Cooper", but by Steve "The Colonel" Cropper. Post a Comment. Storming, urgent garage rock burst of the Pickett classic. However, in the sixties its simplicity made it an attractive set choice The Wanted - In The Midnight Hour / Here To Stay the numerous young garage bands popping up all over the USA, meaning that besides Pickett's powerful and popular original rendition, there are a Classical Smoke - Classical Smoke of others which sound like a bunch of speedy spotty herberts thrashing around as if the 'midnight hour' in question couldn't come quickly enough.
The Wanted's rendition is probably my favourite of that set. Sacrificing groove and soul for thrash and fury, it picks the song up, grabs it by the arms and swings around their cramped quarters, bashing it against the walls and ceiling and leaving it in a heap after less than two minutes.
Like the best garage tracks, it translates the energy and attitude of a strong but chaotic live show to vinyl with effectiveness, making you feel as if you can taste the cheap, fizzy beer on tap and smell the armpits of the fat bald man in front of you so maybe it's not all good, then. The group were from Grosse Pointe in Michigan.
According to the Garage Hangover websiteThe Wanted - In The Midnight Hour / Here To Stay owner Barry Womersley - Youre My Wife (And I Love You, You Know) the Detroit Sound label they began releasing records on was the drummer's father Irv Steiner, a mightily convenient connection that presumably enabled them to put out rockers like this one on a label usually reserved for proper soul releases.
Sometimes nepotism can work out well for all of us. Four singles were put out on Detroit Sound, starting with "Here To Stay" - here finding a space on the flipside - and ending with "Midnight Hour". Neither Inside Job - Little Village - Little Village in the quantities anticipated, and it looks as if the band ceased their activities not long afterwards.
Please find it presented below for your delight. The flip, on the other hand, is a sombre and reflective ballad which remains in circulation, putting it off-limits for this blog - but you can check it out on YouTube. Labels: garagesixtiesThe WantedWilson Pickett. Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom.