The Standells

Best known for their hit ‘Dirty Water’, The Standells released a string of garage rock singles in the late 1960’s, which are now regarded as proto-punk classics. They’ve inspired such groups as the Sex Pistols, Ramones and Stooges. Everyone from Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith and U2 to Minor Threat has covered Standells records. “Dirty Water” is listed in the Rock Hall of Fame as one of the 500 songs that shaped Rock & Roll. The group was formed by keyboardist and lead vocalist Larry Tamblyn. “Dirty Water” reached #11 on the Billboard charts, #8 in Cashbox, and #1 in Record World. Other chart records include "Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White", "Try It," and "Riot On Sunset Strip," which is featured as the kick-off song Grammy-nominated Where the Action Is, a Rhino Records boxed CD set.

The Standells appeared in several movies, including “Get Yourself a College Girl” and “Riot on Sunset Strip”, performing the film’s title song. The Standells also frequently appeared on television. They guest starred as themselves in an episode of the The Munsters. They were also featured in an installment of The Bing Crosby Show, and as a nightclub band on an episode of Ben Casey. In addition to TV shows like Shindig, American Bandstand and Where the Action is, they were featured on Art Linkletter's House Party, debating broadcasting mogul Gordon McLendon who banned their recording “Try It”. McLendon deemed the song’s lyrics to be obscene. In reality, the song contained no questionable lyrics. By all accounts, the Standells defeated McLendon pretty handily.

"Dirty Water" is played after every home victory won by the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins and almost every sports team in Massachusetts. One would be hard-pressed to find a sports fan or rock music enthusiast in that state who never heard of the Standells. In 2007 the Massachusetts General Court has adopted “Dirty Water” as the ‘unofficial victory anthem of the Boston Red Sox’. The group has been regular guests of the Red Sox, including Game 2 of the 2004 World Series, 2007 ACLS championship, and most recently at Game 6 of the 2013 World Series.

The Standells have continued to actively perform throughout the world. Their recent concerts have been receiving rave reviews . In 2012 they released their first new album in over 45 years. “Bump”, which has been garnering high praise from music critics. They are about to release their 2nd new album “The 60’s the Standells” on Sony Music The group consists of original members Larry Tamblyn (lead singer & keyboard) and John Fleck (bassist), plus Mark Adrian (co-lead singer & guitar) and veteran drummer Greg Burnham.

"THE SLOTHS' DEBUT & FIRST album (50 years in the making) has just been released on both Burger AND Lolipop Records!
The fact that it took them 50 years to bring The Sloths back to life should be expected. They're sloths, the world's slowest three-toed mammal — with one hell of a prolonged comeback." - LA WEEKLY
1965. Five boys, ages 15 and 16, stepped onto the stage of the legendary PANDORA'S BOX on Hollywood's Sunset Strip.
THE SLOTHS were born.
Most were students at Beverly Hills High School, others were dropouts. They rehearsed in their parents' garages playing the music of The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Them, The Who, and the rhythm & blues musicians who had inspired those groups; Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and Muddy Waters.
The Sloths played virtually every venue in Hollywood; The Palladium, The Stratford, Sea Witch, The Hullabaloo, Bito Lidos, The Galaxy, and The Whiskey. They shared the bill with The Doors, Love, Iron Butterfly, The Seeds, The Electric Prunes and British icons Pink Floyd and The Animals.
THE SLOTHS recorded two original songs for Impression Records; 'MAKIN' LOVE' and 'YOU MEAN EVERYTHING TO ME'. Taking the vinyl 45 themselves to local radio stations, 'Makin' Love' was considered way too controversial for 1960s airplay. By the end of Summer 1966, the group disbanded. A few members joined other rock groups, the others left the music profession entirely.
Unbeknownst to them, during the 1980s, their record of MAKIN' LOVE was discovered and added to a collection of garage band music entitled BACK FROM THE GRAVE. It was now covered by many bands including The Gories. By 2011, the scarce remaining copies of their 45rpm of MAKIN' LOVE and YOU MEAN EVERYTHING TO ME was selling on eBay for $6,550.00.
Hearing of this, rock fanzine UGLY THINGS decided to do an article this unique occurrence and wanted to solve the mystery of 'Who Were The Sloths?' Editor Mike Stax tracked down original guitarist JEFF BRISKIN. Ironically at same time, Mike Dugo found bassist MIKE RUMMANS. Slowly others were found… STEVE DIBNER then DON SILVERMAN. Sadly, singer HANK DANIELS and drummer SAM KAMRASS had passed away.
Now for the first time in almost 45 years the guys rejoined other 1960s Sunset Strip rock musicians and…
THE SLOTHS were re-born.
The Sloths are performing their garage punk set list in the exact 'show band style' as they did in 1966.
Their original single MAKIN' LOVE has just been re-released on vinyl.
Over the last two years they've headlined at over 60 venues including The Bullet/Hollywood Studio Bar, Johnny Whiteside's Messaround, The Soda Bar in San Diego, the Rockit Room in San Francisco, and The Stork Club in Oakland, garagerock festival 'Debauch a Reno', Norton Records Benefit at the Echo and New Orleans' 'Ponderosa Stomp Music Festival'. This December 2013 they headlined the PURPLE WEEK-END in Leon, Spain.



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