1968: stoned is, into submission

Vanguard 6504.

I have Emmett from Art Decade to thank for originally bringing this song from 1968 – and this group – to my attention back in September, 2007. Emmett, in turn, caught it two years earlier on Ear Fuzz.

From Boston, Listening was a teenage band which in many respects served as a blueprint for Detroit\’s The Stooges. To my ears, at least. Since hearing this one track for the first time, I tracked down the LP, and while it is inarguably a cool slab of suburban psychedelic angst \’listened\’ to in its entirety, \”Stoned Is\” easily sets the bar throughout.

And it\’s not just that it rolls as much as rocks as a reinterpretation of the Kinks\’ \”All Day & All Of The Night\” – as Emmett rightly points out – which makes it so damn special. It not only very nearly succeeds in out-punking Iggy and The Stooges Elektra debut, but if I were a betting man I would comfortably wager that Malcolm McLaren had a copy of this stashed behind the counter of SEX. Right next to that pile of older Monkees and Small Faces 45\’s.

And if its cover were shown to be a little scorched and showing signs of Rizla wear and tear, well… I would not be at all surprised.

It\’s hearing shit as unexpectedly stunning as this every once in a blue moon that goes and makes my day.

Ernie Kamanis: drms, vocals; Peter Malik: guitar; Walter Powers: bass; Michael Tschudin: organ, keyboards, vocals.

Interestingly, too, bass player, Walter Powers previously played with Willie \”Loco\” Alexander in Boston garage punk ensemble, The Lost, before meeting up with him again further down the road in the last known line-up of The Velvet Underground.

Beat that for genuine pedigree.

The album was subsequently reissued on CD through Akarma (AK 050), but is sadly now out of print as far as I am aware.

Oh, and the fifteen year old artwork I looked out after shooting the shit with Jon from Poetry Is For Assholes about the dark underbelly of Santa Cruz, and the blackest lines which dissect the geography of serial intent.

WZJN ? Anything to add ?

LISTENING: STONED IS from \”Listening\” LP (Vanguard) 1968 (US)

SEX PISTOLS: SUBMISSION from \”Never Mind The Bollocks Here\’s The Sex Pistols\” LP (Virgin) 1977 (UK) OUT OF PRINT PURCHASE SEX BOX 1: SEX PISTOLS (3 x CD)


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