This is not a 'cover' per se but one of the first examples of a group who intentionally tried to 'ape' the sound of the early Kinks. Group members made no bones about the fact they were copying The Kinks and Dave Davies in particular. I'm talkin' in the vein of what The Who did in early 65 with 'I Can't Explain'. This song actually came out before The Who song and was an actual big hit in America (#11) which the Who song wasn't (someway, somehow? ). The many tv appearances, goofy colonial garb, and the group name (duh) tended to obscure the fact this was an excellent American garage band alternative to The Rolling Stones. I think Drake Levin (passed away last year ) did a great solo in the middle break fully worthy of a tribute to Dave!
I was such a Paul Revere and the Raiders fan back in the day. They appeared every afternoon on Where the Action Is. I had quite a crush on Mark Lindsay at the time. I was surprised when I visited the Music Experience in Seattle to see a section on their early days, when they were still a garage band. I didn't realize that they had released an early version of "Louie Louie" about the same time as the Kingsmen. On the West Coast, theirs was the version kids knew best.
I had read about their version of Louie Louie from time to time in mags before actually hearing it; never heard it on the radio. I think it might have charted nationally in the 70s or so based mostly on it's huge popularity in the Northwest. This probably goes in the 'Controversial' thread I've seen but haven't opened, but one of my biggest Kink's disappointments is their cover of Louie .
The Raiders did some pretty good country rock stuff in the 70s like Birds of A Feather and Country Wine. I've thoroughly enjoyed their 2Cd Legend of Paul Revere although the songs are remixed and in one of my favs, 'Kicks', it's noticeable to me.
Last Edit: Oct 27, 2010 20:29:50 GMT -5 by bamajohn1