The Missing Links - s/t (1966 - super stoned-out AUS Maximum RnB: The Pretty Things, The Downliner Sect)
Here is the exact moment when snot-nosed, tight-jean, American-RnB record-dweebs stopped worrying about perfecting their Jimmy Reed licks and started aiming solely at drugs and girls as the main remedy for a chronic case of pent-up adolescent frustration.
Sorry to say, Eric "cocaine" Clapton, but your Guitar God statues might get you the respect of your mates who can appreciate the authentic purity of master-race white-boy blues, but can you imagine how many hours of shamefully chapped-palmed masturbation he had to endure in order to get his nimble suburban-middle class digits to play like they had been tempered in the backwoods of the American South?
If your young, dumb, full of cum you can make like The Missing Links here and drop that "tallent" ruse for a cloud of blunt-smoke and and a rafter-swinging stage routine because in the end the ladies will go with the long haired guys every time. That's the whole reason for starting a rock band, right?
Yep, it is this very cheep-thrills proto-punk philosophy that would shortly develop into the even more refined no-girls-necessary ethos of the Psychedelic era. But in 1965-66 the drugs weren't THAT good, and so it was just a wild-man ape routine that separated your barely in-tune Fender Stratocaster from the thick-milk cream thighs of the female race.
The Missing Links were Sydney, Australia's answer to the Stones, Kinks, Pretty Things beat-boom of the mid-60's, but like most Australian rock imports, their sound was suspiciously raw, wild, and completely unhinged. Sure the Pretty Things were pretty raw, wild, and unhinged themselves, but The Missing Links give it an armature flair that takes their proto-punk formula into another proto-psych dimension entirely.
Sure much of this album sounds like standard Downliner Sect-type snarled RnB, but tracks like "Wild About You," which anticipated a John's Children-esque mod-psych-biker gang freak-out sex party, and a Pretty Thing's coped "Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut", which now sounds like the bongo-rhythmed beach-blanket-bong-out soundtrack that it was never intended to be.
The real deal sealer here though is an at first mysterious track titled "H'tuom Tuhs." What sort of Voodoo nonsense are they speaking you ask? When their recording engineer was playing back the "Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut" track, someone in the band like the sound and decided to make a single out of it. Yep, thats right, their bongo-freak-out version of "Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut" was intentional cut BACKWARDS and released on two sides of a single and on the LP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read it and weep! "H'tuom Tuhs" in '65?!?! I can't believe they have weed THAT good in the out-backs out Australia!??!!?
- hackneyed overview by denez
- Wild About You
- Hobo Man
- Bald-Headed Woman
- Not To Bother Me
- Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut
- Some Kinda Fun
- You're Drivin' Me Insane
- Nervous Breakdown
- Speak No Evil
- On the Road Again
- All I Want
- H'Tuom Tuhs
Don't bother buying this album here at Amazon, which lists the CD from $30 up to $104!!!!
Instead straight to EBAY - get it on vinyl here!!
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