz Tek-The Citadel Years". The founding member and chief songwriter of the acclaimed Radio Birdman has created a large body of unique work over the last 20 years and a varied selection of it is featured on this release. Tracks have been derived from numerous album and EP releases, many of which are currently out of print or hard to find. Collaborations with notable musicians are a feature, including sessions with MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer and various Radio Birdman members. Tek's songs are unique, bridging the gap between the style of Radio Birdman and a totally new path of experimentation. Following a successful Australian tour and recent performance in Ann Arbor with The Stooges, Tek will play a few selected USA shows to include shows in New York City. Joining him will be Art and Steve Godoy, legendary figures in the parallel worlds of tattooing, skateboarding, and punk rock. This album release and performances will be of great interest to fans, aficionados of underground Australian rock, and anyone who appreciates unique songs featuring a blend of hard and aggressive, as well as personal, guitar and vocal styles.
The Chuckleberries are a Bay Area super group featuring Russell Quan of Castro Valley CA
(The Mummies, The Dukes of Hamburg, The Phantom Surfers, The Horseless Headmen, The Count Backwards), Dave Seabury of the East Bay (Psychotic Pineapple,Little Roger and the Goosebumps), Jay Rosen from Nebraska (The Better Beatles, The Dukes of Hamburg, The Muskrats, The Legendary Stardust Cowboy) and Dave Kurtz (The Shangorillas, The Crazies).