Listen - The Standells perform Medication
We're building off our last post. The same label, the same producer, the same year and probably the same studio (and maybe even musicians) as our Chocolate Watchband
post just below.
Most people know The Standells
for their out of the garage hit, Dirty Water
. That song, written by producer Ed Cobb
, has led most people to believe the band is from Boston. Cobb
was, but not the Standells
. The members of The Standells
all hail from LA and even had a long history in the film scene in LA. One of them was even a Mousekateer
. Like the San Jose based Chocolate Watchband
, The Standells
were a real band and had been kicking around the LA scene in one form or another since the late 50's.
escapee, Dick Dodd
, left the surf combo, The Bel-Aires
(known for their regional hit, Mr. Moto
), the band began to take a more modern shape. Dodd
took over singing duties and the band, like all others around them, became hugely influenced by the British Invasion. The band released a few forgettable singles on Liberty Records
and VeeJay Records
. They even performed a number on the TV show, The Munsters
. Here is where Ed Cobb
enters the picture. Cobb
was looking for a group to market on his Tower Records
label and The Standells
fit the suit. They immediately hit it big with Cobb's
homage to his hometown of Boston, Dirty Water
. An inconsistent album of the same name followed. The first song off of that album is our SoTW.
The song is Medication,
and, to tie it back into our last post, The Chocolate Watchband
also did a version of the song. It's a beautifully produced, well restrained song that keeps our fingers snapping every time.