Thursday, June 6, 2013

Dunwich Records: The Banshees - Project Blue

"Oh Nooooo!" Day 4 of It's Dunwich Man! As we've stated in our three previous posts, Dunwich Records out of Chicago put out killer records and some spectacularly odd songs. Songs that are far from radio friendly. We already featured The Knaves anti-establishment number, The Things To Come 1000 mph version of I'm Not Talkin', and both sides of The Pride and Joy's lone output.

Today we feature perhaps the most crazed garage record ever put to wax! Man, that is saying a ton. Especially when we have songs like that by Australia's The Elois and Texas' The Outcasts. But I stand by it. Here we present Chicago's The Banshees doing their own composition, Project Blue. It was released in August of 1966. Any garage-O-file worth their salt has heard this song 1001 times (last week alone), but we can't let that stop us from giving them more love. This one is front and center on the Mt. Garagemore monument we have mythically built in our depraved heads. 

The Banshees were made up of singer Frank Bucaro, lead guitarist Ron Rouse, Rick Notolini on bass, John Smead on rhythm, and Tom Leetzow on drums. Lead guitarist, Ron Rouse gets writing credit for this. However, in the world's briefest interview over on, Frank Bucaro lays claim to co-writer credit. He wrote the Flip-Side of this single, the rather tame, Free

Musically speaking, this is -- and I use a technical musicologist term here -- fucking amazing. The lead guitar riff is a relentless, menacing, stabbing piece of testosterone that Angus Young could only dream of playing. You will never, ever, hear a better garage punk guitar riff. Ever. Ron Rouse, you are my hero for coming up with that and performing it so damn perfectly. Singer Frank Bucaro sounds nothing like he does on the rather tepid flip-side. (Yep, even us at Flip-Side HQ sometimes have to love the A-Side more.) On the rather cryptically named Project Blue, Bucaro screams so much and so loud you can damn near hear the blue veins popping out of his neck as he spits out "Come On Now!". There's not much to these lyrics, but man oh man, Bucaro delivers.
Oh Noooo!
I need your love baby, and I need it so bad, Yeah
'Cause your's is the only love that I ever had, babe 
I need your love baby, and only you know.
I need your love baby, and I need it more 
Your love, baby, I need your love, baby
Yeah love, oh! 
I need your love baby, and only you know. Yeah!
I need you love baby, and I need it more, love 
I need your love baby, and I need it so bad. Yeah
'Cause your's is the only love that I ever had, babe

Your love baby, I need your love, your love, baby
Come on Now!!!!!!!!!!!!
oh, come on
Let's be very clear. I would not let this man date my daughter.

If you go to that above linked interview, you'll see a picture of these cats. This is one of those things I love about 60s Garage Bands. They look so nice and clean cut. And then you get this out of them.

Like so many bands of their day, High School ended (yep, they were in high school when they did this number) and they disbanded. Some went to college, others to the military. The Banshees would scream their siren song no more. One depraved single is all we have of their existence.

We'll see you tomorrow with more Dunwich love, man. Until then, we'll see you On The Flip-Side!


  1. Ivanna SuckyabloodJune 6, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. My face just melted as I listened to that.

    1. Hell, I've listened to it no less than 1,000,000 times and it still grabs me every time.