Total Trash Presents
The Flamin' Groovies
The Sloths, With Special Guests
579 18th St
Oakland, CA, 94612
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is all ages
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, which sold amazingly well, the band caught the attention of Columbia Records, who signed them and released their first real album, Supersnazz, on the Epic label. Their next two albums were released on the Kama Sutra label: Flamingo, and the now revered classic Teenage Head.
Lead singer Roy Loney then left the band 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 '70s. 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 '90s 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.
Now in 2013, Jordan, Wilson and original founding member and bass player George Alexander have reunited for the first time since 1981. New drummer Victor Penalosa faithfully recreates the style heard on the classic recordings, while at the same time adding his own flavor. The foursome has gone into the studio to record brand new material as well as finish up some long lost recordings. They recently toured Japan, Australia, London, and the U.S. Fans have been delighted with what is being called "a dream set list," including original songs the band has never performed before onstage.
Back in 1965 The Sloths released one single that became a Garage classic. The wild Makin' Love with You Mean Everything as the flip-side. The Sloths were from the poor side of Beverly Hills and soon became a popular draw on the Sunset Strip. They supported bands such as Love, The Leaves and The Doors among other greats of that era. Here's your chance to catch some real unsung heroes of Garage Rock 'n Roll live!