Monday, February 3, 2014

Minnesota Garage Spotlight: The Castaways - A Man's Gotta Be A Man

We're going to spin some Minnesota garage for you all this week. We'll start with The Castaways who had a regional hit with their 1965 song, Liar, Liar. That number has deservedly had many lives as it still gets some airplay and has been in movies such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. But we're not going to play anything so obvious for you. Nope, we're turning our attention to the much harder to find follow-up single and we're going to focus on the Flip-Side of the said 1965 release on Soma Records. 

The A-side of the single, Goodbye Babe was a fine cut but was clearly trying to capitalize on the group's previous hit. The real gem is the flip, A Man's Gotta Be A Man, a mature number written by band guitarist and lead singer, Robert Folschow. It's a moody garage number with some wonderful ethereal keyboard work and a great harmonica break. Other members of The Castaways included James Donna on keyboards, Roy Hensley on bass and Dennis Craswell on drums and occasionally Dick Roby on 2nd guitar. Check out how young these cats were, particularly Craswell. 
Until next time, we'll see you On The Flip-Side!